I am the Cofounder of Equipify, and I just want to thank everyone for the feedback on this thread so far. What the admin points out is correct, at the moment all agreements are between the two individuals. There are many rental agreement templates online (or check out the template your local surf shop uses), but I would certainly want to check a renters experience beforehand also. We hope that the social media tools on the site will help to do checks on other Equipify members, and we also hope to have some additional trust building tools integrated into the site soon. With our current format it is possible to create a listing as a guide, and you can also sell or lend any type of outdoor equipment.
Thanks again everyone for the feedback. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions - email@example.com I will also check this thread often.
As a person with a lot of sporting gear over the years, my experience with renting or lending out has not generally been positive. Stuff gets broken, lost, torn, dented - plenty of "ooops factor". I really want to be nice to folks entering a new sport, but i have been burned too many times in the past. Right now I maintain a "second line" of camping gear to lend out to folks - or I should say I did do that until someone "lost" the tent.
And I wouldn't lend/rent out a surfboard unless it was a a good friend and the board was a surftech...
It is a good hearted idea, but won't fly for me.
My two cents