The Surfer's Personal Diary
I'd just stepped out of one of the best surfs of my life. The waves were unbelievable; big, powerful and perfectly shaped. It could have been anywhere - Indonesia, Hawaii... But it was Wales.
For once, everything was lined up just right. The right swell, the right wind, the right tide. Getting to know the conditions that make the surf spots in any area work takes a long time, which is partly why scoring good waves that day was so satisfying.
I made a promise to myself that the first thing I would do when I got home was write the conditions that made this miracle happen down. I didn't want to miss it when it happened again.
Sure enough though, when I got home I forgot. Then I got thinking. What if there was some way I could easily record all this information at the press of a button. I'd heard about these app thingys that were going around...
Well, as chance would have it I heard about an event the following weekend where you could pitch your app ideas to developers. I really didn't think any of them would be interested in my 'surf diary' idea, but it turned out they were. We put our heads together and created Johnny on the Spot.
How it Works
Very simply - a surfer takes a picture of the waves and all the live swell, tide, and wind information is stamped onto the image. This can then be used as a record alongside which to compare future conditions, allowing a surfer to make informed choices about where, when and whether to go surfing. You can rate the image and make comments to help you remember exact details like how good it was and who you surfed with. When you bring up old photos they are are automatically compared to the current conditions at that spot, making it easier for you to decide where to go surfing.
Where we are and where we're going!
The app is now at a prototype stage. We've tested it and had some great feedback from all the surfers that have tried it. You're pledges will allow us to fund the very final stages of development and take Johnny on the Spot from prototype to product. Features like adding comments and retrieving data taken when pictures are taken out of range will make this a really useful tool for surfers all around the world who want to build a detailed knowledge of their coastline.
If you are a surfer and are worried about the possible negative implications of the app on your favourite secret spots, don't worry. Johnny on the Spot is the surfer's personal diary, and you can keep all your data completely private.
Thanks for Reading!
We're so close now and a lot of hard work has gone into getting it this far. We really appreciate anything you can give to make Johnny on the Spot a reality.
Risks and challenges
We've been extremely lucky so far in that we've been able to 'bootstrap' the project to it's current phase, with the team giving up weekends and evenings to get the prototype version working.
The issue of funding was always going to raise its head at some point though, and we're just looking for this little kickstart to push us over the finish line. If we get funded, we're confident we can deliver a great product that surfers all over the world will benefit from.
Following that, our challenges will only increase as we look to build in more complicated features and spread the word to surfers across the world. For the moment though, we're focused on completing Version 1.0.
- (20 days)