SeeYouSurf.com is an online community providing surfers with a place to share and buy surf photos from both local and global surf spots.
Just think about the following scenario; you just scored the perfect barrel and thought no one saw. Bummer… However, when you go home, log into SeeYouSurf – you see that somebody has already uploaded a photo of you scoring the perfect barrel. You are STOKED! This is the main drive behind this online community, and we think it is a very good idea.
We were lucky enough to exchange some words with the young minds behind this concept:
Aloha! SeeYouSurf sounds like a great online community! Tell us a little bit about how it all started, and what it has to offer the average surfer.
S: The main purpose of www.seeyousurf.com is very simple: allowing you to find photos of you while surfing. The creator had the idea when one time he wanted to find pictures of him from a day when he was in the water with a professional photographer, who indicated his website but, also for laziness, it turned out to be impossible to see and have pictures from that day.
The most simple method seemed to be providing a universal and free platform for all photographers, where photos are divided by spot and date. It is easiest way to find your photos: if you were in the water on a certain day and in a certain spot you can look for photos of you and your friends and directly buy some of the shots. Payment can be made by paypal or bank transfer; the price is decided by the photographer and all the money goes to him. www.seeyousurf.com lives with sponsoring and voluntary donations from satisfied users. It is not just for professional photographers, but anyone, even a surfer taking a break can take pictures and sell them, or easily share them with friends by making the pictures available for free download. Www.seeyousurf.com is still an infant and will grow over time with the help of surfers and photographers. Word of mouth and use will diffuse it, hopefully making it possible for every surfer all over the world to find his pictures. Load up high-resolution photos unknown of surfers, create albums with the name of the spot and the date of the shots, enter your paypal information and you will automatically be notified if the surfers found and bought your photos. How much could a photo of your first take off, bottom turn, floater, tube riding or areal be worth?
Your online community seems to be growing at a fast pace – why do you think so many surfers digg your site?
S: In many spots there are photographers who regularly upload photos, and surfers who find photos of themselves, and then go on to buying them. We hope to make the site wellknown and used all over the world, but photographers still have to selfpublicise, as we only offer a free platform with no expenses nor limitations; the site will be paid off with advertisiment. For example in Levanto (an Italian spot) there are quite a few photographers who sell a lot of photos of every swell. The only thing left to do is making every surfer and photographer use it: it is such a great feeling to find a picture of oneself surfing! Seeing that your barrel was captured on photo – the one you thought no one saw – will certainly make a lot of people happy.
What is the best thing about SeeYouSurf?
S: The best part is that it is completely free (no other website offers such a service without limitation) and that it was created by four young surf lovers with only their savings.
On another note – do you have a favorite surf spot? In your opinion, what is the best surf spot in the world?
S: Anywhere there is a surfable wave, a surfer riding it and a photographer taking shots of him! Like somebody said once; the best surfer is the one having the most fun, and if a photo can freeze that fun moment – that is what we want to do.
Where can Superstoked Magazine readers learn more about the seeyousurf online community?
S: You can sign up directly on www.seeyousurf.com/signup! Welcome to our community – great for meeting other surfers, and exchanging surf photos etc.
I’d like to see you surf – SeeYouSurf.
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