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Surf degree student rides the wave of a new technology

Published: February 5, 2018

An enterprising former surf degree student from Newquay has been making waves by forming his own tech-focused company.

Tyler Worth, who studied the Surf Science & Technology Foundation Degree at Cornwall College Newquay, has formed Stream Freedom Ltd, a pioneering mobile broadcasting company specialising in live-streaming events.

During his degree, Tyler developed Stream Freedom based on a growing involvement with the UK Pro Surf Association. Following his graduation, he was then recruited as the Social Media Event Specialist for the UK Pro Surf Tour, streaming all the live surfing action from the tour to a large social media audience.

Tyler explained: “Since its inception a year ago, Stream Freedom Ltd. has gained a huge digital audience for the UK Pro Surf Association. This was most notable at last year’s Surf Snowdonia Pro Surf Challenge, which achieved a colossal social media reach of over 601,000 people tuning in to watch the surfers compete in the artificial wave pool.”

Tyler continued: “We also achieved the impossible by successfully broadcasting from even the most remote stops on the UK Pro Surf Tour, for its Scottish Highlands leg of the circuit, the Thurso Surf Festival. In addition we have just hit the great milestone of an entire year designing the event posters and production material for the UK Pro Surf Tour as part of our partnership with the UKPSA.”

Tyler’s expertise and drive attracted the interest, investment and mentorship from another previous Surf Science degree student John Cusick. John, who since studying in Newquay has set up multiple successful businesses in the digital marketing industry as an entrepreneur, was impressed by Tyler’s potential.

John explained that “it was 50% on the business plan and 50% in Tyler” when he invested in Stream Freedom.

“His ability to learn and implement is immense. When I was at Cornwall College, we launched the SEED surf conference, Tyler’s was the first ticket we sold before he was a student. When it became his year’s turn to take on The English National Surfing Championships, he absorbed every single piece of knowledge I could throw at him to help the event make an impact on the digital media side. That year the event broke my previous record for reach. Stream Freedom is an exciting chance to ride the wave of a new technology and make a massive impact to sports and the business I care about, it was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

In addition to working on successful projects with Kernow DAT, Digital Plymouth & The Future Sync Conference, Tyler has grand plans for the future of the business. Up-coming plans in its second year include developing the Pro Surf Tour live-production to include live scoring, interviews and a more dynamic viewer-experience. Stream Freedom will also be diversifying its client base even further to include all types of conferences, seminars, music events and even live-streaming from weddings and other social occasions.

Surf Science Lecturer Brender Willmott from Cornwall College Newquay said: “Tyler has realised some long term personal ambitions as a result of being on the FdSc Surf Science and Technology course and the opportunities that rose to network and gain experience. He made the very best of those opportunities to gain knowledge and experience and to set himself up to run his own business. It’s testament to his engagement and determination to succeed in his chosen field.”

Check out Stream Freedom online HERE

For more information on the range of Zoology, Surf and Marine courses available at Cornwall College Newquay visit www.cornwall.ac.uk/newquay or call 0330 123 2523.

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