Stop the madness of single-use, oil-based packaging! Introducing a FAST, effective packaging system that is biodegradable and reusable.
Thank you for your interest in our Kickstarter design project. With your help, we can realize our vision to revolutionize the way surfboards are protected while in-transit. Whether shipping boards from manufacturers to retailers, retailers to consumers, or as surfers protect their fragile surfboards when traveling to surf destinations worldwide, with your support Bast Board Protection will become the new industry standard for fast, effective, sustainable surfboard packaging.
Just last month, on June 5, 2012, our Company, Surf Travel Solutions was formally recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for our new and innovative Bast Board Protection design with the issuance of Patent # 8191712. With our patent secure and others pending, this is the perfect time to ask for your support to stop the widespread practice of single-use petroleum-based packaging waste http://www.ehow.com/info_8101143_environmental-problems-polymers.html that is presently filling our landfills worldwide. With over 1 million surfboards produced annually, and a surf industry constituency that really does care about the environment, NOW is the time to bring a responsible, biodegradable and reusable alternative packaging solution to market.
Where's it made? The project is primarily executed in San Diego, CA. We have already developed and patented the initial design concept here, produced and tested prototypes in Escondido, CA, and collaborated with key segments of the surf industry in the broader Southern California region. The initial prototype tooling and manufacturing of the molded pulp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molded_pulp kits is expected to be done in China to take advantage of lowering our costs to 40% of what it would cost to get the tooling made domestically. As the business grows, the idea of producing this domestically is possible. We have a wave of support from the surf community that is ready and willing to use our product. We have completed extensive market research and received positive feedback from board manufacturers, retailers (surf shops), and traveling surfers that they want an alternative to the wasteful and time-consuming packaging methods in use today. All we need right now is your financial assistance to develop new tooling so that our designs can be produced out of a recyclable, reusable molded pulp material instead of petroleum-based plastic.
How's it made? The production of molded pulp tools/parts is subject to similar rules and guidelines associated with thermoforming plastics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoforming. Using our early plastic prototypes (depicted in our Kickstarter photos, video clips, and the link to our website) we will take advantage of our lessons learned to expedite development of new tooling for the molded pulp product, a Type-2 transfer mold process that will be completed within the first 3-4 weeks after reaching our funding goal. One week later, our first sample products will be manufactured in the new molded pulp material so that we can test and validate the new product for form, fit, and function. We expect to be able to provide initial shipments of our Bast Board Protection product to board manufacturers, retailers, and traveling surfers within 90 days. Altogether, the scope of the Kickstarter project to include new tooling development and Bast kits made of molded pulp is estimated to be delivered to board manufacturers, retailers, and traveling surfers on or before Jan.17, 2013.
All financial pledges raised through Kickstarter will be used for engineering design and collaboration with our tool developer, an initial limited production manufacturing run of 400-500 kits, and the travel and shipping costs required to get the product produced and delivered to our customers. Our primary goal is to produce the tooling and complete an initial production run on a single kit design. Any Kickstarter funds raised in excess of our funding goal will be used to create additional models of the nose, tail, and coupler pieces of the Bast Board Protection kits so that we can serve a broader range of board designs. We want to validate all processes and establish transactional truth within our markets before expending any additional resources; therefore our initial product design will target the largest, most popular surfboard model first (shortboards), then migrate to the fish/hybrid, longboard, and even Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) market as we grow our business and proliferate sustainable packaging across the surf industry. The Bast design can also be extended into the kiteboard, wakeboard, windsurf/sailboard, and other potential markets where full perimeter protection in an eco-friendly design is a priority.
You can see a demonstration of our initial prototype product in use by a traveling surfer, Founder and Inventor, Jared Koett at: http://bastboardprotection.com. As you can see, our innovative design makes sense because it speeds up the process of packaging surfboards, thus saving time for traveling surfers, and labor costs for board manufacturers and retailers. Please watch this video that demonstrates our product use in the overall process for surfboard packaging for manufacturers and retailers: http://youtu.be/yOI6XzIChnA. Multiple boards can be packaged and stacked in this fashion. From start to finish, a surfer can pack his board for air travel in less than 1-minute. Surfboard manufacturers and retailers can package a single board ready for shipping in less than 4-minutes. Don't believe us? Verify the time with this video: http://youtu.be/fJXHcuwV2f0. Not only is Bast fast and effective, the entire packaging and process is environmentally conscious. Bast is 100% biodegradable, the end caps and deck pads shown are made from recycled cardboard, and the stretch wrap is made from low density polyethylene, a very inexpensive Type-4 recyclable material. Migrating Bast from the plastic prototype to an eco-friendly molded pulp material is the final step required to offer manufacturers, retailers, and traveling surfers an alternative to single-use petroleum-based packaging.
We need your help to develop the first environmentally friendly, reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and sustainable surfboard packaging solution; Bast Board Protection.
Surf Travel Solutions and Mother Earth thank you for your pledge!
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Jul 16, 2012 - Aug 15, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive our sincerest thanks and a unique Bast Board Protection brand sticker. The Bast logo refers to the Egyptian goddess of the rising sun, much admired for her warm and playful nature and fierce protectiveness. The Bast logo aligns with many depictions of the Egyptian goddess as represented by a shapely woman. In the application for Surf Travel Solutions, Bast is shown to be protecting a surfboard as she protected her father, the powerful Sun God Ra, during his ride through the sky. In addition, Bast was associated with all things sensual and pleasurable including music, dance, and any graceful movement. Thus the connection to surfing that is well-known to be one of the most graceful and pleasurable activities.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $35 or more
You will receive our Bast sticker and we’ll also hook you up with some authentic swag to include an eco-friendly Bast t-shirt made from super soft, organically grown sustainable cotton material. Thanks for a being a core contributor and partner in bringing this sustainable packaging solution to fruition.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $55 or more
You will receive all the above and an additional personalized “Certificate of Recognition,” identifying you as a key supporter of “Green” initiatives that help protect our Planet and move toward more sustainable eco-friendly packaging practices. The certificate will be suitable for proud display either at home or the office, personalized with your name, and signed by Surf Travel Solutions founders, Jared Koett and Bill Wilson.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $125 or more
You're awesome and should be rewarded kindly! You will receive all the above items (sticker, t-shirt, certificate) along with a handwritten thank you letter AND a "first of its kind," molded pulp Bast Board Protection kit!! Treat yourself or gift a traveling surfer friend! Shipping costs included in the continental U.S. except Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, as well as international shipments, where additional costs apply.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $250 or more
Thank you SO much! For this reward we want to send you all of the above items (sticker, t-shirt, certificate, molded pulp kit, handwritten thank you letter), and in appreciation for your generosity and support we’ll add a printed dedication to you on the packaging of ALL Bast Board Protection kits produced and distributed during this Kickstarter campaign.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $500 or more
Now we're talking! Thank you for your generous pledge. We want to reward you with all of the above items (sticker, certificate, t-shirt, handwritten thank you letter, printed dedication, and molded pulp Bast Board Protection kit) but also provide you a unique keepsake perspective of the product's development lifecycle – and YOUR PART in making this sustainable packaging possible. Presented in a picture timeline, we will walk you down memory lane starting back in 2007 through to the present day. All phases of development are depicted, including initial prototypes and multiple design iterations that accompany the evolution of an idea. The pictures and timeline tell the story of the journey this product has taken from initial concept to a sustainable product in use by board manufacturers, retailers, and traveling surfers. It's my pleasure to share it with you as an inspiration for the inventor in your life.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
We want to thank you in person by giving you all of the above, plus a surf session/bonfire and meal together with the founders of Surf Travel Solutions. We'll choose a great location on the San Diego coast to hang out together and ride some waves. We’ll provide personal surf lessons if you aren’t already a surfer or we can just hang together and enjoy a great day at the beach and the warmth of a bonfire with music and drinks together into the evening.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $2,500 or more
Let's go on an adventure together! We want to reward you with all of the above, plus a San Diego Surf Adventure: A day long boat trip for 2 to explore the San Diego coastline in search of waves and fish. This reward also includes all food and drink provisions for the day, and of course 2,500 thank you's. If you aren’t a surfer yourself, we’ll still host you for a nice boat trip together along the San Diego coast to express our most sincere thanks and deepest gratitude; or you can name two of your favorite friends or family members that will be the lucky ones to take advantage of the surf adventure.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
A pledge such as this deserves an unforgettable experience. So we want to reward you with all of the above, and also add an additional San Diego Surf Adventure session with full photo coverage of your boat trip and surf sessions: A day long boat trip for 2 with full photo coverage from a professional photographer. We'll include all food and drink provisions and you’ll leave with a CD of all of the memories and surf footage of you surfing throughout the day. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I only wrote "thank you" 3 times but we mean it much more!! Again, if you aren’t a surfer yourself, we’ll still host you for a nice boat trip together along the San Diego coast to express our most sincere thanks and deepest gratitude; or you can name two of your favorite friends or family members to be the lucky ones to take advantage of the surf adventure and photo session.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013