Wave pools set to disrupt the surf charter industry, but in what way?


It’s no surprise to get the fact that when it comes to wave pools everybody seems to have an opinion on what this will mean for surfing’s future.

Will their advent spell the doomsday end to the magical mystery tour that traditionally a “surf trip” would aspire towards?

What about surf charter operators, losing their credibility once the perfect wave has been discovered on the corner of west and main streets in your major cities around the globe?

Who would want to risk the types of things you encounter when traveling to far off lands, when you could score the perfect barrel at your local, consistently and without the hassles of your homies droppin’ in on ya.

So let’s take a trip down future memory lane and see if we can come up with a likely scenario, that just might make the doomsayers sit up and think for a moment.

Firstly who goes on boat charter or land camp based surf trips?

Answer, surfers who are prepped and up for the challenge. Not necessarily excluding the older surfer, but the young fit chargers are who you mostly come across in your travels.

If you encounter older surfers, you will often hear of their lengthy prep times for getting ready for their trip of a lifetime.

Older surfers tend not go on surf safari adventures as the pressure to perform can often be out weighed by the prospect of actually being ready and able to charge when the opportunity comes up. So perhaps the wave pool can offer a suitable alternative.

Or perhaps something else entirely.

For starters, you need to surf all year round, in often horrible conditions, just to maintain a surfing fitness level that can best be described as a labour of love or at least a consistent grind, if you want to stay surfing fit and ready for when it begins to pump.

Being unfit and wave poor is a common problem especially as you get older. You just can’t turn up when it is pumping after not surfing for months during that flat spell or whatever is not to your liking and think you are going to be competitive in the line and actually get the waves you want.

Just not going to happen.

Wave pools on the other hand, offer you constant, predictable conditions that can help produce surf fitness. The perfect prep gym for the surf tourist, who wants to be in prime shape to take on what the ocean has to offer as soon as they jump into that warm water in the Mentawai islands, is something that the wave pool is going to be used for.

Gone are the first 5 days of your trip getting used to (read learning how to for the older surfer) surfing again, before you are ready to fully charge.

So you are older and don’t get that excited to surf onshore, closeouts at your local beachie anymore, and along comes the opportunity to change up the game with a Surflakes wave riding experience. This may be a surprise use for wave pools and not being the end result but just a component of the surfing experience that will add to their attractiveness and not diminish the surfing lifestyle at all.

Go ahead and book your charter, just make sure you have a week’s prep in the pool before heading off and you will be primed and ready to go full steam ahead when you get to your exotic locale.

Gone is the necessity of those continual grinding days in total crap, instead do other cool things all year round and stay fit at your local wave pool park.

What could be easier and more liberating for surfers the world over?

Will the surf safari industry experience disruption? Our original question and the answer just might be yes, but not the way you are thinking.

Surf charters may well become more popular as the number of people learning to surf explodes and at the same time your local beachie may well become less crowded.

Is this going to be a good thing or a bad thing?

Like the old proverb, “it’s too early to say”.

The future of surfing in the Olympics is going to be in wave pools if WSL have their way. https://www.surfline.com/surf-news/10-things-know-surfing-olympics/31109

The decision to make this first appearance be one of the traditional open ocean sense, could be the very last depending on the actual surfing conditions in Japan at the time.

No doubt it is exciting times with the explosion of wave pool technologies from Kelly’s Wave Ranch, to American Wave Machines Waco Texas, to Wavegarden’s Cove and soon to be released the Surflakes Plunger pool how the future unravel’s is truly anybodies guess but one thing is for sure, the buzz of surfing a wave is not going anywhere regardless of how the wave is generated.

Surfcomp Major Sponsor – NOVA fm

For Immediate Release.
Surfcomp close first major sponsorship deal with Nova FM:

Surfcomp – Leading Surf Competition App.
New sponsorship deal with the Nova FM brand.
News release today – 15th June, 2017.
To find out how to get your boardriding club involved, contact us below.

Sydney, 15th June: Surfcomp is pleased to announce Nova FM as a major sponsor of the Surfcomp App, supporting grassroot and elite surfing Australia wide.

Sean Jenkins, Head of Marketing & Communications at Nova FM said: “We are pleased to announce this prized sponsorship deal. We are eagerly looking forward to working with Surfcomp and supporting their activities to not only promote the sport on the grass roots level, but also to ignite and be apart of supporting razor cutting edge technologies within the amatuer levels of Australian surfing.”

“Obviously, we’re also pleased to be associated with Surfcomp as not only is their surfing competition app the market leader in technology, but the future is incredibly bright for all of those involved with the company. We pride ourselves on partnering with leaders in the sport of surfing so this partnership is a perfect match,” Mr Jenkins said.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nova FM to the Surfcomp family, and excited to team up with an Australian company who values the importance of community & grassroot sporting achievements as much as we do,” Surfcomp Founder Greg Gillespie said.

Background: The Nova Network is a group of five Australian radio stations, being one of the market leading radio stations which includes the premier radio show Fitzy and Wippa Nova 96.9. Nova is the #1 metro network in audience share 9.3{31f5d0b7b083e44f7d10b5f44fe6e40b7d234612ddf7a500ff2e6be1850ccca9} and a cumulative audience of 3,507,200 listeners. Nova targets the under 40 audience with the “freshest hits” music format and has the country’s #1 drive show, Kate, Tim & Marty and the #1 Nights show, Smallzy’s Surgery.

As one of the media industry’s most innovative companies and in view of the rapidly evolving media landscape, Nova has a mission to create content that is loved and shared by audiences, wherever they are.

Surfcomp welcomes Nova FM to the surfing family. Surfcomp is the leading surfing competition event organiser, mobile surfing app. Downloadable as a free app from the App Store for iPhones and iPads now.

Greg Gillespie – Founder
www.novafm.com.au/
Surfcomp Australia
P: 0414 619 891
E: info@surfcomp.net

Surfcomp – Two Ways To Run

Whether your club has the budget for a new boardriders judging system or not, Surfcomp provides two ways to run a successful boardriders event.

The diagram below shows you how you can get started with virtually zero dollar outlay – simply by using 4 iPhones.

For clubs that are more substantial we have the premium setup – consisting of 4 iPad Mini’s, a 40″ Flat Screen TV, Apple TV – all for around the $3k mark.
So this is a minimal cost for a club with a mindset to be charging it into the future and ending the “pieces of paper” madness that most contests turn into.

Surfcomp Is Now Live In The App Store & It’s FREE!

With the launch of the competitive surfing calendar for 2017 in full swing, in keeping with the timely kick off for North Narrabeen Boardriders Club’s first monthly competition in February, Surfcomp has finally made it to the App Store.

All competitors can download and login to register, view heat draw, push notices, lives scores, leaderboard upates and much more – all with a secure access code. Guests can login to view contests at any time.

Surfcomp Our Mission

Our original plan was to produce the best mobile app that would transform the way competitive surfing events are run for all Australian boardriders clubs, and in keeping with our mission, we are making Surfcomp a free download for any registered boardriders club in Australia.

With such a wealth of natural talent on tap, the Australian breeding ground for surfing champions holds the key to maintaining our country as the top nation in the professional competitive surfing for generations to come. Coupled with a more streamlined local boardriders competitive arena, we see the future for our athletes is brighter than ever.

To get your club going with Surfcomp, we have taken away all objections.

Firstly it’s not expensive – it is FREE!

Secondly you don’t need to outlay any additional coin to get up and running – start with a basic 4 iPhones setup – and you are away.

We have removed the hassle of “onboarding” your club – a simple spreadsheet with competitors organised in divisions, ranked top to bottom, email and mobile – supplied to us and essentially your club is ready to go. We provide email support, video tutorials to get you going quick smart.

Not only does Surfcomp not cost you a cent, we have a generous sponsorship program for qualifying clubs, that will even help you make money for your club – so what are you waiting for?

Get Surfcomp and solidify the future of your club with the industry’s best surf-tech today!

December 2016 Final Testing North Narrabeen

This coming Sunday the 4th of December, Surfcomp will be doing a live beta test at the North Narrabeen Board Riders Club, on the beach at the NN home break.

Surfcomp has come a long way in this two year development incubator period, with seemingly endless use case testing and finally we have a system that will be unbeatable.

We are taking interested clubs through the system right now, as committees are getting ready to make a big change in the way they run their contests as the coming 2017 board riders season approaches.

If you are wondering about how much this is going to cost your club, then consider this. The app will be a free download from initially the iTunes app store (Google Play later in 2017), and when setup correctly the cost to your club will be zero.

The best part is this includes the following hardware: Whiteboard – 40″UHD TV, Judging & Admin Devices -4 Apple iPad Minis and full migration of your club contestant data, including life members, club champions and all previous contest data, making the decision to go Surfcomp – truly a no brainer.

The wait has been long but it will be worth it when you choose to come out of the dark ages of the past 50 years of board riding club kaos and mayhem, and get on with propelling your club forward with our ground breaking Surfcomp mobile app.

“Surfcomp – killing contest kaos”

Real Time Surf Contest Management – Now Final Stages Of Development

Surfcomp the world’s first – “real time, surf contest management” app is reaching the final stages of development and about to enter the beta testing stage.

seeResultsaFirst release of the app will be rolling out early 2016, with the initial platform release on iOS (iPhone – iPad).

Clubs that are interested in being part of the beta test program, should contact us to find out how to be included in changing the competitive surfing world that has long been waiting for the chaos of surf contest management to be finally a thing of the past.

Surfcomp – App In Development

Photo: Darren Geros – Maldives.

Exciting news for all interested in using the Surfcomp app. We are one step closer to tossing away those fiddly pieces of paper, for our monthly surfing competitions, once and for all.

Surfcomp is now in development following the acquisition of funding through our newly appointed co-founder Darren Geros. ipad_mini1Darren is a long standing member of North Narrabeen Board Riders Club and has strong background in application development. As one of the founding partners of eMite Australia, Darren brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience in the online and systems management space.

Darren also brings in funding to help Surfcomp become a reality, and helping Australian board riders clubs take the often chaotic task of organising and running a local surf comp and bringing it up to speed with current technologies we all have in the palm of our hands.

With development still in the early stages, it is expected that a beta test application will be ready for a select group of board riders clubs to be testing in Q3/4 of 2015. The launch of our version 1.0 Surfcomp app is expected to see the light of day for all board riders clubs around Australia, January 2016. The app is set to be a free download for members and friends of individual clubs.

For more information on how your club can get involved and apply for possible inclusion on the beta testing program, click here to get in touch today.

Interview With Designer: Greg Gillespie

Photo: Mike surfphotosofyou.com – Greg Gillespie- NN – March 2015

The concept of finding a better way to run a local boardriders surfing competition really hit home late one Sunday in February of 2014…

It had been a long day at the beach, organising the first monthly contest for North Narrabeen Boardriders Club for 2014. The event kicked off in the usual fashion with the hussle and bussle of summer enthusiasm, with all the gromm’s chompin’ at the bit to get out there and carve it up.

The only difference for me, was my posting to the position of joint Contest Director with Dave Wood and Don Bronsveld, a fairly major promotion up from Head Judge, a position I had been awarded in previous years.

I thought that organising the event from a judging point of view took up a lot of time and energy, but it was purely nothing when compared to the chaotic mayhem of trying organise fair and seeded heats that everyone was happy with. There was an endless stream of requests to change my heat, change my rash vest because I am in back to back heats and I need to have the same colour on. Mix ups on the master sheet which became out of sync with the whiteboard that was the unfortunate result of all the demanding changes.

Wow, 25 years in the club and I thought I was doing my share of the work, just assisting with the judging responsibilities, man was I wrong. The role of contest director was one of intense pressure from whoa to go, even with two other blokes to help me out.

That night after returning home to rest my weary head, I lay down for a good night’s sleep, only to be woken at about 2am with the notion that there must be an app for this.

You’ve probably heard that expression, “there’s an app for that”, just like me, so I began to try and make sense of how an app could solve the whole list of repetitive tasks with our monthly contests.

Arising the next morning, I was determined to find that app. So out with the iPad at breky and off I dove into a bunch of searches. After quite some time and frustration, I reached the conclusion that there was no app out there that I could find that would do the job. After a couple of days scratching around the internet, it seemed that my idea was not yet a reality in any place I was looking.

With this realisation, that the app was not invented yet, I decided that the only remedy to this, was to start designing up something that would do the job myself.

Fast forward a couple of months of design mockups and revisions, and after a bunch of meetings with Jeremy Raper the NN Club President, a few user feedback sessions, testing on the beach and a general “hey what do you think of this?” approaches to several of the key members of the NN club, I was left with an overwhelming, “when can we have this?” response from one and sundry.

Probably the first person to ask if this would be ready for next month, was Twighty, our avid pointscore and rankings director of as many years as I can recall. Poor chap has been taking all the heat results and finals, to task with a spreadsheet, often times with entries missing or incorrect on the master sheets he has been supplied with. This much to the dismay of upset competitors who have chewed his ear off over the years. When I told him, it was just a concept at this point, his joy turned to resignation to the fact, he would crunching numbers for some time yet.

So with designs in check, it was off to find a developer for my idea, and some funding…