An outstanding welcome!
“Time expands in the barrel.” - Shaun Tomson, 1976.
Welcome to Swellnet's new website. This is the third website we've built in our twelve years of existence and it's the one that nearly killed us.
I gave up telling people the launch date for this site long ago, probably about the time people began rolling their eyes and chortling when the topic came up. I realised then we'd been making promises for a long time but had naught to show for it.
As anyone who's built a complex website can attest things never run to plan, and it's fair to say we had our share of unplanned obstacles. From flunky Gen Y developers, to big lies, to even bigger budget blowouts...the works. At one stage, before we found our current developer, we had to totally throw out the code and start again from scratch. And so the 'three month project' somehow took three years. Yeah Shaun, barrels ain't the only place time expands...
But enough of the bellyaching, this is red carpet time. Take a look around, it's more than a new set of drapes we're rocking here. We've got long range forecasts, an expanded report network, and international wave modelling using proprietary technology.
What's the surf like in Lahinch, Ireland? Click to find out. Taranaki, New Zealand? It's there too. The five day forecasts and WAMs are available for gratis. However, if you wanna peer a little further into the future then we've got 16 day forecasts and WAMs for the right price. Just choose the plan – monthly, quarterly or yearly – and enter your digits. Not only will you get a further 11 days of info, you'll get widescreen surfcam vision with no pre-roll ads.
What you see today isn't the finished product. Over the coming months Swellnet will grow in various ways. First will be an online store, stocking surfwear and hardwear, then a board directory and a travel section too. Lastly – or perhaps not – will be a surf video portal. In the meantime we'll tweak and tug at different parts of the site to improve the functionality.
As always, Swellnet's staff will be online to answer questions, engage in banter, or listen to your criticism. We'll also run a few tutorials in the near future to sharpen up your forecasting skills and make sure you're getting the most out of the tools provided.