Nomadic Coworking is all the Rage. A look at one of the most Successful Platforms in the Business of Working in Paradise.
Since the early days of the coworking movement, people have been drawn to the vibrant energy and productive communities that many physical coworking spaces tend to create. While a greater degree of mobility is mostly positive, as exploration of our surroundings is an integral part of the human experience, it can also make finding the right community a bit more challenging.
There are multiple spaces around the world, which specifically cater to nomadic workers and even those who already have a set community, but are in desperate need of a vacation (or more realistically, a work-cation). Surfing enthusiast and UI designer Peter Fabor decided to combine his interests and create a space that offers the best of both worlds. A seamless combination of productivity and relaxation, Fabor opened the Surf Office in Gran Canaria in 2011.
Coworking on the Move
Unlike more traditional coworking spaces, the Surf Office doesn’t offer set memberships, as it attracts mostly nomadic workers rather than members of the local community. Since most people joining are coming from far and wide, the space offers accommodation, fully equipped with a strong internet connection, a kitchen, workstations and tons of outdoor activities. Memberships are flexible and can run from 1 week to 2 months.
For many freelancers a concept like the Surf Office is a dream come true. As many self-employed individuals set their own schedules, they may book a week vacation and end up spending it in front of their laptop. “Becoming a part of a pop-up community encourages freelancers to take a break and go outside, which tends to boost productivity in the long run,” explains Fabor.
A Growing Nomadic Community
Since the first Surf Office saw great success, Fabor expanded his reach, and joined the international community by opening as second space in Santa Cruz. The beach villa meets coworking space is set in a location that is not only perfect for attracting the numerous entrepreneurs who make their home in the San Francisco Bay Area, but is also know for being one of the most world renowned surfing spots.
Those who are coming to Santa Cruz from other parts of the world have the chance to enjoy the lush landscapes and seaside views, while also tapping into the nearby tech community. The famed Silicon Valley, which is a short 45 min drive away, gives access to Surf Office members the chance to do a little extra networking if they choose. While there are plenty of opportunities to be advantageous while going on a work-cation, the Surf Office offers a different form of networking. The beautiful surroundings offered in both Spain and California are there to inspire new relationships and ideas in a calm and serene setting.
Third Time’s the Charm
Fabor has modeled The Surf Office after his own ideal work-life balance, which involves equal parts entrepreneurship and equal parts riding waves. In the true spirit of the digital workforce, Fabor is now moving on to his next project and planning to open a third location in Portugal’s beautiful capital city, Lisbon.
Whether it’s the WordPress team or a diverse community of freelancers working on independent projects, the ability to wake up and take surf lessons or goes for a long hike is at the heart of this unique nomadic community.