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Quipmo’s Awesome Team is Growing!!!

Quipmo are absolutely stoked to announce that Juan Pablo “Mono” Barrientos has joined the Quipmo team as Operations Specialist – Chile. Originally from Arica, Chile, Juan Pablo “Mono” Barrientos has more than 30 years of surfing experience and has been pivotal in the sport’s development in Chile. After graduating with a history degree from the Universidad Andrés Bello, he’s spent his life in the surf industry as a surf contest commentator and judge, course presenter for the International Surfing Association (ISA), and owner of surf shops and surf schools.

 

Equipment for the moment!

 

“Having someone of Mono’s incredible expertise and credibility joining the Quipmo team and leading our expansion into Chile is phenomenally exciting! There’s such massive potential for Quipmo in Chile, and working with someone who truly understands the Chilean surf and snow communities and who believes in our vision is amazing” Quipmo’s founder Chris Evans said.

 

 

 

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“All of our team are deeply passionate about helping people do more of what they love and Mono lives and breathes this. Mono’s experience right across the spectrum from grassroots to the elite level gives him a truly unique insight into how to best serve the market and grow Quipmo in Chile. We are absolutely pumped for what’s possible and can’t wait to see what we can achieve together!” Evans said.

 

If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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The Fiji Surfing Association and Quipmo announce partnership!

Accessing awesome gear in Fiji just got easier

Highlights:

  • Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer gear rental marketplace for like-minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure!
  • The Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) is the sole national governing body in all matters relating to surfing, and access to surfing beaches for the public of Fiji!
  • Quipmo and the Fiji Surfing Association announce partnership to get more people surfing and SUPing in Fiji!
  • Connecting people with great gear for adventures just became a whole lot easier!

The Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) is the sole national governing body in all matters relating to surfing, and access to surfing beaches for the public of Fiji. It is the mission of the FSA to bring the sport of surfing to the people of Fiji by encouraging and enabling mass participation with emphasis on youth and children.

The association also educates people about water safety and the importance of the environment, to ensure that the natural resources of the Fiji Islands are maintained for the future enjoyment of tomorrow’s children.

A partnership to get more people in the water in Fiji and to give local people and businesses new opportunities!

 

Fiji is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and is a holiday makers paradise! When there are so many amazing things to try and so much fun to be had, it’s simply not possible to take every kind of gear with you. This partnership now makes it easier than ever to give travellers access to great gear, when they want it, and all the while supporting the local community. There’s just nothing better than enjoying an authentic experience when you travel!

FSA said of the partnership – “The surfing community in Fiji is extremely fortunate to have Quipmo on board and showing interest in our region. This is a game changer for small businesses and particularly for visitors looking to incorporate a little local knowledge into their activities away from home. We at FSA can’t wait to see the potential unfold and begin sharing this tool with the rest of Fiji.”

 

 

 

Quipmo’s founder and CEO Chris Evans said: “To say that we are stoked to be partnering with FSA would be an understatement! We’re truly delighted to be working with such a passionate organisation who care so very deeply about their community. We can’t wait to get more people enjoying the water when they’re travelling through Fiji and also to assist local Fijians and Fiji businesses gain a new pathway to access Fiji’s incredible tourism industry! ”

 

 

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Have you got gear …

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In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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The World Waveski Surfing Association and Quipmo Announce Global Partnership!

Accessing a Waveski anywhere in the world is now just a click away! 

Highlights:

  • Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer gear rental marketplace for like-minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure!
  • The World Waveski Surfing Association (WWSA) are the global peak body who are charged with supporting the development of Waveski Surfing globally as well as running the World Waveski Titles!
  • Quipmo and the World Waveski Surfing Association announce partnership to get more people Waveski Surfing all around the world!
  • Connecting people with great gear for adventures just became a whole lot easier!

The World Waveski Surfing Association (WWSA) are the global peak body who are charged with supporting the development of Waveski Surfing globally as well as running the World Waveski Titles!

In addition to this, WWSA are truly a global leader in the adaptive water sports area giving people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to enjoy the ocean and surf new opportunity to again engage in both!!

A partnership to get more people in the water and to make Waveski accessible for all!

 

In a sport where it’s naturally challenging to travel with gear, this partnership offers the chance for people to waveski surf all around the world! Whether you’re travelling in Spain or Australia, this partnership will help people find gear they want so that they can participate in the sport they love!

Gus Presa President of WWSA said of the partnership – “We are incredibly happy to announce our partnership with Quipmo. Our sport is small in numbers and Quipmo is offering us a great opportunity to little by little, get more visibility and attract new people into the sport! All the gear you have in your garage could be now rented by travellers and when you’re travelling it’s going to be easier than ever to access gear. Thanks to Quipmo for offering us such an exciting opportunity.”

 

 

Quipmo’s founder and CEO Chris Evans said: “We are absolutely stoked to be partnering with the World Waveski Surfing Association! The sport lends itself perfectly to Quipmo – in gear that is difficult to travel with but that has a wide and varied global community. Furthermore, we’re phenomenally excited about WWSA’s vision and leadership in the adaptive ocean water sports space! For us to be able to help in a very small way give people who wouldn’t otherwise have chance to be in the water – well that’s just awesome!! ”

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Have you got gear … 

If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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Quipmo and Bicycle Network announce partnership!

Bike sharing across Australia just got easier!

Highlights:

  • Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer gear rental marketplace for like-minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure!
  • Bicycle Network is Australia’s largest bike riding organisation. With over 50,000 members nationwide, Bicycle Network is active in every state and territory in Australia. Founded in 1975, Bicycle Network has for more than 40 years now, been passionately and tirelessly supporting, educating and standing up for people who ride bikes!
  • Quipmo and Bicycle Queensland announce partnership to get more people cycling across Australia!
  • Connecting people with great gear for adventures just became a whole lot easier!

Quipmo and Bicycle Network have joined forces to give Australians access to bicycles and sporting gear anywhere at any time. This partnership will give people access to all kinds of bikes and accessories wherever they are to help them see the sights and live like locals. Instead of having to worry about packing and safely transporting bikes when travelling, people can now just search Quipmo for their preferred ride at their destination, book it for hire and be set to go.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said it is exciting to partner with a revolutionary service that will make bike riding easier for people wherever they are.

“There is great bike riding almost anywhere you go in the world, but sometimes bringing a bike with you in the car, train or plane can be hard,” said Mr Richards.

“With Quipmo, our members will be able to hire bikes and riding gear wherever they are and become part of the local bike culture. And like Airbnb and other services, gear will also come with some bonus local tips and insight from owners.”

A partnership that has the potential to further align cycling and tourism

According to the key findings from the Austroads 2013 Participation Survey 3.6 million (17% of) people ride a bike in Australia each week and 7.4 million (37%) had ridden at least once in the previous year and the average Australian household has 1.5 bicycles in working order. With over 8 million households in Australia the quantum of bike stock nationally is truly huge!

This coupled with how large the tourism industry, both domestic and international, means there is a huge opportunity to get more travellers seeing Australia and engaging in Australian communities on bike!

 

 

 

Quipmo CEO Chris Evans said it is a thrill to be partnering with a truly world class body and Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation.

“Partnering with Bicycle Network will help make bike riding easier for everyone all around the country. We can’t wait to see more people riding and this initiative will further align Australia’s cycling community with tourism,” said Mr Evans

“By giving people access to great gear wherever they’re travelling, whether it’s domestic or international, more people will enjoy this amazing country by bike which would be a fantastic outcome.”

To get started and make a booking for your next trip away, visit quipmo.com, set up a profile and begin searching. You can also list any of your own gear.

 

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Have you got gear … 

If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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We’ve released our very first promo vid!

We are absolutely stoked to present Quipmo‘s very first promo vid!! A truly huge thanks to Gavin Pratt for pulling this together and for being an absolute champion!!

We can’t wait to hear what you think and please post your thoughts below.

 

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If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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Quipmo and Bicycle Queensland announce partnership!

Bike sharing in Queensland just got easier

Highlights:

  • Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer gear rental marketplace for like-minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure!
  • Bicycle Queensland is the pre-eminent voice for community cycling in Queensland. With about 18,000 members statewide, and 32,000 subscribers Bicycle Queensland exist to help Queenslanders cycle safely.
  • Quipmo and Bicycle Queensland announce partnership to get more people cycling in Queensland!
  • Connecting people with great gear for adventures just became a whole lot easier!

Bicycle Queensland (BQ) is the pre-eminent voice for community cycling in Queensland. With about 18,000 members statewide, and 32,000 subscribers Bicycle Queensland exist to help Queenslanders cycle safely. BQ are dedicated to the promotion of bike riding as a driving force for individual health and well-being, and the empowerment of sustainable development.

Over the past 40 years BQ has grown from a small collective of concerned citizens to one of the largest and most influential community cycling organisations in Australia.

BQ is the state’s foremost provider of comprehensive insurance and legal advice for bike riders, and is also the powerhouse behind iconic cycling events such as the Great Brisbane Bike Ride, the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, and Cycle Queensland.

A partnership to get more people cycling in Queensland

 

Quipmo and Bicycle Queensland are going to get more people cycling in Queensland more often! Whether it’s offering high performance road bikes for people travelling on business, families chasing bikes for the kids whilst on holidays or whether it’s giving access to the latest gear releases through demonstration models – this partnership will get more people riding and more people passionate about cycling in Queensland!

With over 800,000 people cycling every week in Queensland[i], coupled with Queensland being a travel beacon for both business travellers and holiday makes, the potential for Quipmo to substantially alter the cycling tourism landscape in Queensland is significant. Whether it’s a local bike shop looking for new customers or someone with bikes in their shed, anyone can now service the Queensland tourism market. This initiative is not simply for the most dedicated of cyclists but is aimed at the mainstream and offers another string to the bow of Queensland’s world class tourism industry.

Quipmo’s founder and CEO Chris Evans said: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Bicycle Queensland and can’t wait to substantially change bike rental access for Queensland’s 24 million visitors per annum[ii]! Working with a highly innovative organisation who are at the very forefront of cycling advocacy and community leadership is truly exciting and we believe that this partnership has the potential to bring the whole community together through the share economy and cycling.”

CEO of Bicycle Queensland, Anne Savage, urged Queensland bike owners to register on Quipmo. “We’re pleased to partner with Quipmo to make this platform widely available in Queensland. It’s a great way for Queenslanders to list their bikes online for the enjoyment of a local neighbour or international visitor. This partnership is key to our mission and will encourage residents and tourists alike to cycle for fun, to socialise, and to experience Queensland’s culturally diverse communities and natural environment. There’s no better way to see the sunshine state than by riding a bike and enjoying our great outdoors.” Ms Savage said.

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Have you got gear … 

If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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Quipmo and the APB World Tour announce global partnership!

 

 

Quipmo and the APB World Tour announce global partnership to get more people bodyboarding all over the world!

 

Highlights:

  • Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer gear rental marketplace for like-minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure!
  • The Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) World Tour is the sole governing body of professional bodyboarding – crowning bodyboarding’s undisputed world champions!
  • Quipmo and the APB World Tour announce global partnership to get more people bodyboarding all over the world!
  • Connecting people with great gear for adventures just became a whole lot easier!

 

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour is the sole governing body of the World Bodyboarding Tour – crowning bodyboarding’s undisputed world champions. The APB World Tour also represents the athletes, officials & event promoters with the paramount goal of delivering the sport of bodyboarding to a vast growing audience of spectators, supporters and fans around the world and also develop the sport from the grass roots level right through to the world’s elite top 32 professional bodyboarders. The APB World Tour is dedicated to showcasing the world’s elite bodyboarders in the world’s best waves, celebrating and growing the history of bodyboarding, its elite athletes, diverse fans and dedicated partners that together embody bodyboarding today.

 

Professional bodyboarding was birthed in Hawaii at the infamous Pipeline in 1982. Since then, as major extreme sports evolved, bodyboarding has grown globally in the recent years with numbers of participants exceeding the tens of millions across the globe. With the sport expanding at a rapid pace, the future prospects are nothing shy of phenomenal!

 

Quipmo and the APB World Tour announce global partnership to get more people bodyboarding all over the world!

 

Quipmo and the APB World Tour have big plans to get more people bodyboarding and to substantially improve access to bodyboards worldwide. Whether it’s at the grassroots getting kids bodyboarding on holidays or whether it’s giving access to the latest gear releases through demonstration models – this partnership will get more people in the water and more people passionate about bodyboarding!
 
Quipmo’s founder and CEO Chris Evans said:

“We’re absolutely over the moon to be partnering with a truly world class organisation who are driving bodyboarding to the forefront of action sports globally

and who are have great ambition to open new markets. We’re equally stoked to be working with people who are just as passionate about adventure and the water as we are. We can’t wait to be part of bodyboarding’s rapid growth and to offer a place where people can get or rent out their gear safely, efficiently and with a process that is … easy.”
 

 

“We’re stoked to be able to partner with Quipmo on an incredible concept. I honestly can’t see this not working at all – it’s a no brainer idea and will take off! We are super stoked to be part of it especially at ground level.”

said Alex Leon CEO ABP World Tour.
 
Deloitte Access Economics estimates that the collaborative economy already makes up around 1-2% of the retail goods market in Australia[1]. Given that on average 8 million different Australians interact with eBay on a monthly basis[2], and with Time Magazine’s recent findings that 70% of Americans have directly participated in the share economy[3], it’s not hard to imagine the potential impact of this partnership in Australia and abroad.

 

“Helping people have small adventures more frequently by giving them access to great gear all around the world is incredibly exciting. Everyone smiles when they’re doing something they enjoy – through this partnership we hope to make those adventures a whole lot easier.”

Evans said.

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Have you got gear … 

If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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Dale Stanton: Mates, 1000kms and Gnaraloo

Chris Evans | An introduction

Dale Stanton is a kiter, shaper, photographer, adventurer and all round waterman! Kiting since 1999 Dale’s kiting accomplishments continue to grow and gather momentum. A quick snapshot on how far Dale’s come since 1999 below:

2017 – Overall champion – Ian Young perpetual trophy – Lancelin Ocean Classic
2017 -4th Lancelin Ocean Classic Kitesurfing race
2016 – 3rd Western Australian Kitesurfing State Titles
2015 – 1st – Lancelin Ocean Classic Kitesurfing championship (waves)
2015 – 1st Place RedBull Light house 2 Leighton – Twintip
2014 – 1st Place Lancelin Ocean Classic – Kitesurfing Marathon
2012 – 2nd Place – Redbull Lighthouse to Leighton
2011 – 1st Place – Redbull Lighthouse to Leighton

Quipmo are absolutely stoked have Dale shares his latest adventure with us – Mates, 1000kms and Gnaraloo

 

Dale Stanton | Date 7/01/18

Gnaraloo – let’s make it happen!

 

So I get a call from an old friend from Melbourne and he’s toying with the idea of a Gnaraloo trip. To put it in perspective its been about 7 years since our last kiting/windsurfing trip together and life is pretty busy these days, more so when you run your own business. My first instinct was to say, “Are you kidding me, that place is amazing, I can’t believe you’ve never been there, lets make it happen”. I didn’t think it would as there are a lot of things that need to fall into place, especially when you live a few thousand kilometres apart. Safe to say a few phone calls and emails over the weeks with a solid swell and wind forecast before you knew it I was picking them up from Perth Airport straight into a 12 hour drive north (about 1000km).

 

Now if you haven’t been to Gnaraloo, its unique. The first thing is, you need to take your own water, fuel and camping supplies, they say normally about 10L-15L a day per person, so for three people staying 7 days thats a lots of space that could be used for surfboards, kites and all the other fun toys you need up there. Gnaraloo is about 2 hrs north of Carnarvon, not to mention a long and bumpy ambulance ride back to town if you ding your self up bad so make sure you take a decked out first aid kit. I never travel without a roll of fixamol, betadine, hydrogen peroxide and antiseptic powder. Any surfer who’s travels the globe knows this is essential kit.

 

 

Before we left we did some planning and figured I didn’t have enough camping gear to deck out the gang so we booked a cabin up at the homestead.  Best idea ever!!!!! I didn’t have to mini tanker of water and the cabins had a fridge, freezer, shower and a few other mod cons that you don’t get sleeping in a tent. This was my first taste of luxury in the desert and it was worth every penny.

 

 

So we got on the road around 10am after a some flight delays and arrived in Carnarvon at about 8:30pm. Thankfully I just missed clipping a large cow that decided standing in the middle of the road in the dark was a good idea. Hitting the beast at 100km/hr would make a mess of my car and be a trip ender, if not a free trip to hospital.  I recommend stopping in town at some of the local farms to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies. (just follow the signs) It tastes amazing and is good value. I do the same on the way home and give away boxes to my folks.

 

A quick run around to get some last minute booze supplies and were were on our way. The remaining part of the journey takes a little longer as its on sandy corregated tracks and there are plenty of roos to dodge. If you’ve got this far to only to see the bitumen suddenly disappear and you’ve never driven on corregated tracks before, this is a good time to let your tyres down to about 20psi. It’ll definitely make the trip smoother and keep the fillings in your teeth from falling out. Make sure you take a compressor to pump your tyres up on the return trip.

 

We arrived at the homestead at about 10:30pm which is some 15 mins north of the main camping ground (3mile) and the Melbourne boys were shattered. They had been up since 3am eastern stardard time and it felt like 1:30am for the poor buggers.  A quick beer and straight to bed for some well earned shuteye.

 

The next five days were filled with lazy mornings, lots of coffee, a few desert board repairs and a bucket load of water time. It blew 20-30 knots from the south most days with the wind coming in around 10am. The swell built gradually throughout the week to peak at about 3.5m. Ideal really as you don’t want to rock up and have 10ft bombs exploding on your head the first day and 2 footers at the end of the trip. By the last day I was starting to blow bubbles in my coffee I was that excited… tombstones pumps on a swell that size but its also flippin scary. Daniel from Kiteaddiction in Myaree also made his first trip to Gnaraloo, it was great to see him tearing the bag out of a few bombs and big thanks for the supplies run from town. (cheers Dan)

 

As hard as it was, we all shared the time behind the camera lens so we could each other on film. Hopefully in 20 years we could look back and reminisce about how good the trip was.

 

Highlights for everyone   

 

  • Gnaraloo bay for a relaxing swim in the mornings

  • Whales swimming through the lineup and tombstones

  • Gourmet breakfast cook ups on the bbq with fresh produce from Carnarvon

  • A hot shower at the end of a long day

  • ICE COLD BEER from the Engel.

 

Gnaraloo Station has a website and they have plenty of FAQ’s, maps and advice for travellers. The station owners are more than happy to answer any questions you have so enjoy and get amongst it.

 

A huge thanks to:

 

Cheers

Dale Stanton

Follow Dale’s adventures on both Instagram or Facebook here!

 

And to rent gear off Dale and maybe hit him up for a tips in the process simply head over to Quipmo 

 

Have you got gear … 

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In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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Adam and Gita – Bangkok to Lauang Prabang on bike …

Chris Evans | An introduction

Adam Mitchell is a highly acclaimed and award winning theatre director www.adammitchell.com.au having been Associate and Resident Director for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Black Swan’s HotBed Ensemble, and in addition to his independent work, regularly directs Theatre, Opera and Music Theatre for The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He’s always been hugely talented and success was largely an inevitability.

Adam and I know each other from a very different world however for we first met and became very good friends at the ripe old age of six, as students of our local kindergarten. Our days largely spent trying to mine the elusive ‘choccy brown’ from the kindergarten’s sandpit – which in reality were simply different coloured rocks but to a six year old – carried great currency. Many of my fondest childhood memories are of times with Adam and his family, including taking the zodiac up the river with Adam and his dad, or trips up to Wedge Island. In fact I still think I’m nursing bruises 30 plus years later from being towed behind a quad bike whilst riding a sand board! Thousands of hours on the tennis court together, actually thousands of hours of me getting flogged on the tennis court by Adam, thousands of adventurers, thousands of stories.

Upon reflection, perhaps the thing that has shone most brightly through Adam through all of these years is his spirit and conviction to cut his own path. To forge his own journey. There really is something very special in someone chasing their own dreams, tackling their own mountains and treading their own adventures. This next instalment of our Stories and People series penned by Adam really sums up adventure perfectly, in that one has an idea, and makes it happen. And perhaps there’s a very clear lesson in that for all of us, adventure really is that easy and adventure really is that available, all we must simply do is choose it.

 

Adam Mitchell | Date 30/11 /17

One of the best ways to see the world is from the (padded) saddle of your bike.

 

My girlfriend Gita and I had been trying to get away on an extended trip for years, and the budget being what it was- all roads pointed to South East Asia.  We had both spent time in Thailand and I’d previously had a ball in Laos, but neither of us had ever really cycled further than getting home from the pub.

The plan was simple; land in Bangkok and then take two months to amble north through the back roads of the country. From the northern boarder of Thailand we would then embark on a slow boat through the mountains to Luang Prabang Laos, and then tack south heading down the Malay Peninsula towards the islands of Ko Tao and Sumi.

We had neither decent bikes or any level of fitness that would prepare us for the 2000km journey, though the deal we made with each other was that if it got too mountainous or there was too much highway riding we would simply jump aboard the next train

 

 

We bought simple bikes and attempted to string together a series of warm up rides around our city. On ride one I got a flat tyre (I wasn’t carrying a spare), and on ride two, Gita fell off and ended the day in the hospital with 12 stitches. Our confidence was dented. Jump forward two weeks later and we are trying to survive on the busy, yet courteous streets of the Thai capital with just two panniers each. Gita 6KG, Me 5KG. That was it! With all supplies bike repair kit, spare tubes etc in that.

“On ride one I got a flat tyre (I wasn’t carrying a spare), and on ride two, Gita fell off and ended the day in the hospital with 12 stitches. Our confidence was dented. Jump forward two weeks later and we are trying to survive on the busy, yet courteous streets of the Thai capital with just two panniers each. Gita 6KG, Me 5KG. That was it!”

 

We hopped a train north to the ancient city of Ayutthaya (we decided getting out of Bangkok on bike was suicide), and the cycling began by following the Chao Phraya River into the former capital of Siam. Meandering through the ruins of the UNESCO world heritage site on bike was a great way to acclimatise to heat and humidity. From here we had many early mornings to try and escape the heat of the day and slowly threaded our way through villages and small towns towards the metropolis of Chiang Mai. The humidity was so oppressive 50 or 60kms felt like a full days riding, and we tried very hard to be off the road before noon.

 

Through the ancient city of Sukhothai and the bustling market towns of Phitsanulock and Chai Nat, the Thai people are friendliest and most welcoming we’ve met. We were certainly a novelty is some dusty manufacturing towns, but in every spot we were directed to the tastiest thai foods imaginable and icy cold Singha beers.

From the lifesaving roadside breakfasts of banana and sticky rice porridge wrapped in banana leaves to super spicy curries and everything deep-fried and served on a stick, Thailand is all about the food.

Chiang Mai was far busier and touristy than it had been when I’d visited 10 years earlier, so we upgraded our cycles for a motorbike and headed towards the mountains and the Mae Hong Song loop. This is a 600km circuit through some of the most scenic and death defying mountain roads you can imagine. Four days of fear on the motorbike navigating hairpin turns was actually more exhausting than the cycling. It was nice to be cooler riding through the beautiful misty valleys along the Myanmar boarder following the narrow cliff top roads and of course eating the local spicy everything.

Back on the bikes and headed east towards the boarder of Laos and an obligatory travellers experiences, the two-day slow boat to Luang Prabang.


We loved the boat thing and the night stop over at Pak Beng. The isolation of this walled city and the influence of French colonists are astonishing.

From the Buddhist Monks daily collection ritual to the amazing pastries and coffee houses on the cobblestone streets, it’s an unlikely cosmopolitan mix literally in the middle of some serious jungle.

 

From here we boxed up our bikes and boarded a flight back to Bangkok. Riding south was less picturesque, it was hard to get off the highways, but the town of Prachuap Khiri Khan and hitting the water festival at Hua Hin were highlights.

The Elephant Refuge  www.thaielephantrefuge.org
about 30minuts from Hua Hin is our recommendation for travellers wanting to see elephants in an ethical way. A brilliant organisation that rescues elephants from right across the county, it’s a seriously good organisation and no, you do not get to ride them.

The last few weeks were spent in recovery on the beautiful beaches of Sumi and Ko Tao. We couldn’t recommend taking a biking adventure more. It’s a wonderful way to see the world, and there’s a whole lot more world to see!

 

 

 

Have you got gear …

If you’ve got gear be sure to get it up on Quipmo and let’s make someone’s adventure today!

 

In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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Gavin Pratt – from Burleigh to Shanghai

Chris Evans | An introduction

Gavin Pratt (Fats) is a surfer, coach, athlete, and just an all round champion. We’ve been mates since early primary school and have shared plenty of adventures together – from Gnaraloo to surfing in New York to volunteering in an orphanage in Mexico to Margaret River to the Goldy and Byron to Guatemala and Nicoragua. Plenty of adventures and plenty more stories!

Fats has always been naturally good at stuff. When we were growing up the lucky bugger would be a natural at whatever he tried his hand at – captain of the East Fremantle colts, state volleyball, districts cricket, boxing or in the water – he’d just pick things up quickly. But that was a long time ago and being a natural has a life span and a useful life. Far more impressive than his collection of silverware is his character and specifically his humility and his persistence. A steady march forward. With each goal achieved he would once again lift his eyes up to his new horizon, and start moving towards that new peak in the distance.

There’s undoubtedly a lesson in this for all of us – ability is absolutely important, and in a lot of circumstances it’s undoubtedly a tick to play, but over the long haul, life rewards prolonged effort. There’s plenty of talented people who hit their peak in their teens, or twenties, and plenty of people who plateau in terms of ambition and focus – and that’s totally ok and everyone has their path, but there really is something inspiring about the journeyman and those that just keep taking those small steps forward. Those that continue to grow. This is what makes Fatty’s journey inspiring and one that we can all take something from for it’s the journey that is the reward. And here’s the rub – ability is all well and good, but it’s Fat’s character that makes him a champion!

Fats shares his latest instalment with Quipmo – moving from Burleigh to Shanghai.

Gavin Pratt | Date 11/11 /17

I was at a crossroads and a decision had to be made.

At the time, I was living what I thought was the dream life. My own business (coaching athletes & general populations) on the Gold Coast, was affording me a great lifestyle and also allowing me to rack up the hours in the some of the best waves in the world, almost daily.
 


At home in front of the camera.

 
However, there was still something eating away at me. Was this it? Do I just do this for the rest of my life? There had to be other places to explore and different personal challenges ahead… surely?

Coincidentally, I then got an email. It was from a well-known strength & conditioning company is the USA called EXOS, and they wanted to know if I was interested in moving to China to help prepare elite athletes for the largest sporting competition in the world, The National Games of the People’s Republic of China.

Whoa.

China wasn’t my first thought when I was wondering if there was more avenues to explore in life, but hey, why the hell not give it a go?!! So my girlfriend and I packed up our life and moved to Shanghai to search for greener, more-eastern pastures.


 
China is a different beast altogether. Not only culturally, but in pure weight of numbers. The city of Shanghai has the same number of people as the entire population of Australia….and that’s just one city! Things are just done differently here and it took a few months of adjustment to work ourselves into the ‘system’.
 
Fats presenting at the Shanghai National Strength & Conditioning Association conference!
No waves for miles – why not go and crank out a half marathon to kill some time


The coach in action

Han going over the specifics of Supplementation for Injury & Performance, at the Shanghai Research Institute of Sports Science

However, this wasn’t my only challenge, as I’d gone from surfing almost daily to wondering when I’d get the opportunity to surf next…and where? Surfing to me is a medication. It pushes me to perform better than before, like a good hit of adrenaline. It makes me relax like mediation. Finally, it keeps me focused on the important things in life, such as my health and loved ones. So when this ‘medication’ is taken away from me, things start to get a little shaky (and if I’m being honest, I tend to get a little grumpy too!).

 “Surfing to me is a medication. It pushes me to perform better than before, like a good hit of adrenaline.”

I had to come up with an alternative way to approach my surfing, knowing consistent waves at my doorstep were no longer available. I work 6 days per week and have 1 weekend off per month, so my idea was to approach that weekend as a 2-day strike mission to places I haven’t surfed, with the hope of stumbling upon a wave that made the travel time entirely worth it. Rather than look for perfection, I had to readjust my line of thinking. It would be more like an adventure of journey and discovery, and if waves happened to be the end result, I’d be even more stoked with the outcome.

With this line of thinking, I have managed to surf new countries, including China and Taiwan, with some small islands around the place being my next line of focus. I’ve also managed to score a couple of epic sessions with 1-2 people out, making my time at Snapper and Burleigh seem like a nightmare (but the waves there are just so good!).

“Rather than look for perfection, I had to readjust my line of thinking. It would be more like an adventure of journey and discovery, and if waves happened to be the end result, I’d be even more stoked with the outcome.”

 
I’m not sure how long I’ll remain in China, but no matter what happens next, or where I move to, the idea of ripping off Rip Curl’s motto, “The Search” seems to be an appropriate moniker to live by. Get away from the crowds, find your adventure and enjoy the fact that your life enables you to experience such amazing things.

To be honest, I miss the Gold Coast like crazy. It really is home. However, the opportunity and experiences we have had since moving to China have been life-altering and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The best thing we can do is to get out there and start exploring this amazing planet! Yeeew!

 

And if you’re ever in China or are keen to hit up Taiwan for a wave, why not rent a board off Fats and maybe go and chase a few waves together as well!

 
 

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In adventure,

Chris and the Quipmo team!

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