TURF is the Meetup group for sports and fitness entrepreneurs, and this month the theme is "disrupting surfing". Our guest speakers are Gary Elphick, CEO of Disrupt Surfing, and VML Australia, developers of the Rip Curl smartwatch.
Our main speaker Gary Elphick is on a mission to "customise the worlds sports equipment" using 3D printing technology, starting with surfing.
Gary has experienced high growth in his field, and he will be sharing with us his story, and how he has launched this business in the new and exiting world of consumer customisation.
VML Australia are an agency where "our business is building buzz."
They were chosen by Rip Curl to develop a smartwatch that helps surfers measure their data and map their ride on an interactive map.
Come and hear from these speakers, and enjoy some drinks and network also in our new venue @ The Dolphin in Surry Hills (in the Havana Room). Doors open 6:30 and we'll look to kick off just after 7:00pm.
Note: Anyone that wants to give a 60 second shout out about what you're doing right now in the sports and fitness space - you'll have the chance too.
A bit more about Disrupt:
When entrepreneur Gary Elphick started offering customers the ability to design their own surfboards using 3D printing technology, he didn’t expect a request for a mother’s ashes to be laid into the resin.
In the six months since he founded Disrupt Surfing, the Bondi-based start-up has sold 700 surfboards, all individual designs or files, and several hundred customised accessories such as surfboard bags. Disrupt boards made it all the way to a kitesurfing session with Richard Branson at Necker Island a couple of months ago.
Customers can upload designs or take a template and customise it. The software creates a 3D printing file and the start-up prints a prototype in Sydney before sending the file on to a manufacturing partner in Thailand or China.