ONE SKATEBOARD to get any aspiring board-rider safely started and see them through the next 10 years - Mum and Dad can ride it too!
REGULAR WITH BRAKE: For beginners.
REGULAR: For riders with basic to advanced skills.
WIDE: For riders with basic to advanced skills who like a wider board.
With surfing and skating becoming Olympic sports for the first time in 2020, chances are some time soon that your child will try to ride a skateboard - better that they learn safely on a Switch.
1. START WITH THE LEASH BRAKE: The switch is a board that beginners can just step on and ride without having it roll out from underneath them. Build confidence and familiarity, keep rolling and turning while controlling speed with the leash. The leash also helps beginners to balance.
2. SWITCH TO CRUISER MODE: Pushing a skateboard is often a difficult step for beginners to learn. Cruiser mode makes the skateboard more stable to learn pushing skills.
3. SWITCH TO SURF TRAINING MODE: Now you are ready to take on carving and build skills that are easily adapted to surfing and snowboarding.
THE INTUITIVE LEASH BRAKE
Ever stood on a train and held the handle above you to help balance? Even one finger helps. Well the skateboard leash does the same plus more. The leash simultaneously braces the rider as they pull on the brake. We discovered this gem of an idea during testing many years ago, then perfected it with our leash brake longboard. The Switch brings this same braking technology to a shorter narrower surf trainer.
WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR
Please make sure you have protective gear and a helmet, particularly for beginners. Available at most variety and sports retailers. You will notice in our campaign video that even expert riders use knee pads and skate shoes when practicing; having learned to fall by skidding on their knees pads whenever they need to bail out of a manoeuvre in the bowl.
This is where you, our backers can get involved and help shape this project. We have skilled graphic designers who have already started designing a selection of deck artwork, but we are just a couple of old sea dogs in our fifties, so not necessarily up with the latest trends in skateboard styling. If you have a skateboard deck design or colour scheme you really love, email us an image (firstname.lastname@example.org) to add to our scrapbook for inspiration.
In the weeks after this campaign ends, we plan to collate a diverse collection of original deck artwork inspired by your suggestions. You will then have an opportunity to vote on the deck designs you prefer and finally select the design of your board(s).
View high resolution deck images [ HERE ]
The Switch front truck is the first surf training caster truck to feature a reverse kingpin hanger with zero rake offset. This creates a noticeably linear turning response when carving allowing riders to more accurately pick and hold a line.
DESIGNED FOR SURF TRAINING
Being able to propel yourself forward by carving a surf trainer is lots of fun, but wiggling is a bad habit formed when riding many other surf-trainers. The Switch front truck geometry finds that sweet spot, requiring riders to drive off their back foot - just like a bottom turn surfing - while at the same time preventing riders from wiggling. By learning to carve properly on a Switch, evolving to surfing and snowboarding will come easily and naturally.
All components have undergone Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure adequate strength and heat dissipation (with respect to the brakes). This analysis was confirmed with rigorous physical testing. When used as intended the Switch can handle rider weights up to 130kg. For jumping and grinding the maximum rider weight is 90kg.
WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS?
The Switch was designed to use standard skateboard components (bushings, wheels, bearings etc) which are readily available at any skateboard shop or online.
The Switch project started life back in early 2017 with the development of a compact leash activated brake. It then continued with the design of a caster truck comprised of individual castings with minimal cores and post machining steps to keep production costs low. This design constraint took quite a while to solve. It wasn't until January this year that we received our first CNC'd caster truck prototype for testing. Several iteration of the design followed. Its now fully resolved and ready for production.
Assuming our campaign is successfully funded, tooling takes around 60 days, assembly another 30 days, and finally sea freight and delivery is around another 30 days.
Streetboardz ships via 3PL centres across the globe. The shipping rates we offer are competitive for a large skateboard box however these rates don’t include import taxes.
In Europe we ship from the UK so customers in countries like Switzerland may be charged import taxes.
For Americas we ship from California so customers in Brazil may be required to pay import taxes. In Asia we ship from China.
For New Zealand and South Africa we will ship from Australia so we apologise for the slightly higher shipping cost.
The Switch board's Kickstarter price is inexpensive so even with shipping and taxes customers still get a great deal.
Streetboardz is a small independent board-riding development company. For us launching a brand new product into the market is a big deal. We spent the last three years researching and developing our leash activated breaking system (check out Boarder Kontrol) and combined it with our new reverse kingpin caster truck to create the Switch - arguably the best surf trainer available today.
Please help us make the Switch a reality and take the chance to develop life-long board riding skills.
Risks and challenges
We have been manufacturing and distributing skateboards for 10 years. When you have an existing product range that part is relatively easy.
Manufacturing a brand new innovative product is where it gets gets tricky! We've been innovating for the past three years and over that time we have learned a lot.
Many crowd funded innovations generally get designed first then their creators scurry off to find a manufacturer. No one wants to pay more and wait longer for an ill conceived project.
Experience has taught us to start at the other end. First we learned about our manufacturing partners and the constraints of their in-house capabilities, then we created our designs to fit in with their processes.
In this way we evolved our design so it can be delivered on time and be cost effective. That way all parties benefit; our manufacturer, our agent, us and of course you, our backers.
After 10 years, we have well established manufacturing relationships to implement this strategy.
We expect this project to run smoothly but in the event of any unforeseen obstacles, our experience and record of persistence should make you confident in our ability to complete this project.
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PROCESS
All the Switch parts were 3D printed full-size and assembled on decks to confirm clearances and refine the aesthetics. We deliberately chose off-the-shelf skateboard hardware, including: pivot cups, bushings, kingpins, axles and wheels to simplify our production by sourcing everything from our existing manufacturing partners.
The deck mould is already complete, so its only five cast parts that require tooling, and each of these cast parts has been refined to simplify the manufacturing process by eliminating post machining steps.
The five cast part moulds have already been meticulously designed with appropriate parting lines and draft angles for part release using the in-house skateboard production processes of our existing manufacturing partner. We used the positives from these mould designs to CNC and test these components in our functional prototypes.
The functional prototypes were ridden and tested by a cross section of end users from complete beginners to advanced riders. Their feedback led to adjustments in truck geometry, the designs were updated and new component parts CNC'd (milled) and tested again to confirm the improvements. This was done until we were satisfied with our design, and we are really happy with it now.
With all this preparation we are confident we can deliver the Switch Surf Trainer on time and on budget, and despite the Switch’s competitive price point we have an appropriate contingency built-in.
What we can't predict are the 'unknown unknowns'; the problems we can't foresee because we have never encountered them before but with an experienced team, we believe unknowns are less likely.
Our manufacturing partner is one of the largest global manufacturers of skateboards in the world and is used by many other well known brands. We have an experienced agent on the ground who liaisons directly with our factory and logistics partners. We have existing 3PL arrangements in Europe, North America and Australia. So we have a pretty good idea of what lies ahead of us and we're well equipped to deal with whatever comes our way.
That said, there are common obstacles that do come up, these may include:
- Design changes or minor adjustments to improve the final product causing a delay. While we feel these are unlikely they may still occur.
- Manufacturing, component, and material shortages from outside suppliers. Again because we are sourcing components in-house this is unlikely, but raw materials are outsourced, so its always a possibility.
- Shipments that are lost or damaged. We use reputable freight forwarders, 3PL centres and couriers to help mitigate this risk and this has never occurred in 10 years.
- Customs delays. All we can do here is make sure fees and tariffs are paid promptly and that the appropriate paper work is filled in correctly, this normally runs smoothly.
- Delivery delays due to weather, strikes, inaccurate address information, doorstep package theft, etc.
As always, we will be open and transparent by providing regular updates to all our backers to let you know exactly what's going on every step of the way.
Help us make the Switch Surf Trainer a reality by clicking the "Back This Project" button at the top of the page. Any pledge you make brings us one step closer to delivering an exceptional product.
Also, please help spread the word by sharing our Kickstarter page and linking over to our Facebook page and streetboardz.net web page. Any social networking you can provide will help us to reach our goal.
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