What? (The idea)
Network/community for users to share lifts to go surfing/windsurfing/kitesurfing.
Traveling to spots is expensive and this way people can afford to go more by sharing the costs. At the same time they will be able to meet like minded people, encourage safety in numbers and get exposed to new surf spots.
It will be 100% user focused to gain loyalty and trust.
The website could be easily plugged into other websites in a widget form, in addition to a Facebook app for social networking.
Road transport accounts for 22% of the total UK CO2 emissions - a major contributor to climate change. The government has schemes in place to favor less pollutant cars, but this doesn't tackle the continued rise of traffic levels. As surfers know, sometimes it can be a pain when going to spots to surf. If you are new to the area, or don’t have your own transport, it is even more difficult. Especially as bus’s and trains don’t allow kit on.
So what I am proposing will make sure surfers are doing their bit to tackle carbon emissions and encourage car sharing so more surfers can surf more!
There will be an experimental point rating system to start with, to rate users, so that people are less likely to let others down (such as not turning up) as it is a network based on trust. More points could equal offers from partners such as Magicseaweed to encourage decent user respect.
It will be a free service to start with, to get it out the door and start receive feedback. Revenue would come from ad space from approved and relevant companies (within surfing world) with the option of an enhanced service offering (bus/mini bus tours and more features).
Long term we would talk to companies such as Magicseaweed to discuss plugging in their forecasting tech into the planning area of the site so forecasts are listed in appropriate surf spots.
In our uni alone around 210 people signed up to the surf club, compared to 228 last year. The main users will be surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers. Other people who could benefit from this service model would be runners and climbers to name a few.
Where the idea came from
From talking with a friend about going surfing, neither of us have a car.