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The world's first retracting hand paddles for surf, SUP, boogie & prone paddle-boarding. Power up your session. Max out on fun.
The world's first retracting hand paddles for surf, SUP, boogie & prone paddle-boarding. Power up your session. Max out on fun.
135 backers pledged £10,520 to help bring this project to life.

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Prototype Gallery

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Having fun on the water is what this is all about. Our inventor Alex has been into watersports his whole life. Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Surfing have all provided great days out, bragging rights and fun with friends. Being based in Scotland though, there are days – and lots of them – when the conditions are poor, cold, no waves, chop and chills. It was on such a day when Alex was out surfing that he thought "there has to be a better way of doing this. If I had more propulsion I could do so much more".

We are featured on Backerclub.co this week.
We are featured on Backerclub.co this week.

 What are Sealblades?

Sealblades are retractable hand paddles that fit to each forearm with a neoprene sleeve and velcro strapping, are held in the deployed position by the hand, give you up to 35% more paddling power and then instantly retract out of the way once you release the grip to return to the resting position on your arm. Having your hands free allows you to do all the things you'd normally do.  Our testers tell us they make them feel like a bit of a super hero.

Here is a little extra info on the product itself. It's a little low tech and very low production but we hope you find it useful.

 Who are Sealblades for? 

Sealblades are for active, sporty, water loving types, for people who want to get a taste of the experience of surfing without putting their bodies on the line, for people who may never have surfed before but want to get out on a board to explore, have a paddle, a work out or maybe get back up-wind after a lovely Stand Up Paddle board session. For active families looking for extra entertainment for a day at the beach. Think of them more as an alternative to Stand Up Paddle boarding.

Paddling in
Paddling in

 And hands free 

Surf's up
Surf's up

 

We are listed on Backersnation.com
We are listed on Backersnation.com

 

Two exclusive versions for Kickstarter  

We are producing two exclusive – can’t buy anywhere else - versions of Sealblades for Kickstarter. We’re calling them our Zero range as they are the first ever batch that will be produced. They’ll have a special ‘Zero’ mark on them so you’ll know you were one of the very first people on the planet to own Sealblades.  

Sealblades Zero - our classic Sealblades in large adult size  

Sealblades Zero
Sealblades Zero

Sealblades Zero Rush - a smaller, streamlined Sealblades design for smaller adults and teens.  All the same cool functional and design features as Sealblades Zero with a smaller blade surface, slightly less power and resistance for the less buff among us but no less fun. 

Renderings of Sealblades Zero Rush Design Progress
Renderings of Sealblades Zero Rush Design Progress

 

Sizes on the sleeve and strapping are adjustable on both. The key difference between the two versions is the blade design and size, the surface area of the actual paddle will be smaller for Sealblades Zero Rush to reduce the water drag for smaller arms.

Colours 

Both versions will be available in a range of colours and colour combinations. We'll update you on the colours during the campaign and will send you a survey after the campaign finishes to ask you to choose the colour combinations that you'd like for your Sealblades. 

Colour options for Sealblades Zero Rush
Colour options for Sealblades Zero Rush

Patents applied for (PCT/GB2015/050152 & UK Patent 1614320.8) 

 Sealblades in the media 

 

Publications writing about Sealblades
Publications writing about Sealblades

 

 

 

Development  

We’ve been developing Sealblades for over two years now and testing at each stage of the prototype development has been key to getting the product to a launch-ready position. And now for the ultimate test! A kickstarter launch. We are looking to build a community of people around us who use the Sealblades and give us feedback to help us continue to improve and refine them to make them even better. We’d love to have you involved.  

What will you do with 35% more paddle power?  

Sealblades can be used for surfing, to boost prone paddle boarding or for people who just want to get out on a board to explore or have a good workout. What will you do? Kayak-fishing perhaps? Or just get back up wind easily after a great SUP session? There is so much you can do with Sealblades.  

Whatever you ride, Whatever your passion
Whatever you ride, Whatever your passion

Fun index  

May not stand up to deep statistical scrutiny but we did some research with prototype testers and 80% gave a 7/10 or higher result for fun. We like fun so that was important to us.

Rewards 

Pledge £10 

We'll add your name to our surf board of gratitude which we'll hang in our office as a constant reminder of all the wonderful people who have supported us. We'll think of it as your personal high five to us. We are so grateful.

Our cosy Sealblades beanie - Pledge £15 

We'll send you our snug and cosy Sealblades beanie and add your name to our gratitude surf board. 

Early Bird Sealblades Zero Rush - Pledge £29

Pledge £29 and enjoy the early bird limited offer to join our community and be the owner of the very first batch of Sealblades Zero Rush (for smaller adults and teens) exclusively available on Kickstarter. Choose your colour (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your shiny new kit.  We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you a cosy Sealblades beanie.

Early Bird Sealblades Zero - Pledge £45

Pledge £45 and enjoy the early bird limited offer to join our community and be the owner of the very first batch of Sealblades Zero (for stronger adults) exclusively available on Kickstarter. Choose your colour (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your shiny new kit. We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you a cosy Sealblades beanie.

Early Bird Sealblades Zero
Early Bird Sealblades Zero

Sealblades Zero Rush - Pledge £35

Pledge £35 and join our community and be the owner of the very first batch of Sealblades Zero Rush exclusively available on Kickstarter. Choose your colour (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your shiny new kit. We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you a cosy Sealblades beanie.

Sealblades Zero - Pledge £49

Pledge £49, join our community and be the owner of the very first batch of Sealblades Zero exclusively available on Kickstarter. Choose your colour (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your shiny new kit. We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you a cosy Sealblades beanie.

Sealblades Zero
Sealblades Zero

Two pairs of Sealblades Zero Rush - Pledge £59

Want to avoid the wonderful people in your life fighting over Sealblades Zero Rush? Here's the deal for you. Not one but two pairs of lovely Sealblades Zero Rush. Choose your colour (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your shiny new kit. We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you two cosy Sealblades beanies.

Two pairs of Sealblades Zero - Pledge £89

Treat a friend and kit up for Sealblades races. Not one but two pairs of lovely Sealblades Zero. Choose your colour (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your shiny new kit. We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you two cosy Sealblades beanies.

Two pairs of Sealblades Zero
Two pairs of Sealblades Zero

 

Family Bundle - Pledge £150

Family Sealblades races anyone?  Choose your colours (we’ll send you a survey after the campaign completes) and we’ll get ready to package up your family bundle. We'll also add your name to our gratitude surf board and send you four cosy Sealblades beanies.

We'll send you a survey after the campaign so you can choose your colours. 

Timelines 

We are managing our timelines closely and are making every effort to ensure we hit our deadlines. We will keep communicating with our lovey backers throughout the time period.

Sealblades Zero 

 

Timeline Sealblades Zero
Timeline Sealblades Zero

Sealblades Zero Rush 

The delivery timeline for Sealblades Zero Rush is a little longer but we hope you agree that they are worth waiting for. Gift certificate will be emailed out in December to help bridge the gap. 

Timeline Sealblades zero Rush
Timeline Sealblades zero Rush

 

Very impressed that you have read this far - high five from us! 

We'll firm up on colour choices and send you a survey after the campaign ends for you to make your selections.  This will be managed by Backerkit a company that specialises in making sure that we get all the admin and shipping details right. 

So, go on ahead and back us with a little or large pledge. We'd love to have you as part of our community.

Alex and Sorcha 

 

Alex and Sorcha O'Connor Co-Founders
Alex and Sorcha O'Connor Co-Founders

 

Risks and challenges

The manufacturing plant we are using has proven that it outputs high quality products. We are building the moulds for the plastic elements of the adult version at the moment (Oct 16) and are on track for and end of October completion of those. First production test run is then scheduled for November. We then need to get the Sealblades into the water for some serious stress testing. We are confident in the design and the process we've gone through. We've tested the prototypes extensively. But as with any first time production there are risks of the unknown. We'll keep the community informed of how we are doing and may even ask some local backers to help with the stress testing.

Timeline is tight for Christmas delivery of the Sealblades Zero (for larger adults). We are building a contingency of a Christmas gift certificate which describes the product and can be given ahead of the shipping date in case the timeline does not allow for Christmas receipt.

We will also provide gift certificates for the Sealblades Zero Rush (smaller adults and teens).

As first time kickstarters we have decided to enlist the help of Backerkit to reduce the risk of any mess ups in the information collection and fulfilment aspects of this campaign.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    A place on our gratitude surf board

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    Sealblades beanie

    We'll send you one of our cosy Sealblades beanies (pictures in the About this Project section, model sadly not included) and add your name to our gratitude surf board. You'll have cosy ears and we'll have a constant reminder of those who have supported us.

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    EARLY BIRD - Sealblades Zero Rush

    One pair of exclusive kickstarter only Sealblades Zero Rush (for teens and smaller adults) + FREE Beanie and our thanks.
    Gift cert (detailing the cool gift you've just bought someone) for December 2016.

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    EARLY BIRD - Sealblades Zero

    One pair of exclusive kickstarter only Sealblades Zero Rush (for teens and smaller adults) + FREE Beanie and our thanks.

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    Pledge £59 or more About $78

    Two pairs of Sealblades Zero Rush

    Two pairs of exclusive kickstarter only Sealblades Zero Rush (smaller adult and teens) + two FREE Beanie and our thanks.
    Gift cert (detailing the cool gift you've just bought someone) for December 2016.

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    Little and large (EARLY BIRD)

    One pair of Sealblades Zero (for stronger adults) and one pair of Sealblades Zero Rush (for smaller adults and kids) plus two FREE beanies and our thanks.

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    Pledge £89 or more About $118

    Two pairs of Sealblades Zero

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    Pledge £150 or more About $198

    Sealblades Family Bundle

    FOUR pairs of Sealblades. Choose one Sealblades Zero and three Sealblades Zero Rush or two of each + Four FREE Beanies.
    (Choose via a survey after the campaign ends)
    Gift cert (detailing the uber cool gift you've just bought someone) for December 2016.

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    Clubs & group deals (Wholesale pricing)

    Two pairs of Sealblades Zero (adult size)

    Six pairs of Sealblades Zero Rush (Smaller adult and teen size)

    Any other combinations - message us.

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