Surfr, the first social surfing iOS app that provides a way for surfers to document and share their sessions, unveiled a new feature that raises awareness for underserved communities near surf spots across the globe.
We first covered the development of this app in January of 2013. Finally after launching in late November, Surfr, hit the ground running. It filled a void and provided a way for surfers to connect, share and create a virtual journal for their surf experiences. The app is currently available in 50 countries with new surf spots being added regularly. Most recently, users have been adding spots in Bulgaria, Columbia and Indonesia.
Now, with it’s latest update, Surfr doesn’t just allow surfers to document surf sessions with photos or videos, it also enables them to pinpoint remote areas in need of clean water, medical supplies, and other necessities often taken for granted. As surfers, we often travel to the ends of the Earth in search of the perfect wave. On occasion, our thirst for perfect, empty barrels lands us in an area where filtered water is a supreme luxury and medical supplies are hard to come by. Surfr now provides surfers with the ability to give back and raise awareness for areas in need.
â€œThese new features allow surfers to surf smarter and give back while on surf trips. The goal is to ultimately disseminate the social good data to the proper organizations and to bring awareness to other surfers about these areas in need,â€ founder Nick Mohnacky said in a press release.
To add a Social Good spot to the Surfr app map, users can simply tap on a spot and select one of the categories: “Social Good,” “Surf Spot,” “Restaurant,” or “Lodging.” They can then drop a pin on that location for other users to view.
The new update also unveils a Discover feature. We all have our preferences when it comes to hotels, hostels, restaurants and surf shops when we travel. Now users can add them to the map, so other surfers can experience those local gems for themselves.
Check out the video below for more information on Surfr’s Discover and Social Good features.