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We’re getting close!

After almost 11 months of hard work we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel and are getting very close to launch!

From its humble ‘backyard’ beginnings, Quipmo is on the cusp of its debut as Australia’s first Surf, Bike and Snow peer to peer rental marketplace.

As we pull together final touches to the website, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on where we have come to be at this exiting stage.

Where we’re at…

In a very short space of time we have developed an exciting new user experience based on the sharing economy concept that will allow our users simple and efficient access to quality gear for their next adventure!

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After conducting extensive market research and reviewing detailed feedback, we have built a platform that is both robust and intuitive. Our user friendly interface will provide seamless transition from sign up all the way through to rental completion.

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We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback and interest in the concept and we’re extremely excited by the rapid growth in our database sign ups and social media followings.

Key milestones include:

  • ~ 8400 Twitter followers
  • ~ 6400 Instagram followers
  • ~ 2000 database subscribers
  • Listings in 3 different countries

And we haven’t even launched yet!

Nearly there!

Our listings database is fully established and we are currently going through limited user acceptance testing.

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Based on the feedback received during our market research campaign, considerable time and resources have been devoted to establishing a robust user protection program that is both feasible and fair. We are hopeful of finalising the commercial terms of this arrangement in the coming days.

Once the terms and conditions are finalised, the website will undergo final user acceptance testing with our launch to follow shortly after!

Where to from here?

If you would like to get early access to the site for our final round of user acceptance testing we’d love to hear from you. Please follow the link below to our contact page and shoot us a note.

Click here to gain early access to our site!

Otherwise, be sure to follow us on all our social channels to keep up to date on our progress as we get ready for our launch!

Cheers

Chris, Max and the Quipmo Crew

Event Review – Hydrofoil Pro Tour: Perth

If high speed and adrenaline is your thing, make sure you get down to Rockingham, Perth from the 26-29 November to check out the final stop of the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour.

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The Hydrofoil Pro Tour brings together the world’s best Hydrofoil Kite Racers to compete at 4 different events around the world. Event locations this year included La Ventana – Mexico, San Francisco – USA, Point D’esny – Mauritius and the final stop in Perth – Australia.

2016 will be the first year the tour has made a stop in Perth, with the previous two years being held in Townsville, Queensland. This year’s event will host 55 riders from 17 countries!

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The event will be fiercely contested between current tour leader, Nico Parlier and his US based training partner, Johnny Heineken. These two will be closely followed by another french-man and last year’s winner, Maxime Nocher.

Fighting it out against the best in the world will also be a strong contingent of Australian representatives including reigning national champion Marvin Baumeister and perth local Andy Hansen.

Check out the video below to get a taste of what it’s all about:

For more information on the event visit www.hydrofoilprotour.info .

 

A bit about us ..

Where did Quipmo come from..

The birthplace of Quipmo was in Brisbane, Australia where co-founders Chris and Max met as housemates having both relocated in 2015.

Chris had come across from Perth to study his MBA and Max had moved up from Melbourne with work. 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 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, so they both put on their thinking caps to work out 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 was born! A place where adventures are made easy!

But what does an adventure look like for these guys ..

 

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Chris is an avid surfer, has surfed all around world. He’s more a weekend warrior than anything else these days but loves nothing more than getting out in the water with a bunch of mates and getting amongst it!

 

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Max is a globally ranked kite surfer and has competed around the world having previously been an internationally ranked sailor. Max is in the water at any opportunity and spends his other free time on his bike training for triathlons.

Connect with Chris

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Connect with Max

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Want to know more about how Quipmo works? Click here to find out more.

Event Review – Peaks Challenge Gold Coast

Established in 2015 as an addition to the Peaks Challenge series, Peaks Challenge Gold Coast is an event that tests riders from around the world against some of South East Queensland’s toughest climbs.

Set amongst the pristine, sub-tropical rainforests of the Gold Coast Hinterland, Peaks Challenge Gold Coast is not for the faint hearted.

For 235km and more than 4,000 vertical metres, you will journey into the depths of suffering. Your body will scream to stop. Your legs will burn. But this is what it takes to face Peaks Challenge Gold Coast. There’s no room for excuses.

You will also face arguably the toughest climb in the Peaks Challenge series – Henri Roberts Drive (Mount Tamborine), along with Beechmont, Springbrook, Natural Bridge and Tomewin, all set within reach of the Gold Coast’s famous sunset strip and sandy beaches.

This cycling challenge is certainly not for the faint hearted with only 89% of starters making the finish line within the 12 our time limit in its first instalment in 2015.

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The route:

The 235km route involves in excess of 4,000m of vertical climbing, starting with the notorious Henri Roberts Drive to the top of Mt Tamborine, looping towards Beechmont before continuing onto Springbrook, Natural Bridge and Tomewin. With five relentless peaks to conquer, your legs will be burning with each climb but you’ll be rewarded with dramatic views at the top.

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Peak 1: Tamborine

First off on Peaks Challenge Gold Coast is the notorious Henri Robert Drive – a sharp, steep climb up the eastern side of Mount Tamborine which most sensible weekend riders tend to avoid entirely, with at least 371 good reasons – that’s how many metres are gained in just the first 3km of the climb, equating to an average of 12.3%. The road briefly flattens out after this section, before kicking up again to 11.7% over another 3km, including a brief but terrifying 18% brute. As you pass the 18% gradient sign, rest assured that respite isn’t far ahead (as are spectacular views across the Gold Coast), and distract yourself by thinking about all the bragging you will do to your friends once you’ve conquered this beast.

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Peak 2: Beechmont

Beechmont: It’s beautiful, but brutal.

First, don’t dismiss the short, sharp ride out of Canungra before you turn right at the Kokoda Army Barracks and continue south towards Beechmont. It’s a good warm-up for what follows – a peaceful, scenic and undulating road through Witheren and along the upper reaches of the Coomera River, before you then cross the “KOM start” marker – which can be quite disheartening given you’ve already climbed almost 200m since Canungra!

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Peak 3: Springbrook

The third peak on Peaks Challenge Gold Coast takes you inland from the coast towards Springbrook and the Numinbah Valley, a very popular tourist location on the Gold Coast. It starts with a ‘warm-up’ hill of 130m climbing over 3km starting at Boomerang Farm Golf Course, but then the real climb begins as you cross Little Nerang Creek and stretches for the next 7.7km, until you turn right on Pine Creek Road well before Springbrook village itself.

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Peak 4: Natural Bridge

Shortly after a rest stop in the Numinbah Valley, the route encounters a gradual incline over roughly 7km, which is not steep enough to acquire a category rating (any climb needs to have an average gradient of more than 3% to be ‘rated’; this one averages 2.5%).

Following this 7km section is the fourth peak, and the baby of the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast family, “Natural Bridge”. At 5.3km in length, it isn’t short, but with an average gradient of 4.2% you should get up this one without too many dramas.

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Peak 5: Tomewin

Tomewin is the final climb of Peaks Challenge Gold Coast and should be your biggest test of the day. Despite having 195km in your legs, this climb is a brute in its own right: 4.4km at an unrelenting average of 7.9% (it’s said to feel more like 9 – 10%).

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Peaks 6,7,8……: Road to the finish

These are the climbs that they don’t talk about in the brochure! Be warned there are several tough pinches on the way home to the finishing straight. Rest assured, once you’re through the finish line they’re all but a distant memory.

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Check out some highlights from the video below!

 

Introduction to Quipmo

So first off – what is Quipmo?

Quipmo is the surf, bike and snow peer to peer marketplace that lets individuals and stores rent their gear to like minded travellers and locals who share a passion for adventure!

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 that you have a few pre-loved pieces of gear lying around the house too ..

And here’s where things get interesting – 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.

What do we want out of Quipmo?

Just for people to lead a life full of adventure and to never have lack of gear getting in the road of making that happen. There’s no better feeling than carving your own path – whether that’s chasing a wave, smashing a trail, shredding your own line down a mountain or boosting into the sky with a kite. Our vision is pretty simple really – the more often people are stoked the more stoked people will be! We want people to get out and #AdventureToday!

Want to know more about how Quipmo works? Click here to find out more.

Welcome to Perth!

Perth: A magic little city that is a true playground! SUP Cottesloe Beach, kite the Swan River, cycle Kings Park, explore Greenmount’s downhill trails or get kegged at Rottnest Island’s secluded breaks. Perth offers warm weather and rich natural beauty at every turn.

Click on the images below to see all of the awesome things that you can do in Perth!

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Find your conditions

A climate built for the outdoors!

With over 260 days with sun per year, Perth’s climate offers incredible opportunity to get outdoors and into your next adventure!

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Perth’s Weather Now!

See Perth’s weather forecast now and make a call on exactly what adventure you can have today!

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Perth’s Surf Forecast!

See the swell, tide and wind forecast and find your perfecct spot whether that’s looking for a baz or a breeze!

 

Find your surf

Perth is a water lover’s playground!

Perth is built all around the water and city’s culture matches just that! Everything you could want to do is here and right at your fingertips!

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Awesome Surf for any Ability!

There are awesome surf spots all around Perth with options perfect for beginners right through to advanced surfers. Whether you’re chasing heaving barrels over at Rottnest or perfect long board rollers at Isolators in Cottesloe – there’s something for everyone!

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World Class Water!

With crystal clear water on Perth’s coastline, amazing coral reefs at Rottnest, or perfect flat water on the beautiful Swan River – there’s options all year round and for every adventure!

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World Class Wind!

Perth offers world class kiting with some of the best wind in the world! Whether you’re on a foil, twin tip or want to get in the surf – there is every option right at your doorstep!

Find your path

Whether you’re chasing the road or the dirt there’s options for everyone!

Perth is a stunning city that is blessed with natural beauty! There simply isn’t a better place to explore by bike.

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Awesome Trails!

The Perth hills offer awesome trails! Just on the fringe of the city and a perfect opportunity to get into the bush and enjoy great runs!

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Amazing River and Coastal Rides!

Perth offers incredible cycling with amazing circuits along the coast or around Perth’s beautiful Swan and Canning rivers! There’s something for everyone and a different option for every day!

Find your ride!

What are you waiting for start your adventure today!

It’s as easy as clicking on the surfer or cyclist below to find gear in Perth near you now!

 

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