Cookie Policy

by Surf Atlas

Cookie Policy

We use cookies to help improve your experience of our website at https://www.thesurfatlas.com. This cookie policy is part of The Surf Atlas’ privacy policy. It covers the use of cookies between your device and our site.

We also provide basic information on third-party services we may use, who may also use cookies as part of their service. This policy does not cover their cookies.

If you don’t wish to accept cookies from us, you should instruct your browser to refuse cookies from https://www.thesurfatlas.com. In such a case, we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired content and services.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data that a website stores on your device when you visit. It typically contains information about the website itself, a unique identifier that allows the site to recognise your web browser when you return, additional data that serves the cookie’s purpose, and the lifespan of the cookie itself.

Cookies are used to enable certain features (eg logging in), track site usage (eg analytics), store your user settings (eg time zone, notification preferences), and to personalise your content (eg advertising, language).

Cookies set by the website you are visiting are usually referred to as first-party cookies. They typically only track your activity on that particular site.

Cookies set by other sites and companies (i.e. third parties) are called third-party cookies They can be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.

Types of cookies and how we use them

Essential cookies

Essential cookies are crucial to your experience of a website, enabling core features like user logins, account management, shopping carts, and payment processing.

We use essential cookies to enable certain functions on our website.

Performance cookies

Performance cookies track how you use a website during your visit. Typically, this information is anonymous and aggregated, with information tracked across all site users. They help companies understand visitor usage patterns, identify and diagnose problems or errors their users may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving their audience’s overall website experience. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. They do not collect personal information about you.

We use performance cookies on our site.

Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies are used to collect information about your device and any settings you may configure on the website you’re visiting (like language and time zone settings). With this information, websites can provide you with customised, enhanced, or optimised content and services. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services.

We use functionality cookies for selected features on our site. (Find more information on that here).

Targeting/advertising cookies

Targeting/advertising cookies help determine what promotional content is most relevant and appropriate to you and your interests. Websites may use them to deliver targeted advertising or limit the number of times you see an advertisement. This helps companies improve the effectiveness of their campaigns and the quality of content presented to you. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. Targeting/advertising cookies set by third-parties may be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.

How to opt out of cookies on this site

We have a cookie banner that asks you permission to set cookies on this site. You can manage and refuse cookies using that tool.

You can also set your browser to deny all cookies acroll all sites.

More details about specific cookies that are set on this site

Analytics

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics. It’s a webmaster service provided by Google to help us keep track of how well our site is performing.

Google Analytics uses cookies. They’re automatically set on any device that visits our site and has cookies enabled. The data that’s generated by these cookie about you use The Surf Atlas (including, but not limited to your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its global database of servers, typically in the United States.

This information is used to generate reports on how users behave on our site. That includes, but is not limited to, the time spent on our site, how many pages visited, your geo location, your device, your browser information/settings, secondary pages you visit, and what links you click.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.

Cookies from Google Analytics can be set for up to two years. These will reset whenever you-revist the site. We’ve set data on the Google Analytics tool to retain for a maximum of 26 months.

It’s possible to refuse cookies by changing settings on your browser. Alternatively, you can use the Google Analytics Opt Out.

Affiliates

Booking.com

Cookies are set to enable our affiliate Booking.com to track that that you’ve come to them via our site. This is a cookie related to our ID tag with the affiliate and is so that we can get any bookings/conversions with them attributed to us. It’s a session cookie, which means it only lasts for the duration that you spend on their site after leaving outs.

Information that’s visible to us on their site via their own analytics portal includes the date of your booking, the country of the booking’s origin, the cost of the booking, and the amount of commission made by Booking.com.

You can opt-out of all cookies and third-party cookies by changing settings on your browser.

GetYourGuide

We are a member of the GetYourGuide affiliate program. This lets us place ads and widgets that present guided tours and other organised experiences in the destinations we write about. We receive a commission for any bookings that are made through these placements.

GetYourGuide sets a cookie on the device of users who click through to their site from ours. It’s purpose is to track purchases and offer us commission on successful purchases. The cookie lasts 31 days. More information can be found on the GetYourGuide Partnership Agreement.

You can opt-out of all cookies and third-party cookies by changing settings on your browser.

AvantLink

We partner with surf brands like evo.com using the AvantLink affiliate network. This is so we can offer the best deals and recommendations on surf gear we love.

Whenever you click through on one of these links, it’s common for a cookie to be set for a period of 90-180 days. It’s basically there to let the seller know that you came from our site and give us credit for any purchases you buy.

These cookies are only set the moment you click on one of our affiliate links.

You can opt-out of all cookies and third-party cookies by changing settings on your browser.

FlexOffers

We partner with surf brands like Hansen Surfboards and Ann’s Cottage FlexOffers affiliate network. This is so we can offer the best deals and recommendations on surf gear we love.

Whenever you click through on one of these links, it’s common for a cookie to be set for a period of 90-180 days. It’s basically there to let the seller know that you came from our site and give us credit for any purchases you buy.

These cookies are only set the moment you click on one of our affiliate links.

You can opt-out of all cookies and third-party cookies by changing settings on your browser.

Amazon Affiliates

The Surf Atlas is a member of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. It’s an advertising network that lets us earn fees from goods sold on Amazon properties as a result of our recommendations.

Amazon Associates network uses cookies to track purchases on their site that come through from outs. These are set the moment a link or ad is clicked on The Surf Atlas. Cookies from the Amazon Affiliate network last 24 hours, but could be extended up to 90 days in certain circumstances.

You can read more about the Amazon Associates cookie policy at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GVASXV5UZ64R4Y25

Advertising

Adsense

Google AdSense is a tool that lets The Surf Atlas display relevant advertisements to our users. The service makes use of cookies and other tracking tech to optimize and personalize the content it displays.

AdSense may make use of personal data collected by users and set cookies to fulfil this aim.

You can read more about AdSense cookies and see what options you have to opt-out of them here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads

Ezoic

The Surf Atlas uses Ezoic for display advertising and analytics. This is a global ad exchange that uses the Google Ad Exchange to source ads from thousands of vendors to display on our site. We earn money for every click on those adds, typically calculated as EPVM (earnings per 1000 clicks). It’s not much but it helps us keep the site running.

Ezoic may collect personal information as it’s defined in GDPR about visitors to your website for the purposes of statistics, analytics and personalization. In addition, Ezoic works with numerous third parties for the collection and storage of data and the providing of analytics and advertising services.

You can read a detailed summary of the Surf Atlas Ezoic privacy policy here.

If you’d like to see a summary of the requests to know user information, requests to delete user information and requests to opt-out of CCPA compliance that this business has received:

https://g.ezoic.net/privacy/thesurfatlas.com/annualRequestSummary

You can opt-out of all cookies and third-party cookies by changing settings on your browser.

DoubleClick cookies

Ad networks like Ezoic and Google’s AdSense make use of the DoubleClick cookie. It’s a cookie that tracks what content you viewed on a site and then pools it in a database in order to display related and more relevant ads in the future. As such, it’s often called a re-targeting cookie or a DART cookie. Information stored in a DoubleClick cookie includes IP address, but nothing personally identifiable.

You can read more about AdSense cookies and see what options you have to opt-out of them here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads You can opt-out of all cookies and third-party cookies by changing settings on your browser.