Surfer app team aim for Google HQ contest

Enterprising Swansea University students and staff have won praise for their novel surfing app but they need YOUR help to get to the finals of a global competition at Google HQ in California.

Tutor Ben Martin from the Centre for Academic Success and PhD students Andrew Ryan and Gerrit Niezen designed and built an app for surfers called Johnny on the Spot.

It helps surfers to log and share wave sizes, weather conditions and other surfing information.

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Pictured from left are Andrew Ryan, Ben Martin and Gerrit Niezen, surrounded by students from the University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea who were the creative design side of the team.

They came second in the competition held during Wales’s first ever Start-up Weekend,  part of the university’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. which was marked with a series of events, including a keynote speech by Wales’s foremost entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews.

Their business was chosen from over 40 initial pitches and they are now in with the chance to pitch their idea along with rivals from Harvard and MiT in Google’s headquarters in San Francisco Bay.

‌But first they have to succeed in the Champions Circle round against teams from around the world – and that is decided on votes.

Supporters can vote once a day, every day until the closing date of December 6th.

Voters have to sign in then scroll down to find the Johnny On the Spot video.

To find out more watch their video at