"The only two things I needed were my laptop and a good internet connection. I always struggled finding the proper workspace during my travels so I had an idea to start a workspace for people like me." - Peter Fabor founder of Surf Office.

Peter Fabor and the business office adventure – image credit Peter Fabor – Surf Office
Peter Fabor and the business office adventure – image credit Peter Fabor – Surf Office

Peter Fabor is a surfer who created the ultimate business travel adventure - Surf Office. A true all rounder, Peter saw an opportunity to amalgamate sport with business outside of their traditional values. In a time when connectivity has become a necessity for business communications, Peter created an office in the middle of the Canary Islands. Allowing business travel adventurers to seek out their next journey whilst keeping up with day to day business activities!

Tell us more about your career and how did you balance surfing with the world of business? I designed online products before I started Surf Office. If you work every day with virtual things, it's natural that you need to escape to real (and an offline) life. Surfing has always been my escape. When you are in the water, there is no Wi-Fi, no emails, no notifications or messages. You are enjoying the moment. So for me it was always working online for some time and then a few weeks of a surfing escape. Then I had the idea to combine the two which was the beginning of Surf Office.
 
So it was a surfing adventure that led you to the Canary Islands? Totally! I've surfed in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura a few times - when I played with the idea of Surf Office - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was my favourite place because it combines surfing, an awesome climate and a great city vibe.
 
Where else on the planet have you surfed and tell us more about starting the business? I’ve surfed mostly in Europe - I visited Portugal, Spain and France many times. Biarritz in France was the place where I caught my first wave. Apart from Europe I fell in love with Morocco and California. I follow a simple advice: “Do what you love”. Sounds like a cliché, but not many people follow it. There are many ideas and many business opportunities, so why not choose something what we are passionate about?
 
It started very naturally. I realised that as a web designer I can work basically from anywhere. The only two things I needed were my laptop and a good internet connection. I always struggled finding the proper workspace during my travels so I had an idea to start a workspace for people like me.
 
The Surf Office – image credit Peter Fabor – Surf Office
The Surf Office – image credit Peter Fabor – Surf Office

So basically any business or individual can just plug-in whilst waiting to catch the next wave? Definitely. But after a few months I realised that there are many guests who don't visit Surf Office because of surfing but because of the lifestyle and community we provide.
 
What does Surf Office offer in terms of infrastructure? Accommodation, workspace, fast internet and an awesome community of guests.  
 
What sort of businesses have you come across at Surf Office - anything outlandish? Our typical guests are freelancers, startup teams, employees who can work remotely for some period of time and entrepreneurs with no time to go on vacation. Typical professions are developers, designers and copywriters. For me the most interesting guest was a personal coach who ran his business remotely via Skype.
 
What are your future plans for Surf Office? The way how we work and travel has changed dramatically. My vision is to design awesome experiences in places where people can work and enjoy life at the same time.
 
The Surf Office – image credit Peter Fabor – Surf Office
The Surf Office – image credit Peter Fabor – Surf Office

What is your advice for individuals setting up a business? Start now and don't be scared to make mistakes.
 
Advice for the youth of the planet? Explore every day: new places, people, cultures, new fields. If you are passionate about something, explore it even more and experiment.
 
About: Find out more the SurfOffice or connect via Facebook. Peter Fabor tweets @faborio