Philippe Garms, aka Fifou - Doctor - father of a big household - grew up with skis on his feet - discovers the ocean and surfing after studying in the island of Réunion - "Since this revelation, amongst others, the ocean has become essential and has guided my life choices".
Sylvain Garms - Master in History, graphic and web designer, photographer - It's in California, in the heart of Los Angeles, that Sylvain got most of his training at the Venice breakwater. Back in France, he settled in an area very close to the mountains and the ocean. Today, S&s allows him to combine both his passion and his work.
In front of the official swap and surf office
As cousins, Fifou and Sylvain have always been very close. They share a common passion for nature and all the sporting possibilities it has to offer.
The idea of Swap & surf matured slowly after a super positive experience of a house swap with a family of surfers in Jersey. That’s when the idea of this website came up with the goal of helping surfers from around the world to get in touch with each other. We want to make your dream of surfing trips more within your reach and more affordable, by giving you the opportunity to swap houses or host one another, within a community of surfers that shares similar traveling and surfing tastes and ideals.
As surfers, in love with the ocean and travel, we wanted for this site to be a place for exchange, for the surf trip to be more within reach but also more fulfilling by being immersed in someone else's life, culture and environment.
We are more than happy to have Surfrider foundation Europe, click here, as our partners.
We would like to make this partnership a mutually rewarding one. This exchange is all the more natural as we share the same values.
An interview about this partnership with Sylvain, S&s co-founder here
Surfrider Foundation Japan and Argentina are also partners
We are also proud to have a partnership with Eurosima ( European Surf Industry Manufacturers Association ) here. Always at the forefront of what is happening in the field of surf and action sport industry, since the beginning, they have given us great support.