From cliff-camping and Kombi vans, to cabins in the wilderness, Riparide is here to open a world of adventures and fulfilled living. A place people can rent out their adventure stuff (log cabins, kombi campers, mountain bike tours, surfboards etc) to others wanting to embark on adventures.
Why Riparide Exists
“Our role in the world is to inspire adventurous living”
We are all born adventurers. As kids we explore parks, climb tress, play with rocks and have an imagination that runs wild. But as we grow, the pressure of modern living slowly grinds away at our adventurous spirit. Years of school, parent’s expectations, screen time, hectic lifestyles and society’s demands will eventually get you to behave in a prudent way.
We have made it our purpose at Riparide to inspire adventurous living in everyone, to help people connect with their spirit of adventure and bring back that child-like sense of wonder and exploration.
Adventurous living at its simplest, is heading outdoors in search of moments that excite, challenge and center us. Whether it’s paddling out for an early morning surf, embarking on a solo hike, peering out of a tent on a fresh spring morning, loading the van to hit the open road, dropping into a meter of powder or drifting down rivers, it’s about pursuing those moments the rejuvenate our soul and make us come alive.
If Riparide can help people experience a more adventurous and fulfilled life, connect with friends and family and grow a respect for natures playground, then we’ve done our job.Watch the Video
Marlon Law is an avid surfer, snowboarder and enjoys outdoor life. He's grown up in the coastal town of Torquay and has ties in the global boardriding industry. Marlon has worked as a senior designer at Quiksilver and more recently completed a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
“A story of exploration, perseverance, adversity and discovery.”
It hasn’t been an easy ride to get where we are. The early days of Riparide were full of setbacks and pivots. The founder, Marlon Law, navigated Riparide through multiple business partners, a complete website rebuild and a major pivot moving Riparide from a surf accommodation marketplace to a marketplace for adventure stuff. “This adversity was extremely difficult at the time but in hindsight, it has been fundamental in shaping Riparide today,” says Marlon.
In 2014 Riparide relaunched with six bookable Adventure Stories documented by local content creators. Marlon saw Stories as an innovative way to start Riparide. Inside each Story was an awesome listing people could discover and book, like a Kombi Camper or a Tipi. Marlon was one of the original six suppliers, setting up the 14-foot Tipi at his property at Bells Beach. The ‘Bells Tipi’ is truly the spirit home of Riparide. It was the economic engine that got Riparide going, as well as enabling Marlon to meet and greet customers and better understand their needs.
Today Riparide has built a brand committed to its cause and pioneered a new way for people to book travel via Riparide Stories. Riparide will continue to explore ways to help people live more adventurous and fulfilled lives. We are grateful to our suppliers, storytellers and customers who have supported us to date, and look forward to sharing the ride ahead.
The name Riparide comes from two phrases, “ripa” or “ripper”, which is Australian slang for great, and “ride” which refers to the “ride of life”. The name Riparide means ‘great life’, which strongly reflects our vision, which is to help people live more adventurous and fulfilled lives.