https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives.atom Coopsangiacomo - Perspectives 2020-09-16T14:01:35+10:00 Coopsangiacomo https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/5-more-uses-for-your-parallaxx-change-mat 2020-09-16T14:01:35+10:00 2020-09-16T14:07:11+10:00 5 More Uses For Your Coopsangiacomo Change Mat Daniel Lawson “Sand - Yes, it’s always everywhere! And yeah we love it, walking on it, and it gives us the beach, which we can’t and won’t ever live without. But what if we didn’t have to take all that sand home? 

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How good is that after session banter and camaraderie? Where everyone is super pumped and on the high from that natural release of endorphins from doing what we love most!

When it comes to kiting, we’re always in competition on the metrics on who went further, faster, or higher, sharing insights with each other so we can all improve together. 

We’re always dreaming of improvement; both personally and the overall experience. There is always a common theme. 

Sand. 

Yes, it’s always everywhere! And yeah we love it, walking on it, and it gives us the beach, which we can’t and won’t ever live without. But what if we didn’t have to take all that sand home? 

What if we could keep our feet, wetsuit, harness and in this way, car sand-free? That would be a game-changer for us! 

This is where the Coopsangiacomo Change mat came into existence. Simple yet so effective, this discovery was a game-changer. Not only does it protect your expensive wetsuit from being stomped into the ground when changing. By pulling the drawstrings it also creates a waterproof dry bag too, it then contains all your wet & sandy gear from getting through your car. 

Over time, we were further rewarded with all the hidden uses of the Coopsangiacomo Change Mat

5 Additional ways to make use of your Change Mat

  1. Beach Beers
    Beach beers
    Impromptu beers are the best-tasting beers, as long as they are cold. Coopsangiacomo has been inspired by the beach life and the change max doubles as a fully waterproof dry bag, coincidence? I think not.

  2. Groceries  Bag
    Grocery Bag
    We are aware of the impact that single-use plastics are having on our oceans. But I get it, whoever remembers to bring those reusable bags from home? Luckily, your change mat is still in the back of the car!

  3. Impromptu picnic mat
    Impromptu Coopsangiacomo picnic mat
    No wind? Or maybe someone catches your attention? The Coopsangiacomo change mat makes you look totally prepared and saves the day to bust out an impromptu picnic. Never fails to impress!

  4. Dirty Boots?

    Direct work boots but clean car
    Or even wet boots after snowboarding? Don’t worry about making a mess of your car, even worse, a friend’s car! Whatever the condition, pull the strings and contain it in your Coopsangiacomo dry bag.

  5. Laundry bag
    Coopsangiacomo Laundry Bag
    Let’s be honest - baskets take up way too much room. Regardless of what state your clothes are in, wet, sandy, muddy… you know your Coopsangiacomo products are up to whatever the job you give them!

Bonus Use - Stay tuned, coming soon....

I trust that you will have all your own unique and wonderful ways to make use of your own Coopsangiacomo Change Mat too. Get one for yourself today!

 

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https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/adventurepreneur-lifestyle 2020-09-04T10:17:00+10:00 2021-04-01T23:56:07+11:00 Adventurepreneur Lifestyle Daniel Lawson “Most people float through life through one of two ways; without giving much thought to the path that they’re on and are convinced that their current reality is the only option, or are too scared to take a risk and try something different”

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“Most people float through life through one of two ways; without giving much thought to the path that they’re on and are convinced that their current reality is the only option, or are too scared to take a risk and try something different”

When the penny dropped, I found this is entirely true for myself and it became increasingly more apparent how this was affecting the people around me. I was 30 and it was time to enter the second third of my life, change up a gear, and start being very intentional on what I really wanted in order to achieve real fulfillment. 

After learning how to leverage online business, achieve semi-passive income, and start earning on automation; the available titles I could see for myself were; entrepreneur - nope. Digital Nomad - cringe. Online Influencer - ick. Guru - not me. Blogger - naaaah? The list goes on but none of these were my home. I was lost and felt like I was missing my people - where do I belong? 

All I really wanted was to chase the adventure and adrenaline around the globe. Kite surfing for fun and fitness but also to create real value in the lives of others. I figured if I felt this way there must be others who feel the same. They will be on their own journey, at a different stage, who also want the same things but also have so much value to give too. What if all these people came together? What if this community was possible? Would this be our home together? 

So I created Coopsangiacomo. The very act of just taking some action has been so amazing. I cannot say I knew all the answers then, and certainly cannot say I have even come close to figuring them all now… but, becoming the person I have needed to be in order to move through the challenges - it has been more rewarding than anything I can put my finger on. 

Recently the term ‘ adventurepreneur’ came up in a conversation. With a quick google search, I found the name, Jeremy Jensen. I tuned into his podcast ‘The Adventurepreneur Playbook’ which blew my mind! 


In the intro to the very first episode on the podcast series, Jeremy defines an Adventureprenuer as

“...thought leaders, influencers, thriller seekers, and nonconformists, who make a living as professional athletes, CEOs, artists, and change-makers, they’re the people brave enough to not let the traditional definitions of success confine them. They’re often irreverent misfits and risk-takers living life on their own terms.”

He then goes on to explore big name and upcoming entrepreneurs, who have built their passions into startups, small businesses, lifestyles, or personal brands.

The rush of emotion just hearing this, realizing that there are others out there like me, doing what I want to be doing, and achieving the life that I want to be living was such a rush. The excitement is real. 

If you are here here, already there is a good chance you feel the same. If you are unsure, check it out below. The entire podcast explains the philosophies of Coopsangiacomo and where this brand is heading into the future. Join us!

Coopsangiacomo Adventurepreneur - Thrill-seekers building adventure lifestyle business

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https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/how-to-select-the-right-surf-poncho-change-robe-that-is-best-for-you 2020-07-29T17:52:00+10:00 2020-09-04T10:03:53+10:00 How To Select The Right Surf Poncho / Change Robe That Is Best For You Daniel Lawson So the time has come to finally invest in a new poncho? maybe a first-time buyer or replacing old faithful. Maybe you are totally new to the idea and wondering what the rave is about and where to start? 

Good news, this is the article for you! 

The first question to be asking yourself is for what purpose would I like it to serve? 

Depending on your geographic location/climate, the sport you are into, and what functionalities are most important to you it will help narrow down which style option will be of most value. 

Considerations based on the above will be fabric weight and warmth, water absorption and drying ability, resistance to extreme conditions, and public changing or lounging comfort. 

The history of the first original surf poncho isn't clear. However I like I imagine some surf legend on the beach having a game-changing epiphany moment where he (may have been a girl but given the largely male dominance of the sport over the past 2 decades, it’s my imagined assumption) sewed his towel into a wearable item after just wanting an easier way to change in public while being warm and dry. Huge appreciation to just another awesome innovation the surf community has given the world! 

Surf ponchos/changing robes have now been adopted as an essential item across most water sports; from kiteboarding and surfing to Scuba Diving or even to use at the public leisure centers. Major brands and stores are leveraging exposure through merchandising ponchos too. This means branding a generic (and often low quality) item and selling at the market rate without consideration for actually developing features for specific user functionality.

Note: it’s worth mentioning if you are purchasing your local store-branded merchandise primarily to support their business; I personally love and encourage this. 

Coopsangiacomo Ponchos: Community Designed 

Check out the Coopsangiacomo range of ponchos to select which is best for your needs.

Large Weatherproof Poncho

Designed specifically for those die-hards that can’t get enough of what they love regardless of how extreme the weather conditions are. The Coopsangiacomo Weatherproof poncho stops freezing winds from reaching your skin while the water beading shell to keep you dry. The inside is lined with the thickest 350gsm 100% cotton lining for total warmth and comfort. 

Pros  

  • Designed for the coldest conditions 
  • Protects from both wind & rain 
  • Extra length to cover tall humans 

Cons 

  • Bulker than the other poncho styles 
  • Does not have internal access pockets 
  • The slightly higher price point   

 

Regular Weatherproof Poncho

As with the large version, The Coopsangiacomo Weatherproof poncho protects you from the wind and rain in the most challenging conditions. The regular size has been designed to suit females and or active males who value freedom of movement. It’s shorter and vest style without arms.  

Pros

  • Designed for the coldest conditions 
  • Protects from both wind & rain 
  • Great protection without compromise of movement

Cons 

  • Bulker than any other poncho style 
  • Does not have internal access pockets 
  • The slightly higher price point  

Regular Fit 100% Cotton Poncho 


The regular fit poncho serves those who want a one-size-fits-all approach for those couples who like to share everything or when gifting an item that is really for yourself! The thick 100% cotton provides maximum warmth and comfort while maintaining a natural fiber status for being environmentally friendly. Has the internal access pockets to maximize changing functionality in public spaces.


Pros

  • Thick terry cotton for a luxurious feel
  • Warmer than microfibre 
  • Unique internal access pockets 

Cons 

  • Bulker than microfiber fabric
  • Heavy & longer dry times when wet

 

Long Fit 100% Cotton Poncho


Long fit is best suited for those taller humans that have always wished regular ponchos would reach below the knee. Females that prefer a spacious fit for changing and lounging in also love this style too. As with the regular fit cotton poncho, this has been manufactured with the thickest 350gsm terry cotton fabric for those who appreciate the feeling of luxury against the skin.


Pros 

  • Warmer than microfibre 
  • Unique internal access pockets 
  • Extra length for taller humans 

Cons 

  • Bulker than microfiber fabric
  • Heavy & longer dry times when wet
  • Reduced sex appeal due to extra leg cover

 

Women’s Thick Microfibre Poncho

Inspired by those girls on the beach that acknowledge there is not enough female-specific gear available. This poncho has been made both shorter and narrower for a more fitted feel. The unique feature is the internal access pockets being slighter higher for changing bikini top with true ease. Being thick and soft microfibre it has great water absorption while being lightweight and the ability to dry quickly. Best suited for girls wanting a cute beach look or dudes who are comfortable with their sexuality and love the attention! 


Pros 

  • Lightweight & compact best for packing
  • Water absorbent & quick dry fabric
  • Higher internal access pockets for changing bikini/bra 

Cons 

  • Not as warm in cold conditions
  • Fabric tends to attract debris sticking to it
  • Microfibre is a synthetic fabric 

 

Long Fit Thick Microfibre Poncho

The thick and extra soft microfibre material is best for lightweight and quick-drying while still being compact taking into consideration the size. Being longer, this style has been created with taller humans in mind that have always wished regular ponchos would reach below the knee. Females that prefer a spacious fit for changing and lounging in also love this style too. It has the internal access pockets for added changing functionality. 


Pros 

  • Lightweight & compact material
  • Water absorbent & quick dry fabric
  • Longer & more spacious for taller humans 

Cons 

  • Not as warm in cold conditions
  • Fabric tends to attract debris sticking to it
  • Microfibre is a synthetic fabric 

 


I trust this article helps with being able to select a poncho that will best serve your requirements. Ponchos are one of those items that you can’t really have too many of so if you still can’t decide give yourself permission to get a couple of your favorites for all occasions.


If you have any further queries about the Coopsangiacomo ponchos or are already using one, I would love to hear from you! Please post comments or get in touch via the contact page. ]]>
https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/my-greatest-influence-think-about-yours 2020-01-06T20:44:00+11:00 2020-09-04T10:01:48+10:00 Does your greatest influence inspire freedom? Daniel Lawson Due to my influence, he gave it a good crack and loved it. So much so, he would already be at the beach for hours before I even finished work! He always told me "if you wanna live this dream, come with me and let's build it together". 

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I arrived in Australia missing the warmth of Mexico and needing an accountability partner to kite in the wintertime. I knew if I could introduce the sport to my brother it would dramatically increase my water time opportunity. 

Due to my influence, he gave it a good crack and loved it. So much so, he would already be at the beach for hours before I even finished work! He always told me "if you wanna live this dream, come with me and let's build it together". 

It took another year, but due to his influence, I quit corporate and started life. A kite life, surrounded by amazing people and an incredible community - all doing what inspires them! 

Shout out to my brother Luke Lawson who may be younger, but hands down been the biggest influence in my life. He opened my eyes to an incredible new world. 

Welcome home - well for now. 

 Who is your greatest influence in life? Really honestly ask yourself, are they all you need - in a positive way?

If you deserve a huge shift in reality, want 2020 to be your year, and could do with a shit load more positive influence - come join us! 

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https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/dans-story 2019-12-27T21:33:00+11:00 2020-09-04T10:02:18+10:00 Dan's Story Daniel Lawson

Perception is a funny thing; we all seem to judge one another by how we expect someone to be. However, in many instances, this perception is entirely formed from personal experiences and has nothing to do with the individual we are critiquing. This of course changes quickly when given the opportunity.

If you are here, you have probably stumbled upon me somewhere in the online world and for whatever reason, have taken an interest in gaining a little more understanding about the journey I am on. The reason I share this is that, much like you, life hasn’t been handed to me on a silver platter. The struggles, set-backs, and a convoluted path are all too real. What I can tell you though is this; with the right influence, a good mentor, and plenty of perseverance, everything can change as quickly as stepping out the front door.

So who is Dan Lawson?

Likes: Adventure/Extreme Sports, Backpacking without direction, Food/Culture/Language, a well-told story

Values: Authenticity, Passion, Honesty, Perseverance, Resourcefulness

Dislikes: Excuses, Clutter, Jealousy, Stagnation

I was born in New Zealand, the year 1988 and spent the first 2 years of my life on the road living in a house truck with my gypsy mother. Although she was young, a runaway herself, and had total freedom (yes times were different in the ‘80’s), she knew I was a responsibility that needed stability. She purchased a house in a small town near the Abel Tasman National Park – Takaka.

My father joined the household at some point in time but they separated again when I was 13 years old. He continued as an acquaintance for a bbq, a beer, jumpstart my car on occasion, or a place to crash when in town. Primarily, life was just my brother (5 years younger), Mum and myself.

Since we never had a lot of money, our mother always just did the best that she could with two growing boys. Looking back now; yes, the food we ate was ‘creative’, the clothing brands we wore – well, there weren’t any, and the entertainment provided was our own imagination. But never were we hungry, cold, or bored.

The ultimate shout out to my own success (and I am sure Luke will say the same), goes to our mother, Vicki Lawson. She gave us life skills that so many are deprived of, but more importantly, she offered freedom and belief outside of societal norms to achieve anything we wanted. This was incredibly empowering, and I am only just beginning to grasp its magnitude.

Throughout my schooling years, my results were average at best. Teacher reports never failed to say ‘Daniel has every capability to be a high achiever, but needs to start applying himself’. In my final high school years, I sold the idea to the school that the mandatory subjects, maths, English, and science were optional and that building a race car and doing another outdoor education class was more appropriate. I had zero interest in university in any way.

Without a clear direction, and the priority of keeping things interesting, I learned to operate heavy machinery at the age of 17 years… (my first word was “dig” while pointing at roadside excavators). I traveled the country while working and earned very good money, but I couldn’t see myself as a road worker.

I traveled North and Central America for over 15 months, explored various ways of life, and discovered employment opportunities. I returned to Auckland and attended University for the student life and study-abroad program. Multiple academic qualifications later, and a sizable government loan, I was still no further in finding my calling.

While drinking a beer that cost the last $5 to my name, I created a new position for myself in a transportation company by combining sales acumen, heavy vehicle experience, and a marketing degree. Sure, it was nice having a twin-turbo BMW to drive, the business lunches, and reporting directly to the GM but inevitability it no longer provided me with the development and challenge I required.

Little did I know at this stage, that I lacked direction, vision, and goals large enough to keep me satisfied. So again, I chose to run from it all – I lived with the Mayans in the highlands of Guatemala and learned Castellano (Spanish). I hiked the Inca Trail and kite-surfed in Peru. I traveled Mexico with my mother and almost started a backpacker adventure resort so I would never have to return. 

I arrived in Sydney and reunited with my brother Luke, he introduced me to the world of online business and the dream that could be achieved. Sounded grand… and all too good to be true. There are many options to buy into pyramid schemes online (and offline) but in my opinion  better to invest time into a more sustainable income source.

I thought that now, in my late twenties, I would be almost mature enough to be content with a well-regarded corporate job. I fell into recruitment with many other diverse and successful people, but for me it felt like a modernised ‘slave trade’. I later became Business Development Manager, launching a new tech product internationally with the top notch-perks and commissions. But, again it felt like I was trading my life for stress and little free time for anything I loved.

My first day back at work, after returning from the best kite-surfing holiday with my brother, it felt like I had PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The famous quote “Do what you have always done, and you will get what you have always got” rang loud in my mind so I resigned on the spot and moved interstate. I joined not just my brother, but some other good friends from a few years prior who were now already earning 6 figures online and living the laptop lifestyle.

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https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/kiteboard-feels-from-st-kilda 2019-09-14T20:58:00+10:00 2020-09-04T10:01:15+10:00 Kiteboard feels from St Kilda Daniel Lawson

Westerlies are always up & down... but who says we can't fly with the gusts and make the weekend our own!

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https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/kiteboarding-melbourne-best-tricks 2019-09-08T20:26:00+10:00 2020-09-04T10:02:32+10:00 Kiteboarding Melbourne - best tricks Daniel Lawson At the times when most are struggling to keep the kites in the sky, there is always one last champion giving it the all!

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At the times when most are struggling to keep the kites in the sky, there is always one last champion giving it the all!

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https://coopsangiacomo.it/blogs/perspectives/rosebud-vic-kiteboarding 2019-09-01T20:08:00+10:00 2020-09-04T10:01:32+10:00 Rosebud, VIC - Kiteboarding Daniel Lawson The Melbourne kite crew out making the most of the northerly winds & flat water at Rosebud before the change in season & in location for summer!

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The Melbourne kite crew out making the most of the northerly winds & flat water at Rosebud before the change in season & in location for summer!

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