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Brennan Basnicki

In 2016 he learned to kitesurf, immediately became addicted, and soon found himself spending more time on the beach then at bars & restaurants in NYC. After multiple weekend-long searches planning kite trips he saw an opportunity to apply his quantitative background to a problem he and his friends had long faced. Planning ski trips, and more recently kite trips, was much more difficult than it need to be. After unintentionally creating a first MVP that his friends kept requesting, he decided to pursue the opportunity full time in 2018. For more on his story, click here.

 
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Ludwig Hedlund

Hailing from Sweden, Ludwig is an engineer who has worked on green energy & solar with GRØNBID and Engineers Without Borders. Ludwig is the most recent addition to the team and brings further experience in data analytics and web development.

Ludwig has been skiing since he learned to walk. He worked as a free ride skiing instructor for three years and has been skiing all across Europe and North-America. After high school, Ludwig discovered surfing and as “surf-able” spots are next to nonexistent in Sweden, he had to do four long surfing trips around Asia and Europe the following years. He’s stoked to discover new breaks with RipATrip.

 
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Chris Candy

Chris is an advisor and leads development for RipATrip. Chris is Co-founder and VP of Business Development for SevenMedia Inc, a mobile development company based in Toronto, Canada. Having been engaged in Augmented Reality since 2012, Chris is one of the original pioneers of AR in Canada.

Chris’s deep passion for skiing has taken him around the world, having skied 50+ resorts in 10 countries across three continents, including a legendary 2007 season in Verbier, Switzerland. Most recently Chris decided to take up kiteboarding and traveled to a top destination on a friend's recommendation. Unbeknownst to him it wasn't exactly beginner friendly and he only scored 3/10 days on the water. He vowed to never make that mistake again..

 
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Moritz Gimbel

Moritz is an advisor for RipATrip. Moritz recently joined Apple as head of Product for Apple Music. We’re just as happy for him as we are stoked that Apple Music is finally going to get better.

Moritz grew up sailing and started to race dinghies competitively from the age of 7, switching to wind and kitesurfing in his twenties. As a keen waterman he is highly familiar with the problem that RipATrip solves: find wind, waves and a way to get there instantly. Optimizing timing, location and travel is critical for so many weather and environment dependent activities. Moritz has decades of experience with triangulating the various data points and he is excited to help guide an entrepreneurial team that will solve this problem at scale and with the speed and convenience that makes it compelling for habitual use.

 
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Tiffany Bogich

Tiffany is an advisor for RipATrip. Tiffany is the founder of science.ai, a Techstars NYC company building a web-first publishing platform for scholarly journals. Prior to starting the company, Tiffany was an academic research scientist, having received her PhD from Cambridge University as a Bill & Melinda Gates Fellow.

During her time at Cambridge Tiffany rowed for St. Catharine's College and earned her 'blues' playing for the Cambridge University Women's Rugby Football and Cricket Clubs. Since moving to New York City she learned to boulder in Brooklyn and kitesurf in the Great South Bay. With three summers of kitesurfing and trips to Nantucket, the Outer Banks, Hood River, Hawaii, and Panama under her belt, she's excited to keep learning and traveling to new (windy) places.