We know what you pumped last summer!
And we’re here to change that. We’re funded, and not only that, while others keep pumping ad infinitum, we're paddling ahead with research and development. That's how we were able to design the top quality entry-level SipaBoards NEO for the best possible price of USD 590 and early shipping in August. Help us spread the word around your world too. that pumping is so last year.
Paddleboarding is one of the best workouts you can imagine. It improves your core strength and fitness, plus it’s great fun for people of all ages. With SipaBoards there is no excuse to exercise more often. SipaBoards is always ready to self-inflate. Plus, with our smart app, you will be able to track your progress, verify your board’s pressure, and check your battery life. We will be adding even more smart functions as we go along.
From the makers of the Smart SUP of 2015, introducing the SipaBoards Air: the world's first integrated self-inflating standup paddleboard. Slide in the rechargeable battery, swipe the magnetic switch, and watch as your SipaBoards Air pumps itself up in under 5 minutes.
Adventure comes in 4 flavors
You can get your SipaBoards Air - premium models in 3 beautiful varieties so your SUP experience is a true expression of your goals and desires as a paddleboarder. Our entry-level board NEO on the other hand is a perfect first board for lighter paddlers. It's fun, slick, and lightweight.
Reinventing every detail
If your mission is to make paddleboarding easier, why not rethink everything? We found a way to give our leash a second purpose beside safety. Now it's much easier to carry your board around. The same goes for our board bag, which unfolds for easy access and stores everything you need for a day out on the water.
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Last year we introduced the world's first smart SUP in our first Kickstarter campaign and we had a very successful year with it. In that time we faced every single aspect of the business, from development, the manufacturing process, teething problems, to shipping headaches, and much, much more. We've learned a lot and we have a lot to show you.
The SipaBoards Air is a premium-quality SUP with a revolutionary innovation: self-inflation right before your eyes. The compressor unit, which doubles as a standard fin box, is built in right where the inflation valve on a normal SUP would be. The rechargeable battery slides in and out, and then with a wave of your hand your board pumps up to the perfect pressure every time. Let us do the hard work for you - while you get ready for your session, stretch out, or simply enjoy the view.
So toss your clunky old hand-pump away and go paddling in style: on your SipaBoards Air.
Why Is This Revolutionary?
With its physical benefits like training core muscles, working out the whole body, and providing a great cardiovascular workout, and its social benefits of enjoyment with friends in the great outdoors, paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.
Even the slightest obstacle reduces our commitment to exercise, though, and to date SUPing has come with two obstacles. The first one is the size of the board; at over 10 feet (3 meters) long, boards were hard to store and transport before inflatables came along. But even with inflatables, pumping up a SUP by hand is a serious obstacle, itself. It is doubtlessly the most (and maybe even the only!) unpleasant thing about paddleboarding, taking up precious time and energy you’d rather be spending on the water.
The SipaBoards Air line provides all the benefits of inflatable SUP (iSUP) technology and eliminates all the downsides. The self-inflating SipaBoards Air removes the only thing standing in between you and the water, making it almost irresistible to fit a paddling session into your everyday routine.
The heart of every SipaBoards Air is the SipaAir compressor, which is powered by a removable and rechargeable battery that slides right into its slot in the pump. You can inflate several times from one charge. The compressor is connected to our existing SipaApp that we developed for our Drive collection with Bluetooth technology. It can display a pressure gauge on the paddleboarder’s smartphone, and you can also track your paddling sessions. We’re still developing the compressor’s smart functions and we are hoping to introduce an anti-theft alarm and board finder as a sweet stretch goal.
Simply activate the switch to start self-inflation. Our switch is magnetic so that the SipaAir compressor stays waterproof, with no external contacts.
When you’re done paddling, simply let the air out of your board and fold it up.
But our time-saving and easy storage aren't our only benefits: we have two other tricks up our sleeves, as well.
The first is our awesome board bag, which stores not only your SipaBoard, but also your 3-part carbon-fiber paddle and fin, as well as whatever else you need for your session. Toss it on your back and away you’ll go.
Sturdy straps with large, soft pads slide right on your back. The board bag feels so comfortable on your shoulders that you can even throw it on your back when biking to your favorite body of water.
Not only does it feel great and look slick, but it condenses your equipment to a size that fits under your bed. It packs up so small that you can easily sling 4 in the trunk of your car and take the whole crew to the water’s edge.
One more innovation will ease your few steps into the surf. Our safety leash has a dual purpose: to keep you and your board together on the water, but also as a shoulder strap for easy transport.
All our features are designed to streamline and speed up the pre-paddling process, to remove anything that would stop you from paddling, and to make paddleboarding exactly what it was meant to be: pure fun. Get out on the water faster, longer, and more often.
Our three piece carbon-fiber paddle is light and durable and fits right into the board bag.
The Cast of Characters
You can get your SipaBoards Air in 4 beautiful varieties so your SUP experience is a true expression of your goals and desires as a paddleboarder. All models are made of the same ultra-durable drop-stitch technology, dual layers - on premium boards and single layer on Neo, and reinforced rail sides, and they of course all feature SipaBoards’ patented, fully-integrated SipaAir compressor. The only difference between them is size, shape, and volume, depending entirely on your interests and paddling style.
Introducing the New Board
The SipaBoards Neo is a fun and stylish entry-level board for lighter paddlers (up to 225lbs), with the absolute best deal on the market. It has a narrower shape and slimmer profile, making for a straighter line in the water with tons of maneuverability. World-class quality for every pocket.
Our All-Rounder is for paddlers of all ages and ability levels, as it is sturdy as a ship. Families and those who are into SUP for the fun of it will love this model, which works as well as a SUP as it does as a mobile diving board - endless summer fun.
The Cruiser is a faster model, based on the same shape as the original SipaBoards Drive line, for the adventurer who wants to get out on the water in minutes and keep paddling for hours. You will enjoy its straight lines and sleek shape, which cut through the chop and take you wherever your body powers you.
Our Balance model is in perfect harmony and comes outfitted with an anchor and dedicated hook rings. You will take this board to find your favorite hidden spot and enjoy a moment of serenity, relying on its stability to support you as you do yoga or train your core muscles.
Premium boards feature dual-layer drop-stitch technology instead of single layer, which is only featured on the Neo. The second layer means they can handle more PSI, making them more rigid and sturdy.
All boards feature a 12-month warranty.
What's in the Box?
If you would like to become a SipaBoards Ambassador let us know and here is a great opportunity to get all set up for that.
We have tested several different prototypes for our compressor and we have already settled on a production model.
Since our Swiss board producer is the same company we have been working with for a year, we anticipate no large-scale delays in production, with shipping set by the end of 2016.
How did we develop it?
Because we’ve done it before! Smart SUPs are a concept we’ve been working on for a long while now, even winning the Red Dot Best of the Best award! You can check it out here.
We listened to feedback we got from users as we tested SipaBoards over the past year. Countless times we heard people say that they would like a SipaBoard from our original Drive line just for the self-inflation.
Our solution needed to be (obviously) water-tight, salt-water friendly, lightweight but extremely durable, easily rechargeable, and most of all - fun! So we decided to take the technology we introduced in our first Kickstarter campaign, isolate this innovation, and develop it further to be even simpler. While we were at it, we also integrated a system for the SUP’s fin box on the underside of the SipaAir compressor.
We took our developed prototype to last year’s Paddle Expo in Nuremberg, to see what industry leaders thought. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the majority of comments remarking that this is, without doubt, the future of inflatable stand up paddleboards (iSUP).
We were also selected Brand New Finalist at ISPO Munich in January. That's the world's largest sports trade show and the competition is fierce, so we're quite proud of this recognition, and it got us a lot of exposure from those in the know.
Meanwhile we gained a ton of experience setting up production from our first campaign. Our product is made of hundreds of pieces developed in-house. Naturally we went through all the teething problems to deliver an awesome product to our backers. We learned about tooling, molds, the manufacturing process, assembly, packaging, and shipping logistics.
The second time around we are confident we are going to deliver a great product to a wider audience of SUP enthusiasts. We've developed it exactly to the needs of our customers and we know how to do it.
So be one of the first people in the world to get your hands on a SipaBoards Air - the self-inflating iSUP of the future.
The team of paddlers, designers, developers, and outdoor enthusiasts that brought you the first generation of SipaBoards is back with the SipaBoards Air line. Our new innovation is the next step in our mission to bring SUP to as many people as possible. As lovers of physical activity and the outdoors, our goal is not necessarily to make SUPing easier, but to make it easier to SUP.
Sebastjan Sitar - Founder, product development
Saša Droljc - Founder, logistics
Žiga Božič - Product research and development
Uroš Brojan - Product design and business development
Jaro Jelovac - Industrial and graphic design
Andrej Podbevšek - Visuals, content development
Josh Rocchio - Copywriting, Social Media
Marja Feldin - Marketing and Sales
Matej Praprotnik - Social media
Nina Čavž - Media, PR
Domen Sitar - Manufacturing
Nicola Conte - Sales
Rok Jarc - Mobile development
Miha Kerle - Web development
Special thanks to Samo Vidic, Uroš Podlogar, and Marko Ocepek for awesome photography; Luka Leskovšek for polishing our video; Tadej Droljc and Mirko Medved for sound editing; Joe Steiner for taking care our boards are top notch, and of course our families for all their support.
Risks and challenges
We already rely on our established supply chain with several expert partners within the industry. We have run a successful Kickstarter campaign, and manufactured and shipped the product according to our projected timeline. We produce the SipaAir compressor in house, and our board producer is an industry leader in Switzerland. This means that we control the production process for our compressors, and we rely on Swiss quality control to ensure that every board is perfect.
That being said, getting any product into full scale production is no easy task. While most of our components are made in the EU, we have a few parts coming from overseas and those can take time to clear release by customs. Nonetheless, we expect a seamless production and shipping process.
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