It was a cold and sunny morning. Delaram Ariela and Pedram Ariel Rostami, sister and brother, stood on a beach in LA, the chill wind taunting them as they huddled over their cell phones. One sibling was short; the other, tall. One sibling was smart, and the other, even smarter but their extraordinary combined brain power couldn’t help them now. They’d packed up the ol’ automobile and headed to the coast to surf, ready to make a plan on the fly.
You may ask yourself, had they surfed before? Had they ridden the foam-crested peaks of the beautiful briny seas, catching some sick waves and hanging ten, dude? No. No they had not.Did they even know where to rent gear, you may wonder, these new-on-the-scene, wild-eyed wanderers?
Well, No, they didn’t. But isn’t that what the Internet is for? “This shouldn’t be that hard to find,” Dela said, googling with the fury of a beached starfish. She was a fearless adventurer, a true lover of nature, and by Poseidon, she wasn’t going to wipe out on the day’s fun before she even hopped on a surfboard. She gritted her teeth and searched on. Pedram, a man of few words, was silent, but he too sought answers, his fingers tapping out query after query like the restless tentacles of a giant squid.
45 maddening minutes later, the siblings had determined two things: first, that you should never try to make a jellyfish quesadilla, even if you didn’t have time to eat breakfast, and second, that they were going to create a website that would help people discover, explore, and share their favorite activities and local playgrounds. Not long afterward, Pedram had recovered from the jellyfish stings and along with Dela had created AWAYN, harnessing the power of community to inspire everyone to explore the outdoors, whether down the street or across the globe.