As evidenced by his video scrapbook, Don Ledford, a native of Seattle area has been an avid surfer for years.
When it’s calm, he’s on his SUP, when it’s windy, he cracks the Windsurf gear out. When the waves are promising, surfboards are retrieved from the big Sprinter van, which serves as a moving dedicated equipment storage for Ledford.
As much fun as water sports are, the sea (or lake) occasionally claims a toll by claiming equipment such as paddles, gloves, hats, even a surfboard on occasion.
“Given the considerable expense of the equipment and all the accessories, it would be awesome to get them back” says Ledford, who cannot remember the count of all the stuff he has lost over the years.
“Even if someone finds it, they don’t know who to call to come get it” he continued.
That is when tagging his equipment occurred to him. That way, at least when someone finds the missing glove, paddle or board, they’ll be able to contact Don and arrange for the lost equipment to find its way back home.
However, what to tag the equipment with?
Almost all equipment used in watersports gets exposed to extreme conditions like sun, salt, abrasion. Things either wear off or just get eroded away.
That’s when Don decided to try Dynotag’s “Internet Enabled QR Code Smart Mini Tags”.
Upon receiving them Don activated the tags with his contact information then applied them to his valued equipment, using wowen nylon strings in most cases…
“I like these little tags have a short web address for my info., as well as the QR Code” says Ledford. “Not everyone has a smartphone that can read QR Codes but pretty much everyone knows how to visit a web address” he added. Ledford has a whole set of boards for all water sports imaginable, and he has tagged them all!. “It took just a few minutes to do them all” he says. Certainly a worthy investment for the peace of mind.
After several weeks of use, Don is pleased with the tags, which appear to take the abuse well.
We’ll see which one will last longer, the tags or the surfboards. Stay tuned for an update in a few months!
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