Who we are
Our website address is: http://www.thesurfatlas.com.
We aim to offer up-to-date and easy-to-access information about surf towns, surf destinations, and surf breaks all around the globe.
Our blogs and pages may contain links to recommendations for hotels, trips, bars/eateries, products and any number of other related surf activities. All said recommendations are all sourced from people who’ve travelled to or researched the destinations we write about
We may make a commission on such products and services when purchased through our links, either paid on a per lead (per click) basis, or in the event of a sale (per conversion).
We take no responsibility for any loss, liabilities, or any other damages arising from our recommendations.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
We strive to run this site while collecting the minimum required amount of personal data. That means we’ll only collect your info for analytical purposes (to monitor the success of the site), to ensure the site works smoothly and correctly (see necessary cookies and functionality cookies), and to offer third-party adverts in our travel affiliate network, all of which are related to genuine recommendations as outlined in the disclaimer section above.
When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Like most sites on the internet today, we use a variety of cookies. These can be broken into four categories: (1) STRICTLY NECESSARY COOKIES, (2) PERFORMANCE COOKIES, (3) FUNCTIONALITY COOKIES, and (4) TARGETING/ADVERTISING COOKIES.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These are the entirely essential cookies. Without these our website wouldn’t work. They aid the functionality and operation of the whole site and its core services.
These cookies monitor what pages of our website our users visit and if there are any errors returned across the site. They are anonymous cookies, so there’s no way for us to identify a user from these. They help us maintain a working content system that runs smoothly.
These allow our site to retain valuable information that can make our site run more efficiently for you. That includes data about things such as your chosen language, the region you’re browsing from, and your username (although we don’t allow registrations on this site). Functionality cookies also help our site remember preferences you have set yourself, such as cosmetic looks, colour schemes, font size, and more. These cookies are specific to our site.
These cookies are typically set by ad agencies to help target specific content to you. They often use information about your browsing history and trends to deliver relevant ads and campaigns. They also ensure you don’t see the same ads too many times.
We might use Google Ads from the Google AdSense network throughout our articles. These are set to “context only” in the Adsense module. That means that you’ll only be shown ads based on what’s on the page you’re reading, not to do with personal data of yours.
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If you only want to limit third party advertising cookies, you can turn such cookies off by visiting the following links: Your Online Choices (http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/), Network Advertising Initiative (http://www.networkadvertising.org/), and the Digital Advertising Alliance (http://www.aboutads.info/consumers).
The specific cookies we use on this site
Our cookie declaration:
Affiliate partners, your privacy, and cookies
We use affiliate links and other affiliate products across this site. These represent our partnership with a third-party organisation or company that we feel will increase your user experience of our service. They can come in many forms: Ads, booking forms, links, banners, and text are some of the most common.
Information on the individual affiliate partners we use can be found below:
We use Booking.com affiliate links throughout this website to increase usability. They are linked to the global hotel and accommodation provider Booking.com. We use these to add recommendations for places to stay in the destinations we write about. We receive a commission for any bookings that are made through these placements.
You might come across our Booking.com affiliate products in the form of: (a) Embedded text links, (b) Picture banners, (c) ‘book now’ buttons, (d) review score banners, (e) hotel maps with search features, (f) accommodation search boxes.
Clicking or using any of the above will take you through to a page on Booking.com that has the recommended hotel or destination already inputted. That’s so you can easily find and book the hotel we’ve mentioned. The data passed on during that process is just the particular hotel that’s contained in the link, along with any predetermined dates and guest details that are added to the affiliate product.
Some of Booking.com’s affiliate products (search boxes and maps in particular) will ask you to input data. That’s transmitted directly to the Booking.com engine as governed by the Booking.com privacy policies.
Cookies are set to enable 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. Information relayed to us in the event that you do book 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. All said data is handled by Booking.com, and never stored on our databases.
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.
You might come across our GetYourGuide products in the form of: (a) Visual adverts, (b) text links, (c) search boxes.
In the event you enter details about your trip into search boxes and other input fields on our GetYourGuide products, those details will be shared with GetYourGuide in order to offer the services requested. This might involve data in cookies or in the form of user IDs. More information can be found on the GetYourGuide Partnership Agreement.
Cookies are set to enable GetYourGuide 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.
Extra information about cookies
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. This can be done easily through WordPress’s in-built delete user data feature.
Our plan in the event of a data breach
In the event of a data breach of any kind becoming known to us, we would immediately delete all personal data from our records. As handlers of data passed to affiliate partners through cookies and links embedded in this site, we would endeavour to contact all partners to notify them of any breach so that they could take appropriate follow-up steps.
Where we send your data