Local surf enthusiasts launch buy-and-sell app for surfing equipment | Laptop News

La Jolla native Will Salvato and frequent Windansea surfer Brendan Donovan have developed an app to serve as a one-stop shop for surf gear.

Boardal, launched in March, has nearly 4,000 users in the San Diego area and its videos have more than a million views.

“As surfers growing up in San Diego, we were always looking to get new boards and get rid of our surf stuff to make space for new boards,” said Salvato, a La Jolla High School graduate. “Other apps … were disjointed. They offer everything from toys to cars, so we got the idea to create one platform that gives you targeted information for just surf equipment. It makes it as easy as possible to find what they are looking for without the cloudiness of other marketplaces.”


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Through the free app, users can buy and sell surfboards and other equipment. It also provides a place to view the height, weight, thickness and volume of surfboards so potential buyers can know exactly what they are getting.

“Every person has a different ability and height and weight profile, so it’s very important to find a board that works for you,” Salvato said. “I ride a 23-liter volume and Brendan rides a 30- to 31-liter volume. There are also different fin setups for different results. So instead of sifting through thousands of listings, you can type in your volume preference, fin preference and price and it gives you a clean and filtered number of listings.”

For those looking to sell, the app provides instructions on how to find the pertinent information for a listing.

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