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Advertising Options
Stormsurf is a growing business with an expanding user base. New content and services are currently being developed to help satisfy the growing demand for marine weather required by surfers, boaters, fisherman and the recreational community. As such we try to offer competitive rates and personalized service to benefit both our viewers and those who wish to advertise with us. We understand the value of your time and money and try to make the experience of doing bushiness with us one that will encourage you to come back again.

Stormsurf currently provides four advertising programs: There are 2 Top Banner programs (small and large), a Tower banner program, and Spot ads. All programs can support gif, animated gif, jpeg, Flash, or html. A password protected screen is provided for each advertiser to view statistics regarding the details of their campaign.

Small Top Banner (Industry standard 468 X 60 pixels): These run imbedded in the upper right quadrant of the header/navigation bar across the top of every page on the site (over 1000 pages). There are only 6 banner slots, and one is randomly selected and displayed every time our users request a page. The banner is set up to link directly to whatever URL you supply us in a new window. Impressions and click-through rates are logged. One slot runs for $60 (US) per month. If you wish to purchase two (or more) slots to run different ads and increase your coverage, discounted rates are available. Size limited to about 15KB at this rate.

Large Top Banner (728 X 90 pixels): These run imbedded in the lower half of the header/navigation bar across the top of every page on the site (over 1000 pages). There are 6 ads slots possible, and one of the active slots is randomly selected and displayed every time our users request a page. The banner is set up to link directly to whatever URL you supply us in a new window. Impressions and click-through rates are logged. One slot runs for $225 (US) per month. If you wish to purchase two (or more) slots to run different ads and increase your coverage, discounted rates are available. Size is limited to 30 KB per banner.

Towers (120 X 600 pixels): These run down the left hand site of most every page on the site (except content pages in the Chartroom and some menu pages). There are 6 ads slots possible, and each is selected at random and displayed as pages are requested. The banner links directly to whatever URL you supply us in a new window. Impressions and click-through rates are logged. One slot runs for $200 (US) per month.Two or more slots can be purchased at discounted rates. Size is limited to about 30 KB per banner

Spot Ads Another popular option is to run a banner on a single page aimed at a targeted audience, like the Pacific Ocean Storm and Surf Forecast page. A 468 X 60 banner can be had for $50 (US) per month. Impressions and click-through rates are logged. Ads on other pages can be provided too on an as-requested basis. Rates run from about $30-50 per month depending on banner size, placement and page traffic.

Custom ad options are supported and negotiated on an as-request basis.

Banner Creation Services If you don't have a banner or ad material, but want a presence on Stormsurf with links back to your site, we can create a banner for you. Static 468 X 60 pixel gif/jpeg banners cost $60. You provide the background images and desired text. Prices for other ad formats and types (animated gif, Flash etc) can be negotiated. If you need images, we can try to procure them for you, but additional fees may apply.

Technical Notes: If you chose to build your banners in Flash, please be sure to include a layer that links back to your website (use the full path) with target =' _blank' and specific Flash player requirements in your html (Stormsurf requires Flash 7.0).  
You can see how your banner will fit in by looking at any of the pages (other than the splash page) within our site. We are not favorable to wildly flashing content and cheap gimmicks to grab our users attention, so please keep that in mind.

If Flash content is provided, we cannot provide click-through rates, only impressions.  

Please contact us if you have any questions.


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Surf Forecasts
Stormsurf syndicates surf forecasts. We currently produces manually computed surf forecasts for four locations: North California, South California, Hawaii and the East Coast of Central Florida. Human produced surf forecasts always exceed the quality and accuracy of an automated forecast because people can compensate for the limitations of the mathematical product. Manual forecasts are available in the formats below:

Location QuikCAST Long Format
North California X X
South California X X
Hawaii X X
Central Florida X  

Example: QuikCAST - Long Format

One manual forecast (either format) is available for $100 (US) per month, and two for $175/month, four for $300/month, or all seven for $500/month. Forecasts are updated at least 3 times per week. The basic layout of the data is maintained, though specific page attributes (font, background, etc) can be modified to give each clients data a unique look that fit's with the theme of their site. The data is ftp'd to the server of your choice.

Buoy and Buoy Forecasts
We also are working out the delivery system (software) for buoy data and buoy forecast. At this time this service is not available, but we expect to be able to provide packages of buoy and forecast data in either html or raw text format for display on your site. The plan is to provide a 'push' feed to your site updated hourly for buoy data and 4 times daily for buoy forecasts. Package pricing TBD.


Special Engagements/Consulting
Stormsurf can provide 24X7 detailed surf forecasts and special marine monitoring for those customers that require the highest level of service. We have an excellent reputation working with film crews and logistically intensive operations where early warning and real-time updates are required to get operations personnel in-place and ready to capture the early stages of giant swells, significant marine events, contests or whatever weather dependant operating you request. We have solid experience in this area and can also help you pre-plan and organize your crew to maximize the potential for a successful expedition. Fees and terms negotiated on a case by case basis.


Payment Options
All funds are expected to be paid in advance. We accept check, money order, credit card (via Paypal) or direct wire transfer. We provide an invoice for all services rendered. Minimum order is two months of service. Setup fees are included in all process above. Ad campaigns begin only after funds have been received and/or checks have cleared.

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