Surf the net on your board

Work and play: Long-time friends Scott Maxworthy and Rob DeMeio have fused work and play in their latest design.
Work and play: Long-time friends Scott Maxworthy and Rob DeMeio have fused work and play in their latest design.

WHO would have thought you could one day check your emails while sitting in the surf waiting for the perfect wave?

Well that day is here, thanks to the friendship of information technology guru Scott Maxworthy and plumber Rob DeMeio.

The Bangerboard is the brainchild of Scott who is the co-founder of an internet site that helps people to find tradespeople for anything from small jobs to large-scale constructions.

The pair, promoting their invention in Port Macquarie on Friday, came up with the idea of a laptop in a surf board when they were out one day catching a few waves.

"Rob and I were sitting out in the surf when he said he had to go into the office to do some quotes," Scott said.

"We started talking about how great it would be if he could do that while sitting in the surf and the idea of the Bangerboard was born."

Eventually technology will allow voice-activated communication making the idea work even better.

"The Bangerboard is a fun way to show it really is possible to mix work and play," Scott said.

"The potential of the internet is finally starting to be realised – we're learning how to use it to make our lives easier, more successful and more meaningful."

When asked if he thought die-hard surfers would be disgusted at the idea of taking work to the very place people went to escape it, Scott said no.

"I think this idea simply shows that you can have a balanced lifestyle," he said.

"You don't have to spend all your time in the office, you can mix it up and have some leisure and some work."

Scott estimated the value of the board about $9000 and jokingly added the surf lessons would be free.

The pair is making their way to Brisbane to an IT conference that is promoting the benefit of new technologies in the building industry.