Two Australian surfers, Marion Law and Dane O’Shanassy, wanted to take the hassle out of organizing a beach vacation for surfers. Experiencing first-hand the problems surfers often face when traveling, the two began a niche peer-to-peer venture called Riparide. The site allows surfers to find accommodation and rent equipment from local surfers. In turn, users can also rent out their spare room or surfboard to earn a bit of cash on the side.
O’Shanassy commented that, “We’ve gone to places where we know the people with boards and places to stay, but not everyone’s lucky enough to know people in, say, Hawaii.”
Riparide hopes to make traveling for surfers much easier and reduce any costs associated with logistics and rentals of surfboards. The site offers a great way for like-minded people to connect and help each other out.