Watersports – 5 + 1 reasons you should try them this summer
Watersports – 5 + 1 Reasons You Should Try Them This Summer

Have you always wanted to try a watersport but wasn’t sure about it? Well, this is definitely the season to do so! And with so many options available at the beautiful coastlines of Cyprus, there’s definitely something for everyone, whether you are an adrenaline junkie, or a peace-seeker type of person. With this in mind we came up with our top 5 + 1 reasons to give watersports a go this summer.

1. Loads of fun

Most importantly, the number one reason to try a watersport is that it is loads of fun. Whether you opt for a jet ski or want to take your buddies and go on a pedal boat with slides, there’s nothing quite like getting out there and letting off a bit of stream while trying something new.

Who doesn’t like the feeling of trying a new fun activity for the first time and/or learning a new skill? Plus other lovers of watersports are usually great fun and have a huge amount of energy so it is almost guaranteed that you’ll have a lot of laughs too.

2. Great exercise

Why would you spend a lunch break in a hot, sweaty gym, especially during these summer months, while listening to the same club music on repeat every day?  Instead, you can get out there and really burn some calories while toning up. Depending on which watersport you choose, you’ll be working your core muscles (abs anyone?) more than any traditional exercise does, and this can have an impressive result on your fitness levels and your physique.


For example, according to Men’s Fitness, stand up paddleboarding is a great full body exercise. Relying on your core muscles for balance, just 30 minutes it gives you an all-over cardio workout and can be equivalent to running ten kilometers. I don’t know about you, but I would trade running for anything!

3. Sound mind, Sound body

It is now common knowledge that stress has a significant effect not only on our minds but our bodies as well. But in this fast paced, and technology-dependent advanced modern world, what can we do about this?


With work related anxiety rising to unprecedented levels, and work induced burnout now being recognized as an official condition, spending time in the sea can be a great way to ease your mind and enjoy an activity far away from the stress of the workplace. Trust me, it works!

4. Many places to choose from in different cities

In Cyprus, we are surrounded by sea. This means regardless of which city you may be living, there’s no doubt that there will be a watersports place nearby. Wait.. Did I say “a” watersports place? Cross that out. Each city offers several spots to choose from. And each place offers a variety of activities as well as a unique view of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. You’ll never get bored, believe me!

5. Sense of freedom

This is something that you have to experience to understand. Watersports can give you a total sense of freedom. Whatever type of activity you choose, you’re in control to have as much fun as you can. Plus the feeling of conquering wave after wave, gives you an amazing feeling of accomplishment. Besides that, you can transfer your new skills to pretty much any other beach in the world. Surfing in Hawaii? Water skiing in Spain? This sounds like a pretty interesting challenge don’t you think?

6. Easier to book than ever

Cyprus24 is partnering with Enaerios Water Sports to offer you a range of exciting watersports to try at the crystal clear waters of Limassol. What’s more amazing is that you can book any activity you may be interested to try through our mobile application. Just send a request through our app and take advantage of the exclusive 10% offer we have for Summer 2019!

Watersports – 5 + 1 reasons you should try them this summer

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Top 3 Most Stunning Spots to Go Kayaking in Cyprus

Trying Kayaking for the first time can be scary, but also addictive. If you are one of those risky people who love adventure and trying new things, Kayaking will be your new thing for the following three summer months. In this article, we present you three of the most adventurous coastal spots to go Kayaking with your friends and go crazy! Don’t forget to take your camera with you since you will want to take loads of photos and videos.

Tamasos dam & Canyon

Where? Kampia village, Nicosia district

Just 20 minutes outside from Nicosia, the Tamasos dam is the perfect spot for a Kayaking session. Since it is located in the countryside of Nicosia, you can also enjoy an afternoon at Riverland’s Bio Farm and try some of the activities there such as climbing, pony riding, animal feeding, milking etc.

Peyia Coastline, Paphos District

Where? Peyia area, Paphos

One of the rockiest west coast of the island which this means unlimited exploring, hidden sites that are located close to the coastline, sea caves exploration, shipwrecks and collapsed caverns underground beaches. Zephyros Adventure Sports experts will promise a half day full of adventure and lots of fun.

St. Raphael Marina, Limassol District

Where? St Raphael Marina, Pyrgos, Limassol

Limassol is the perfect city for entertainment, and there’s no place better for a drink than the city’s bars and cafes. Also the area’s calm waters are perfect for Kayaking with the help of Crest Watersport Centre experts who can guide you whether you’re a beginner or an advanced kayaker.

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Startup Stories - Pollfish
Startup Stories: Pollfish

Pollfish – Survey millions.

What is Pollfish?

Pollfish is a hybrid-service survey platform that merges methodology and technology to provide an innovative solution for conducting market research and collecting the most accurate insights. Moreover, it provides access to millions of targeted smartphone devices around the world, for you to survey.

VC backed and trusted by clients such as Bustle, BBDO, and Publicis Group, Pollfish is disrupting the legacy survey research space by providing superior quality insights, delivered faster, and at a lower cost than traditional market research providers.

Why Pollfish?

The world has millions of mobile users on the go, constantly engaging on their smartphones. These users have important opinions, knowledge, and feedback. This actionable intelligence and insights are necessary for you or your customer’s business, but how do you reach them? How do you get to the elusive mobile user? Pollfish is a new amazing way to get the feedback you and your customer need from the ocean of mobile users.

How does it work?

It’s easy. Just set up a survey and publish. Your survey will then appear within their network of partner applications in a unique and optimized way. Minimally intrusive, easy, and made for mobile. Users tap and respond. You get the answers. But what makes Pollfish truly amazing is that they bring the audience. Specifically, Pollfish distributes to millions of users on their partner applications. Ask those you really want. In addition, you can target down to the micro level: Location, device used, mobile provider. Get results quick as a flash.

Real Consumers

Pollfish gives you real consumer insights that come from more than 550 million real consumers. With the broadest distribution and narrow targeting, they find the right audience for any survey.

App Partners

Pollfish partners with app publishers to deliver surveys to respondents while they are engaged in their organic environment: mobile apps.

Solutions for:

Advertising

Form data-backed campaigns, test creative concepts, or craft a custom consumer report before a pitch. Pollfish’s data helps advertising agencies win new business and gives them insights to keep their existing clients happy.

Branding

Whether you’re B2B, B2C, DTC, or CPG—your brand is speaking volumes. Do you know what it’s saying to consumers? Pollfish’s data helps brands measure their positioning efforts and find opportunities to stay popular and profitable with their audiences.

Market Research

Imagine getting high-quality data with delivered randomly, organically, and getting results near instantaneously with narrow audience targeting capability. Pollfish’s market research solutions are perfect for any size research project.

Content

Everyone knows that efficient, effective content starts by knowing your target audience. Use Pollfish’s data to learn which topics resonate with your core consumers, which types of content they prefer to consume, and where and how they discover it.

Products

You have an idea of what your end-user wants, but getting them there is another story. Pollfish’s surveys put you in touch with the right audience and give you the data to validate and iterate every step of a customer-focused product.

Pricing

Pollfish won’t break the bank. You’ll be amazed. Get the answers you really need. From simple to complex, Create surveys with branching, filters, and shuffling to your heart’s content. Up and running in minutes.

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Startup Stories: Wargaming.net

Wargaming is beyond a doubt the largest company in Cyprus which is currently paying the most tax. The company was founded in 1998 and now employs over 4,000 professionals, let’s take a look from a startup perspective at how the company grew to such a gigantic status…

The award winning publisher and online game developer is a leader in the free-to-play MMO market across PC, console and mobile. Founder Victor Kislyi has a net worth of $1 billion and the gaming tycoon has recently invested into building a Wargaming headquarters in Nicosia which aims to be the largest building in Cyprus. However with some local Limassol developments the height of the buildings could face some competition.

Wargaming.net Game Catalog
How they Blew Up

The flagship title “World of Tanks generated on average $7.50 per player in the United States earned from micro-transactions.

Worldwide the company now has almost 60 million registered users across 200 countries which has generated an average of 3.5 million purchased items by 2015.

Monetizing Games:
  • Premium account (subscription): Earn additional 50% XP and credits from battles.
  • XP to free XP conversion: XP cannot be bought, but XP earned with a single tank can be converted to free XP with real money and thus used to speed up progress on other tech trees, even skipping entire tanks.
  • Premium tanks: Tanks that can be purchased with real money and give extra credits from battles (up to tier 8 only).
  • Credit conversion: Credits can be bought with real money.
  • Consumables: Some consumable items can be bought with real money. They can all also be bought with in-game credits.
  • Crew training: Tank crews can be trained faster with real money.
  • Garage slots: The amount of garage space in the game is limited, more space can be bought with real money.
  • Crew renaming: Tank crews can be renamed with real money.
  • Camouflage patterns: Tanks can be given permanent camouflage patterns with real money (mostly just a visual, slight in-game effect on spotting; temporary camouflage can be bought with credits)

According to Kilkku.com 2015

Games Delivered

Let’s take a look at how they expanded the gaming services offered to the public, it can easily be seen from a startup perspective, Wargaming.net looked to first enter the market with a set turn-based strategy gaming option. Although from a startup perspective, something beautiful happened. They started to understand the market demand, and in turn modified their games. Following that, the revenue generated soared and through 2014-2016 the company dished out new innovative games which leaned more to multiplayer action but still maintaining echoes’ of the backbone service delivery, turn-based strategy. And then boasting a console presence in 2019 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Which in the eyes of Startup Ark, looks to be a ground shaking move by the once indie game developer.

Recent Expansion

Warganming.net is now looking to acquire gaming studios and in turn utilize the skill sets from those staff. In November 2018 the company acquired Edge Case Games Ltd. A studio comprised of 32 people based in Guildford in the UK which will work together on a new unannounced MMO project.

The studio, comprised of 32 people, will become part of the recently opened Wargaming UK office also based in Guildford and will work together on an unannounced MMO project.

“We are very excited to become part of the world-renowned Wargaming, creating an expanding studio in Guildford,” states James Brooksby, CEO of Edge Case Games. “We have built a great team with lots of relevant experience, who can’t wait to get their teeth into starting work on a big new ambitious game backed by the might of Wargaming.”

Wargaming.net has strengthened its business cabinet through the acquisition,  this very much reflects the other moves earlier on when acquiring BigWorld in Sydney, Australia; acquired in August 2012 – Lesta Studio in Saint-Petersburg, Russia; acquired in 2011 and Persha Studia in Kiev, Ukraine; acquired in 2011.

By acquiring Edge Case Games, Wargaming has strengthened its position in the UK too. The business model now – with their colossal growth – looks to also hire the best of the best through a rigorous talent search, aimed to employ within their office expansions, while in turn offering new products and acquiring development studios. A command and conquer business move from the once-startup company.

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