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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!

 
 

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!

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

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Questions with Owen Thomas

Chris Evans | Date 29/10/17

Owen Thomas is a surfer, farmer, metal head and shredder, husband, dad and all round bloody champion, and after releasing his own brand of surf wax and deck grips he’s now keen to add backyard shaper to that list too! Owen spoke to Quipmo about what it’s like being a surfer in WA’s south and what inspired him to pick up a plane and have a crack at what many think about after having been in the water all day and then necking a few beers but very few follow through on.


The big man throwing buckets at Bingan

#1 With a young family, a farm, a love for making music, and a bit of time in the water, how on earth do you find time to make wax & deck grips and how on earth are you finding time to shape boards? 

I don’t! Well a bit of time management I suppose. I’m not really a sit in front of the TV type guy-usually if I do it’s Netflix and chill-so I choose to spend my off work time creating stuff, mostly at night. Because I have a flexible job and I’m my own boss essentially, I can sometimes squeeze in the odd bit of sanding at work while I wait for the mixer (food processor for the cattle feedlot) to do its thing. Sometimes at night I can’t be bothered getting dirty-or staying dirty-so I do music. Other nights if I’m in the mood I do shaping or make a wax batch. Bear in mind this stuff is super duper low level stuff, I have like two shops that stock wax and due to the ‘nature’ of the wax it’s a niche market if you will, part souvenir, part Eco friendly. Add to this I’m not exactly a perfectionist, maybe an imperfect perfectionist where I’ll rush stuff, then critique the bag outs of it after!

 

If you’re keen to get your hands on some awesome NDSW gear, just head over to their fb store via: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Nativedogsurfwax

 

#2 Aside from a love of surfing, what inspired you to make wax / deck grips and also get into shaping?

The wax thing came from ordering some custom wax bars for our wedding, we then decided it’d be cool to stock some in Bremer for the hell of it with Native Dog on them. The supplier shut down or something so I gave the beeswax route a go, had some pretty dodgy brews and even put them out there-wasn’t a good idea! But I think I have it pretty sorted now, we have a warm and cold water brew. I’ve always wanted to shape a board, so I ordered a few machine blanks from shapers and glassed them, they turned out ok-a little heavy tho. Glassing is a whole Other craft. After that I got onto Swaylocks forum (amazing resource for any budding shapers) and saw some of the amazing backyard shapes dudes are knocking out with EPS (expanded polystyrene). Totally different methods of whittling the blank down than conventional poly boards and a lot cheaper. Also using epoxy resin is awesome because you have a lot more time to work the resin. Still rough as buggery and only two complete handshapes in, but learning so much every time. I figure I can hone the craft on the cheap stuff then when I wanna invest in the good stuff it’ll be a lot less stressful.

#3 How did you start off and how are you finding the shaping journey so far? And #4 What shaping set up did you start with?

As I said, started off glassing a few machine shapes. Went ok but a tad heavy. After a bit of research I realised I could do EPS and epoxy, less toxic and smelly plus a fair bit cheaper because the foam and epoxy is easy to find and on swaylocks dudes have been making boards out of household/hardware style stuff for years. The first true handshape was a twinny, I used templates from blending curves and cut my blank from a square block of foam. Pretty wonky looking shape as the EPS I used was super low density-soft and hard to work with. The thing went pretty awesome but was flawed by the light glass job and no stringer so I creased it first surf, fixed it and creased again after a few weeks of solid thrashing. I cut the rocker from templates made from Ply and used a Hotwire bow I made, some fishing trace wire hooked up to a car battery. Made some shaping stands out of scrap steel from the farm. That and a big of sanding paper and blocks and good to go.

#5 How many boards have you made so far and how have you found them in the water?

So I’ve glassed 4, and handshaped two. The first one is ok, needs a bigger wave to get going, a semi step up type thing, I think the finboxes didn’t have enough cant angle, along with a diamond tail makes it a lil stiff. Second was actually a damaged blank, part of the nose was snapped off/crushed so I tried to re shape the nose, looked pretty horrible but was a bit looser than the previous-same blank. First EPS handshape was the twinny, went awesome! So loose and fast but not strong enough. Second handshape was a 6’0 sorta high performance board, but I added a stronger and a balsa wood deck for strength. Prob too much weight. Goes good in solid beachies and paddles well, but the rails are way too knifey. The third one is gonna be full wood covered but with a light glass job, it’s a stumpy short board and I’m trying to copy the rails of an existing board. that’s the struggle with surfboards it’s a lance between strength, weight and performance.

 

5’9x20x2 ½ with extra snazzy custom tote bag inlays that Owen’s friend designed with photos of flotsam from Cocos island 

#6 Any thoughts / tips for anyone looking at having a crack at a blank themselves?

Definitely get onto swaylocks forums. Some insane builds and ideas for backyard shaping. You don’t have to go buy a blank from old mate local shaper, you can buy a block of EPS from a building supplier. Hang on tho, it’s a full on nerdy wormhole once you dive in!

A dude I met living in the cocos islands, Russell, put me onto swaylocks. Due to the geographical location it’s super expensive to get traditional materials to the island, and swaylocks is what got him onto using EPS and materials without the specific premium markup of traditional surfboard materials.

 

Owen ensuring that the next generation of Thomas’ share the froth!

#7 Talking now about music, you’ve played in a number of great local WA bands, growing up what surf flick’s soundtrack inspired you most and why?  

Bands were fun, but a bit conflicting on surf life. If I was to be in any band it’d be Parkway Drive. They play heavy music and surf the world. Pretty amazing. Surf flicks, prob green iguana, bunyip dreaming, gripping stuff 2(Aussie rock and just sick tunes) and some of the early Taylor Steele had wicked punk tracks from Pennywise, NOFX and millencolin

#8 I haven’t seen the remake of Point Break … and don’t really think I want to, but has it inspired you to release a new Point Breakdown ep?

The new point break sucked-as expected. Zero substance in terms of dialogue. Basically just a Hollywood extreme sports video. How can you possibly top those Classic one liners from the original?! I don’t think movies are made with that in mind at all these days. Yeah it inspired me to write another song but not with any of the garbage they call a script from the new one!!


#9 You’re clearly a creative guy and are prepared to just have a crack at things, have you always been like this?

I think so? Sometimes being involved or keen to try so many things can lead to the detriment of the other but hey, if you’re having fun doing it and learning stuff then who cares?! Better to create and give stuff a go than to sit around and waste your life watching TV. Although it is good to chill every once in a while.

#10 You’ve obviously been back down in Bremer Bay for some time now, do you think part of the charm of being out of the city is that you end up getting to focus more on things you’re passionate about like family, surf, music, wax, deck grips, shaping etc?

Definitely way less distractions. It’s not a raging social night life down here, especially with kids. So most of that stuff is at the beach surfing, camping, free diving or just going to someone’s place for dinner. Plenty of time to tinker on little projects.

And on that note … just like offering tips on how to get the little people on their way for bath time …

And if you’re ever in southern WA’s Bremer Bay, why not rent board off Owen while you’re at it. 

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!

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

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Quipmo works with the University of Queensland!

Quipmo is delighted to advise that we are working with the University of Queensland’s MBA programme!

The best in the business!

The University of Queensland Business School is celebrating a record five years as the leading MBA provider in Australia and the Asia-Pacific in The Economist rankingThe Economist named the school’s Master of Business Administration as the number one MBA outside Europe and North America for the fifth year running, and internationally, it has raised its rank by six places to become one of the top 10 MBA programs in the world!

Innovation is at the heart of competitive advantage!

Innovation has been described as the fundamental source of competitive advantage. Quipmo is devoted to staying ahead of the curve by continuing to implement innovative solutions. By ensuring an ever improving user experience we will drive faster expansion and faster take up ie we want to lead innovation for sustainable competitive advantage.

Qupimo’s founder Chris Evans noted “working with team from the University of Queensland’s MBA Innovation Leadership unit to develop Quipmo’s strategic path forward, help us learn more about our customers, and also derive how we can further improve our service offering is incredibly exciting. The better the experience that we can offer our customers, the greater the traction we’ll gain in the market.”

The University of Queensland is one of true leaders in driving innovation in Australia and is also a key player in establishing vibrant and sustainable start-up and innovation ecosystems in Queensland – from education, through to accelerators. For some insight into these efforts, as well as broader thinking on innovation, a fantastic chat on the ABC between Trevor Jackson and Dr Sarel Gronum talking about Start-ups worth starting up can be found via the link below!

Our team

We’ve got a truly awesome team working on the project – bringing super sharp minds and diverse backgrounds to the table!
|  Tim Muller  |

|  Deanna Scott  |

|  Vincenzo Montalbano  |

|  Ben Jones  |

 

So what’s the latest … 

Quipmo continues to move forward in leaps and bounds and after just seven months from beta launch Quipmo already possesses listings in seven countries, has over 70,000 social followers growing at over 2,000 per week and is forming key strategic partnerships across the globe that will underpin rapid expansion! The feedback that the organisation has received so far has been amazing and Quipmo’s future looks brighter with each day!

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!

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

Sign up to the Quipmo mailing list now and stay up to date with all things adventure! 

Quipmo’s top 50 beta sites!

Quipmo ‘s adventure has only just begun but like all start ups, gaining momentum from a standing start takes lots of focus, plenty of hard work and a fair bit of luck! We’re keen to share our story from time to time – talking about how we’ve gone about things, what has worked and what hasn’t. Hopefully this is of help to other startups who are kicking off their amazing ventures!

Our top 50!

Promoting Quipmo to build both interest and user traffic has been our key focus since launch. One of our key strategies has been to identify sites that we can list Quipmo and after a massive amount of research we’ve now submitted Quipmo to over 50 beta sites! Our top 50 are listed below:

101bestwebsites101bestwebsites.com
500 Startups@500startups
AlleyWatchalleywatch.com/…
App Raterhttps://apprater.net
App Stormhttp://web.appstorm.net/about/submit-an-app-for-review/
Apps 400http://apps400.com
Apps400apps400.com
Appvitaappvita.com
Beta Boundhttps://www.betabound.com/announce/
Beta Inviteshttps://twitter.com/inviteshare
Beta InvitesBetaCandy.com
Beta Listhttps://betalist.com/submit
Beta Pagehttps://betapage.co/
Breakpoint.iobreakpoint.io
Crazy About Startupshttp://www.crazyaboutstartups.com
Crunchbasecrunchbase.com
F6sf6s.com
Get Wormshttps://getworm.com/
Grow Betahttp://growbeta.com/
Idea Squarehttps://ideasquare.io
Inspired Betahttps://inspiredbeta.com/
Killer Startupshttp://killerstartups.com/submit-startup/
Launch Skyhttp://launchsky.com/
Launchedhttps://launched.io
Launching Nexthttp://launchingnext.com/
Launching Nexthttp://www.launchingnext.com
Museum of Modern Betashttp://momb.socio-kybernetics.net/about
New Startupshttp://www.new-startups.com/
New Startupsnew-startups.com
Paggu.compaggu.com
Ratemystartupratemystartup.com
Ratestartuphttp://ratestartup.com/
Start up Beathttp://startupbeat.com/
Start up Bufferhttps://startupbuffer.com/
Start up Inspirehttps://www.startupinspire.com/
Start-ups Costart-ups.co
Startup Australiahttp://www.startup-australia.org/startups
Startup list@startuplist
Startup Noticestartupnotice.com
Startup Pitchhttp://thestartuppitch.com
Startup Rankinghttp://www.startupranking.com
Startup Wizzstartupwizz.com
Startupboosterstartupbooster.com
Tech Overlaphttp://www.techoverlap.com/
Techboardhttps://techboard.com.au
The Startup Projecthttp://www.startupproject.org
Top ecommerce startuptopecommercestartups.com
Valid Beehttps://validbee.com/
Webdev2.0http://webdevtwopointzero.com/
Younoodleyounoodle.com

 

Quipmo continues to move forward in leaps and bounds and after just three months from beta launch Quipmo already possesses listings in six countries, has over 45,000 social followers growing at over 1,000 per week and is forming key strategic partnerships across the globe that will underpin rapid expansion! The feedback that the organisation has received so far has been amazing and Quipmo’s future looks brighter with each day!

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

 

In adventure,

Chris, Max and the Quipmo team!

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

Sign up to the Quipmo mailing list now and stay up to date with all things adventure! 

Quipmo’s Awesome Team is Growing!!

Quipmo are absolutely stoked to announce that Simon O’Sullivan has joined the Quipmo team as Operations Specialist – WA. Simon brings phenomenal experience to Quipmo and truly is a global surf industry expert! He is also currently General Manager of Shark Mitigation Systems – a world leading marine technology company, was formerly Chief Operating Officer for the global surfboard brand Rusty’s Australian operations, and previous to that was WA State Manager for the world leading Wetsuit brand Rip Curl.

Equipment for the moment!

 

“Simon is charged with radically driving the supply side of Quipmo’s platform for key surfing product categories in Western Australia. This will be a lynchpin to Quipmo’s growth in the state and is something that we have pretty bold plans to build upon. Having someone of Simon’s professional calibre share our belief in Quipmo and in our vision of the organisation’s potential is incredibly exciting.” Quipmo Co-founder Chris Evans said.

 

Simon above with Shark Mitigation Systems (SAMS) shark deterrent technology in a Rusty surfboard and a Radiator wetsuit!

Find your ride and adventure today!

 

Simon O’Sullivan offered this on joining the Quipmo team – “When I learnt of the Quipmo concept, I immediately thought of the endless possibilities open to people with a thirst for adventure, that need access to equipment when they need it, to enjoy their passion whenever and wherever they are! To join a team delivering that sort of satisfaction for like-minded individuals was a no-brainer.”

“At Quipmo we’re equally focussed on creating a fantastic culture where people can have fun but are empowered and encouraged to achieve awesome things. Simon has an incredible track record, is a fantastic guy and is a real pleasure to work with – we can’t wait to see what we can achieve together but we have no doubt that it is going to be amazing!” Evans said.

Quipmo continues to move forward in leaps and bounds and after just three months from beta launch Quipmo already possesses listings in six countries, has over 35,000 social followers growing at over 1,000 per week and is forming key strategic partnerships across the globe that will underpin rapid expansion! The feedback that the organisation has received so far has been amazing and Quipmo’s future looks brighter with each day!

 

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

 

 

In adventure,

Chris, Max and the Quipmo team!

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

Sign up to the Quipmo mailing list now and stay up to date with all things adventure! 

Cape Town – the outdoor adventurers’ ultimate playground

Mountain biking, surfing, road cycling, kiting, triathlon, paragliding – the list goes on and Cape Town, South Africa has it all!

I was fortunate enough to spend a few days here on the way to a wedding and immediately fell in love with its vibrant atmosphere and stunning visual setting.

We spent a day hiking Table Mountain and another day at the beach (hoping to go kitesurfing!). Unfortunately, the wind gods weren’t on our side that day but we still enjoyed a fantastic day out in the sun.

Travelling light for the wedding meant I was without any of my usual gear (kites, bikes and boards) so finding gear did prove to be a bit of a challenge.

If you’re planning to head there any time soon – best bet for kite/surf gear is in Bloubergstrand which is about 15km North East of the city. Listed below are some of the stores we visited:

Best Kiteboarding Africa – http://www.m.bestkiteboardingafrica.com/

Surfstore Africa – http://surfstore.co.za/

Cabrinha Kiteboarding South Africa – http://cabrinha.co.za/

Cape Kites South Africa – http://www.capekites.co.za/

Watch this space however as we are in talks with several shops and gear owners to get their gear up soon!

 

Quipmo’s Adventure Has Begun!

It’s been an absolute whirlwind but we’ve been blown away by how incredibly positive the feedback has been so far! www.quipmo.com

What an absolutely amazing start we’ve had to the Quipmo adventure! We’ve received so much incredibly positive feedback, received so much interest and have already incorporated numerous pieces of awesome feedback that we’ve received from our users to make the Quipmo experience even better!! 

It’s just the beginning but we’re making adventure easy!

 

A Startup – one foot after the other …

There’s nothing quite like setting up a start up – every day is new and your task list just keeps growing – but that’s what makes it fun – the constant problem solving and the constant looking at what might be – the constant aim of creating something awesome! The thing that is perhaps most fun however is being able to try new things and make changes to improve Quipmo. We just want to create a community where our gear owners and our gear renters have an amazing experience. From our perspective all of our work to date has just earnt us our place at Everest’s base camp – the mountain is in front of us – it’s time for us to simply put one foot after the other and remember exactly what we’re trying to achieve – for Quipmo to be the place where people can rent gear, or rent out their gear safely, efficiently and with a process that is, well … easy. 

Celebrating the little things

After spending nearly twelve months working behind the scenes on Quipmo, it’s been nothing shy of phenomenally exciting to have launched site in beta! Like any startup Chris, Max and the Quipmo team are putting in a huge amount of effort behind the scenes and like with any great journey it’s important to celebrate the wins along the way! There’s already been a number of things to celebrate but there really was nothing like the first listing post our beta launch – a full kite surfing kit listed in Auckland, New Zealand!! Almost as exciting was the very first kayak listing in our paddle category!! 

It really is just the beginning but we are definitely taking steps forward – one at a time.

Another great reason to celebrate

On another note completely and something that has absolutely nothing to do with building Quipmo but that has had Chris smiling from ear to ear is the purchase of a new toy – a JS Hyfi Black Box2! Rated the 2016 SBIA Board of the Year – it’s definitely got an incredible rap! We keep you posted on exactly how Chris goes with it but all of the details on these awesome boards can be found on JS’s site.

For interest Chris weighs 80kgs and at 37 is well past his prime paddling days. He’s gone with a 5′ 11″, 20″, 2 7/16″ – 30.5 Ltr model and all of the other dimension options are noted the graphic.

To see the Hyfi in action – there’s no better example than the footage in the JS vid below:

Quipmo is gathering momentum and together we are going to create an awesome community where adventure is made easy. Our first step is to build up the number of listings on the site so that adventure really is at people’s fingertips.

 

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

 

In adventure,

Chris, Max and the Quipmo team!

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

Sign up to the Quipmo mailing list now and stay up to date with all things adventure! 

Quipmo is live!

The wait is over – Quipmo is live in beta now!

Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer rental marketplace for like minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure! www.quipmo.com

 

We all need adventure! Maybe you’re travelling in a remote part of the world and keen to rent off a local, maybe you’re away on business and just want to take a SUP out for a paddle after work rather than using the hotel gym, or maybe you just want to try something new – whether that’s a new sport or a new board? All of these things should be easy and all of these things should be right at your fingertips! But if you’re like us there’s a good chance you have pre-loved pieces of gear lying around the house too.

And here’s where things get interesting – whether you’re a shop looking to gain income from your second hand stock or an individual – why not put those bits of gear to work and make a few bucks off them, and not to mention make someone else’s day too!

We just wanted a place where people could rent out their gear safely, efficiently and with a process that was, well … easy.

Whatever the day, find your ride and adventure today!

 

Where is Quipmo from

Quipmo is the brainchild of Australian’s Chris Evans and Max Taylor. Chris and Max met as housemates in 2015. From day 1, it became apparent that they both shared a passion for travel and the outdoors. Whilst the standard 9-5 was very much their focus, it was the thrill of weekend adventures and holiday travel that was cherished the most.

Life was hectic for the two as they juggled study and work but many nights were spent reminiscing about adventures had all over the globe. Throughout the countless hours of banter, a common theme emerged – finding quality gear for an adventure whilst travelling was always a challenge. Both agreed that the difficulty and cost of transporting gear made having an adventure away from home especially difficult. This had been a source of great frustration over the years, and was the key problem to solve – how to make access to quality gear for adventures more efficient, affordable and readily available.

After countless brainstorming sessions, thousands of hours of research, spamming friends with surveys and almost a year’s worth of skype credit, Quipmo is born! A place where adventures are made easy!

Adventure Made Easy!

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!

Already with gear listed in five countries and with the third largest social media presence in the sector globally, interest in Quipmo has been nothing shy of amazing.

For those looking for an adventure whether travelling abroad, away on business or maybe just wanting to try something new, Quipmo gives you choice right at your fingertips!

 

In adventure,

Chris, Max and the Quipmo team!

 

Check out quipmo.com and start your adventure today!

 

Sign up to the Quipmo mailing list now and stay up to date with all things adventure! 

 

Happy New Year!

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Max, Chris and the Quipmo crew! We hope that your holidays been full of excitement and adventures.

It has certainly been a busy break for us as we push forward towards our launch and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the ongoing support and patience.

2016 has been an absolute adventure and we cannot wait to launch Quipmo in the new year.

Keep an eye out on all our social media pages for updates as we get closer and we look forward to sharing an adventure or two with you in 2017!

Cheers

Max, Chris and the Quipmo crew

Quipmo Travel Tips

With the Christmas holiday season almost upon us, we’re sure everyone is busy planning their next adventure. Here at Quipmo we have a little experience in the adventure department and have set out below a few of our golden rules when travelling.

BE FLEXIBLE

Always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!

DON’T FORGET AN EXTRA CAMERA BATTERY (OR TWO)

Have you ever gotten to that epic sunset photo spot and realized your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a backup? Try to bring at least two camera batteries on all of trips so that you don’t miss out on that perfect shot.

ALWAYS BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE

A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse. Feel more secure on your adventure knowing you have travel insurance.

LEAVE ROOM FOR SPONTANEITY

Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. It’s tempting, but those unplanned moments while traveling can be the best memories.

LUGGAGE: LESS IS MORE

Pack light, because it’s a fact that you won’t use half of the things you initially plan to take with you. Try to keep your luggage easily manageable by yourself as you can often find yourself in situations where you need to move fast and efficiently.

TAKE THE FREE WALKING TOURS

Free Walking Tours are run all over the world now and are a unique way to explore a city. Most run for 3-4 hours with tour guides directing you to many well know and a few lesser visited tourist attractions around a city. Not only will you get to explore a new city but you’ll get to do so with a bunch of strangers who are all full of amazing travel knowledge as well. Word of mouth travel tips can be just as good as chatting to a local.

ASK A LOCAL

Perhaps the oldest trick in the book but asking locals about the best places in their town will always trump a guide book’s suggestion. This is where it pays to learn a little of the local language. It shows a willingness to learn about the area. It’s all about the effort, the more you put in the more you get in return.

Be it the owner of the place you’re staying, the cleaner, the guy at the bus stop or a friendly shop owner. All have much more knowledge on their town than you ever will and taking 10 minutes to talk to them could well find you a hidden gem that’s well off the beaten path in the middle of even the biggest cities like London or Rome.

Going somewhere interesting this holiday? We’d love to hear about it! Send us an email at info@quipmo.com.

Happy Adventures!

Cheers

Quipmo Crew