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31st May 2007, 07:05 PM
Would just like to inform windsurfers around the world that in Australia we have developed a concept called GPS TEAM CHALLENGE where teams from all over australia compete against each other. We developed this concept because gps and the internet allow us to run a competition at anytime the wind blows with a way of objectively measuring the results. We thought that one of the short comings of windsurfing was that it was too individualistic, which is brilliant in many ways, but building relationships and community is also highly valuable to humans.
Check it out at www.gpsteamchallenge.com.au
Let us know what you think. We have the capability to build a website for individual nations, and a global nations vs nations.
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31st May 2007, 09:21 PM
Sounds cool, how do I join a team, or how do I enter a team?
1st June 2007, 06:23 AM
it does sound really interesting. Comparing it to tennis where you get teamencounters aswell in competitions like the fed-cup etc, it should be a super hit with local surfclubs. I know, as a tennisteamcaptain that it is always great fun to just do your sport with other fanatic/addicted nutcases for a day. I hope this idea spreads!
1st June 2007, 07:39 AM
Hi thanx for positive feedback so far. If you are interested just go to the website and click "Contact" and leave us a message. We will act on your message.
In one month we managed to get 23 teams and 120 competitirs registered, from just one forum website: seabreeze.com.au
1st June 2007, 08:09 AM
Regarding sponsorship for each country, the way we did it was to advertise if anyone was interested in being the event sponsor and many were interested and one sydney shop said they would make a generous offer if they could have the naming rights, and offered a board sail and mast, to be drawn at random. Someone has offered a Trophy to the overall winner of the challenge. So each country could organise something similar, and STARBOARD could be a sponsor, or eneter teams in every country?
Somewhere along the line we need to try and recover costs, as its costs us $Thousands of AUD to set up so far, and each time we buy a domain name it costs us $150. If it goes global then we might allow advertising to recover costs, or we may charge each country a small registration fee to cover the domain name cost and admin, but it would never more than about $10 Euro per competitor if 50 competitors per country, and obviously less if much more than 50. As a gift to the australian windsurfing community we did it all for free, but we are just average people on average incomes and cannot afford to do it free for the world, but cost recovery is all we would want from competitors, somewhere between either $2, $5, or $10 Euro dollars per competitor should be able to recover costs, or a sponsor or Windsurfing association cover the costs setup is $150 AUD per domain name and then admin costs, which we would keep at lowest possible amount.
1st June 2007, 07:20 PM
we are interested, have emailed you in the contact page
1st June 2007, 08:57 PM
How many teams or people do you need per country?
2nd June 2007, 11:57 AM
Well interest needs to be determined by how many people ask us to create a website for us. To date in Australia we got 24 Teams, with 125 windsurfers registering.
Globally we have only just started putting the idea out there, and so far we have had about 11 responses from 4 different nations. So it depends how it goes. I geuss if people don't want to pay anything to compete, then it is up to a sponsor, to fund the competition, someone like a Starboard, or a large sail manufacturer, could sponsor a global website?
It's hard to know which way to go. Because we had relationships in Australia and people knew us, we have had a large response, but people from around the world don't know who we are, so they have no relationship and wonder who the hell are these people, what are they trying to do.??
I think it will take some time to establish our credibility and trust, then maybe people will embrace our idea.
In the end it is about windsurfers and the industry benefitting. In Australia we are in the off-season, and there's been more sales of windsurfing gear this winter, than any previous winter, if the feedback shops are giving us is any indication. So shops, the industry and all windsurfers can benefit from such a concept? I think it will take us some time to build crdibility and relationships.
7th June 2007, 08:01 PM
What is the Alpha Racing category I have never heard of it?
8th June 2007, 07:24 AM
Alpha racing is a computer generated category, which is based on a program developed by Mal Wright. The idea is you race either 250, 500 or 1000m, gybe and return to within 20 metres of your starting point. The computer program using your 1 sec waypoints calculates the average speed of your Alpha 250/500/1000, that you achieved with a gybe in it. An Alpha of 20 knots or more is considered fast for the 500 mt category which the competition is using. Check the Swan River Mob sessions, and look at Chris Lockwood's Alpha 500's he's one of the few that consistently goes over 20knts, and compare to other individual competitors.
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