About us

Co-founders

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

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.

 

OUR PARTNERS

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.

EXCEPTIONAL PLACES / GREAT PEOPLE

  • The authentic hawaiian water man. For an outrigger ride, share surf session or whatever on water, he's the man

  • The best way to discover new horizons is to connect with locals. In every places you can find swell, you'll have a Swap and surf member to exchange with you, or to host you or just give you some tips

  • Caio is registred as a journalist, but he could have been photographer or artist too. An open mind brasilian surfer willing to welcome you in Florianopolis. 

  • "I plan to always do what I love to do, and make the most of the opportunities in front of me, and believe this can be seen in my work." a talented photographer to meet

  • Of course Swap and surf is well implanted in all main surf culture heart, like California is

  • With Tushar, Ishita is a leading figure of the surfing culture in India. A pionner, the first female to have been sponsored by brand like roxy

  • Swap and surf founders are from South West of France and the project settle down their. Naturally, the largest choice of profiles in this area

  • Of course, Swap and surf offers solutions through our members in all majors surf trip destination

  • The cool californian surfer. The guy to meet for a reciprocal hospitality. With Talal, it'll be easy going

  • We offer places like Alaska to live with locals experiences difficult to organized like cold water surfing in remoted places