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System for quickly removing and installing your fins on kiteboards and wakeboards. Fits most board brands. Toss your screwdriver! Read more

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System for quickly removing and installing your fins on kiteboards and wakeboards. Fits most board brands. Toss your screwdriver!

Wade Hammerstrom
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About this project

What is Quikfin?

It's a simple patent pending system that allows you as a rider to quickly remove your fins on your kiteboard or wakeboard without any tools. Replace your existing fin screws with our pins, adjust to fit your board and snap it on. The Quikfin will be made with glass filled nylon so it is durable and it will be stiff enough to pull the fins tight to the board. The pins will be machined stainless steel and come with either an M6 or 1/4-20 thread pattern.


Remove stock fin screws
Remove stock fin screws
Insert and adjust Quikfin pins
Insert and adjust Quikfin pins
Snap it down. Done!
Snap it down. Done!

What others are saying

We've been in touch with some of the biggest best names in the industry and have had excellent response and feedback. With the explosion of cable parks worldwide we see a viable market for the Quikfin system.

Our aim is to have this into full production for the 2014 season.We will make sure you Kickstarters are happy and taken care of first and foremost!

Now is your chance to be first in line right out of the gate and help us get it off the ground! We really appreciate your help and look forward to providing a cool new product.

Prototyping

Over the past couple of years we've tried many different iterations and ideas but in the end this final simple design was the ticket. It has the lowest profile and easily slides onto the pins. You can see where the pin heights need to be set and when it snaps into place it is solid and not going anywhere. There are no sharp edges to catch and to remove and install takes only about 10 seconds!

Take a look at a few of our original prototypes. In total we've designed and built at least 15 different versions and variations of each!

Didn't hold the fin tight enough. Too tall.
Didn't hold the fin tight enough. Too tall.
Snapped down fine but was too easy to come off. Profile not sleek enough.
Snapped down fine but was too easy to come off. Profile not sleek enough.
Worked ok but didn't snap tight enough.
Worked ok but didn't snap tight enough.
Worked ok but was too tall and too complicated.
Worked ok but was too tall and too complicated.
Worked ok but had a tendency to "unsnap" when riding. Too many sharp edges.
Worked ok but had a tendency to "unsnap" when riding. Too many sharp edges.
Finally on to something! Worked as expected but need some structural support and a profile that looked better on a board.
Finally on to something! Worked as expected but need some structural support and a profile that looked better on a board.
Ready for production! Best performance and best profile. Looks natural on the board and works amazingly!
Ready for production! Best performance and best profile. Looks natural on the board and works amazingly!

We were not happy until it had a good solid lever action that pulled the fins snug to the board. It also had to snap into place and not be able to come off without effort and lose the fin. The design then had to be as low as possible and with no sharp edges.

Colors

The colors we are offering are a choice of red, blue, green, yellow, pink and orange or any combination of these colors for the levers and the bases.

Some example color combinations
Some example color combinations
Let's not forget black!
Let's not forget black!

With fins option

For those of you who don't have the 1/4-20 or the M6 thread pattern, or maybe you want a new set, we have a package of four Slingshot 2.0 G10 fiberglas fins that will come with the 1/4-20 Quikfin pins.

G10 Fiberglas 2.0 fins
G10 Fiberglas 2.0 fins

Who we are

Wade Hammerstrom is a Design Engineer for an electric utility. In his spare time he is an entrepreneur, inventor, electrician and self taught web designer/ programmer. He is also an avid kiteboarder who hated having to use a screwdriver to remove his fins.

Lorin Erickson is a successful entrepreneur and is familiar with what it takes to start a company and successfully grow it and keep the customer happy. He is also an avid kiteboarder and wakeboarder.

What the funds are for

First of all we need to get a mold built and that takes a pretty healthy investment. We want quality material and quality suppliers and vendors ,but with a large enough order that we get the best value for us and you. We will find the right marketing and packaging strategy to fit the quality and image we are trying to present.

We believe in this, are passionate about it and will stand by it. 

Production and Fulfillment

Step one is to have the injection molds built for the plastic injection process, one for the Quikfin body and one for the Quikfin lever. The molds are a CNC machined part and is one of the most important parts of the production process. This will take approximately four to six weeks, allowing for some extra final "tuning" to make sure the production model looks and operates to our specifications. Along with the mold we will be approving the manufactured stainless steel pins that replace the factory screws.

Once we have approved the mold and the pins, the next step will be the production of the Quikfin. Once we have approved the mold and we are sure the parts assemble correctly, operate correctly and the quality is correct the production is expected to take another 4 weeks to complete. Delivery of the products to us is expected to take up to two weeks.

While the mold is being built we will also be creating the packaging for the product which is to be a cardboard header with a packaging bag. The same company that is producing the parts will be assembling and packaging them for us so when we receive the final product from them it will be complete.

All total we have allowed ourselves 12 weeks for us to receive the full shipment. Our sources are reliable and we have experience working with them. We know their work is quality and their service is excellent. We hope to have everything completed before then but have allowed some time for incidentals that can happen in the creation process. Our target is to start shipping your Quikfin to you at the beginning of May to be ready for the new season!

Risks and challenges

We understand that with any new product there can be challenges. We expect there to be samples after the molds are built that we will need to verify and correct. Fortunately the Quikfin is a relatively simple product and our suppliers are familiar with our expectations so the specification process should be minimized. We feel we have allowed ourselves enough of a buffer for any issues that may arise and will do our best to overcome it if it happens. We will keep you posted on the process as it moves along regardless. Thanks for your support!

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FAQ

  • The pins are set by hand for the correct depth to depth when you first mount the Quikfin on the board so there is a wide margin on the pins to allow varying board thicknesses. They are rarely tightened the full depth in the fin and there needs to be a minimum of 3 threads binding in the fin to assure a solid connection.

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Rewards

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    $10 reward

    0 backers

    You will get a cool Quikfin sticker and the satisfaction of helping us get this thing off the ground.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $25 reward

    5 backers Limited (245 left of 250)

    Get a limited edition Quikfin t-shirt and your name listed on the website!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $45 reward

    1 backer Limited (499 left of 500)

    Help get us off and running! Get a full QUIKFIN kit with four quick attach units and eight metric M6 pins.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $45 reward

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    Full QUIKFIN kit with four quick attach units and eight standard 1/4-20 thread pattern pins.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $65 reward

    6 backers Limited (494 left of 500)

    Full QUIKFIN kit with four quick attach units and eight standard 1/4-20 thread pattern pins plus a t-shirt.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $65 reward

    1 backer Limited (499 left of 500)

    Full QUIKFIN kit with four quick attach units and eight standard M6 thread pattern pins plus a t-shirt.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $95 reward

    0 backers

    If your board has a thread pattern other than the 1/4-20 or M6, or you just need a set of new fins, we offer a set of four new Slingshot G10 fiberglass 2.0 fins with a 1/4-20 thread.

    (four quick attach units, eight standard 1/4-20 thread pattern pins and four new 2.0 fins)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $115 reward

    1 backer Limited (99 left of 100)

    Full QUIKFIN kit with four quick attach units and eight standard 1/4-20 thread pattern and four slingshot 1.25 or 2.0 fins- your choice.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)