Articles tagged with "crowdfunding 2013"

RealSurf crowdfunding: the video

Posted by: on August 31st, 2013

Hello Friends,

I needed a video for the crowdfunding page, so I went for a paddle this morning at South Narrabeen (crunching waist high shutdowns) and shot this. I guess we’ll see if it works… ūüôā

Cheers Huey

Posted by: on August 2nd, 2013

Set wave

Somewhat soft set

Hello Friends,

Sorry about the late one, but important (happy) family business to attend to first. Had breakfast in Dee Why, so there was plenty of time to suss out the waves. The east swell has come up as predicted. In line with expectations it’s close to the 2 metre mark out at sea with a period of around 11 seconds. Wave faces at Dee Why were in the head to head plus range on sets. Surface was smooth under dull skies (where are those mostly sunny conditions?).

What surprises me is how flabby many of the sets looked along the beach. The point was standing them up a bit better and the shories definitely could be snappish, but overall it looked just kind of slow. And we’re heading toward a low tide at 1040. Odd. I reckon the better exposed stretches will be more energetic. I’ll go out for a look later.

Wind is set to go NW and get into the 15-20 kt range later this afternoon.

I’ve been working away on the crowdfunding preparations for the last couple of days. Still quite a bit to do before I can submit the project for approval, but I’m getting there. As a matter of interest, one thing I’ve been researching is what’s involved in the development of a web app. Not an inexpensive exercise from the look of it and apparently not something I can just learn. Development requires a number of specialists – and specialists earn good money obviously. More research to do on that and several other fronts, so I’m now thinking next week maybe would be a better aim point for launching the crowdfunding effort. Stay tuned!

Have yourself a great Friday!

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EST on Friday 2 August 2013.
Weather Situation
A weak ridge of high pressure extends across New South Wales while a low over the Coral Sea moves slowly southeast. Increasing swell generated by the low is expected to reach the coast today. The high will continue to weaken during Friday as a series of cold fronts approach from the west, and winds will shift westerly along much of the coast. The first front is expected to cross later Friday and Saturday, bringing fresh to strong winds to southern and central parts. The redevelopment of a ridge across the state’s north during Sunday will restrict the movement of subsequent fronts, although fresh westerlies will continue to dominate across the south early in the new week.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Northwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon.
Up to 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening.
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Dangerous surf conditions expected, hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Saturday 3 August
Westerly 15 to 25 knots.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres around midday.
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Sunday 4 August
Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
1 to 1.5 metres, tending 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Easterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the evening.

A personal message from Don

Posted by: on July 30th, 2013

Don at Dee Why point, Jul 2013
Here’s a head’s up for RealSurfers everywhere…

…yours truly is setting up a crowdfunding campaign for RealSurf.


RealSurf’s ad income really fell off a cliff a couple of years ago and now it’s so patchy that lately I’ve been making up the shortfall out of my own pocket – which, obviously, is not really sustainable.¬†(And no, I don’t get a zack for my Saturday morning radio spot on our ABC !)

In addition to covering the hosting and bandwidth costs, there’s a list of things I’d really like to improve and extend – both on RealSurf and its forums. Chief among these is a major redesign to improve the way the site and forums look; not only on desktops and notebooks, but on the phones and tablets many of our visitors now use.

So rather than try to run a fundraiser the way we did years ago, I’m turning to a crowdfunding platform called Pozible.

The way it works is simple: I describe a clear set of objectives and set a target amount I need in order to meet said objectives. Then I create a series of ‘rewards’ at different dollar amounts, eg, $25 gets a RealSurf stubbie, $100 gets a stubbie and, say, a cap, etc. A good person such as yourself picks a reward/pledge amount and commits to pay via credit card or paypal.

The campaign runs for a limited period of time (generally a month or two).

Pozible will  deliver funds only if the target is reached in the allotted time. (This helps ensure that goal-setting is realistic.)

If the effort were to fall¬†short, RealSurf gets nada, nothing, zee-roh. (So, I’m going to be very conservative about the goal I set)

And this is important to understand: if it doesn’t work, those of you who pledged don’t get charged anything at all.

On the positive side, some really successful crowdfunding initiatives see their targets met well before the closing date – which is why it’s important to have “stretch goals” (ie, telling folks where any extra funding will go). I’m going to come up with some of those as well.

As you might imagine, there are lots of calculations to be made and many boxes to tick before I can launch the campaign. My goal is to have all those boxes ticked by the end of this week.

Then the campaign will have to be reviewed by the good folk at before we can kick things off.

If you’d like to offer advice, comments, etc, please feel free to email me via don [at symbol] realsurf [dot] com.

Get that wallet ready and keep on smilin’!