Our journey to launching Ongosa and quest to make adventure sports more accessible.
2000 - 2002
Ongosa founder does ski seasons in France (two) & New Zealand (one). Meets loads of likeminded people who love adventure, travel, mountains, outdoors, bikes, boards, skis, powder, surf, sun, sailing, sleeping and maybe the odd beer. “Best days of my life. I should earn some money now shouldn’t I?”
2002 - 2010
Ongosa founder spends many a bad day in a London office interrupted by ski, bike, dive, sail trips all around the world. Lives for holidays. Can’t get enough. Gets annoyed can’t get enough. Get’s really annoyed by bad experiences. “Do you have to do seasons to have the best of it?”
2010 - 2011
Ongosa Founder and new wife take year's honeymoon: 22 countries. Sails, dives, surfs, camps, explores, enjoys. Spends two months skiing in Utah. Lots of snow. Phew. “Internet does so much: booked hotel, car hire, restaurant, flight. But accessing adventure sports should be easier!”
2011 - 2014
Back to work (pay off credit card). Children turn up, doesn’t ski one winter, mid-life crisis. Quits city job. “Hey honey – I quit my job today. I’m doing that adventure sports internet thing I’ve been going on about.”
2014 - Nov 2014
Talks to everyone who will listen about the idea.
Nov 2014 - ONGOSA Ltd
Lots more talking to people, lots of advice, lots of people love it. So much so, start-up money is crowd funded from 80 people. Team takes shape, Rich speaks to all his guide and ski instructor mates, website is built.
Ongosa.com Beta version is launched. Pretty excited!
Ongosa takes off its training wheels and looses ‘BETA’ status. The Ongosa Explore series is launched giving skiers, boarders and mountaineers unique and useful ideas, information and inspiration to help them on their way.
Successfully match our first client with a ski instructor. Dawn was very happy; ‘We just wanted to feedback how happy we were with Christophe and his private lessons in La Plagne. The girls really loved their time with him and learnt so much more than they did in a previous ski school. He had a lovely positive and cheerful manner with great English and good humour. We were also grateful for his thorough feedback and suggestions after each lesson. Perfect choice.’
Ongosa proves that even backcountry snowboarders will be in good hands! 'Greetings from Dubai. I just wanted to drop a quick message to say a huge thanks to Ongosa and to Roddy for what was one of the best off-piste/back-country days I've ever had. With a crew of guy coming from many parts round the world, Ongosa had everything sorted for us in Val D'Isere....all we had to do was turn up and ride....POWDER!!! Roddy our guide, was brilliant. He was open to ideas and types of lines we wanted to do, yet keeping the aspect of safety as his #1 priority. He was also giving us boarders some very valuable tips about riding styles and board set-ups, though to pointers about efficiency when hiking. Speaking of which, we got to hike and do Couloir Des Pisteurs under his watchful eye. For those wanting a hassle-free day skiing/boarding some freshies in the backcountry, then get in touch with Rich and his team Ongosa you won’t go wrong!!!’ Shane.
With the first winter season and financial year under the Team Ongosa belt we were happy to survive with lots of happy clients, instructors and guides. Phew.
While the team managed to get out on the water and on our bikes, a lot of focus was put into the winter. Signing up affiliate marketing partners across the ski travel sector. Good for us, great for instructors and guides we work with and awesome for client who can now find the best local ski and snowboard specialist guides and instructors really easily.
Affiliate programme launched with Iglu Ski, Powderbeds, Ifyouski, Alpine Answers amongst many others.
Jan 2017 Ongosa's Explore Series receives Feedspot award for being in the top 50 best ski blogs worldwide.
Marketing and PR agencies appointed and we attend the ski show for the first time (officially speaking).
Poor conditions in the Alps reported but Ongosa sees new heights and kicks on.
A new private investors joins our team and fully get's behind our mission to make adventure sports more accessible.
We open our new office in Farringdon. No longer digital nomad all the time, we have a home to go to. Come and say hi if you're in the area.
Winter 2017/18 Biggest winter ever for Ongosa, helping thousands of you find the best instructors to help you find your next level.
Ongosa take to the road on our inaugural Summer Roadtrip - we travelled for 6 weeks along 4627 miles of the Atlantic Coast of Europe from the UK down to France, Spain and Portugal, linking up with surf schools. We had over 100 face to face meetings to ensure we were working with the best local professional instructors before the launch of our Surf and Kitesurf booking service and entry into a whole new market.
Tripled the size of the marketing team, bringing Ongosa to an ever-expanding audience, meaning more uploads, hashtags, and useful blog content giving information and inspiration on all things adventure sports.
New website launches, allowing you to search for the best lessons more quickly and easily than ever - you can filter down to exactly what you need, compare prices and request to book online.