The original idea came from struggling to catch waves like the pro’s can. I’ve surfed since I was a youngster and the problem was that I didn’t get enough time doing the sport I love. I spent more time trying to catch waves rather than riding them. I had just spent £100.00 on a new board but I was still struggling to catch most of the waves. I knew that swim fins and socks would assist me further but I could ill afford to spend another £50.00.
I had been working on an under water parachute braking system designed to help slow down ships and yachts in storms. This helped form the basis of my new invention.
I am an inventor and designer and have worked on many products the latest one being Sci-Tie (http://www.sci-tie.com/) a potentially global product. The world’s first and only biodegradable cable tie that comes on a roll with no waste. The cable tie industry has struggled for many years to create a biodegradable version using the current manufacturing process of injection moulding. I not only created a new design so that the cable tie can now come on a continuous roll but I also developed a whole new manufacturing process to accommodate this. With our dedicated team we are now able to take this patented product to a global market and it will be available to purchase next year.
When I presented the idea of the Wave Catcher to my team they immediately loved it. The issues that we resolved were how to: make a board that would make catching waves easier; increase the time of riding a wave and make a board that would allow the user to create unique tricks. Overall the team was keen to create a board that would give the user a much better quality experience than the standard boards in use today therefore adding value.
These were the first steps on the long road to creating our bodyboards and surfboards. A world wide search, including surfing museums was conducted to ascertain if there was anything similar in this field. We found nothing similar. We realised then how successful this product could be and immediately designed and applied for the patent.
From inception we wanted to produce a high quality product. Currently, the best boards are made of PE (polyethylene). Even though there are some good EPS (expanded polystyrene) boards on the market we knew we wanted our board to withstand the most demanding of waves. EPS has the potential to snap too easily on bigger more powerful waves. We found other products such as 3D cores that would be great but it would put our product beyond the budget of most people.
The Wave Catcher is made with a premium PE core approx 2.2 lbs per cubic foot and is a great all round core that has strength and flexibility. It is the choice of the professionals but is also a better priced alternative that keeps the price point reasonable and accessible.
The final stage was to source the correct material for the new technology. We found a UK company that is developing a military parachute for use over the sea that can then be re-used. The material they are using is premium Ripstop. It has flexibility, is lightweight and can be easily bonded to our board. We would then attach the pockets. Double side rails are added to give the board greater strength.
With a great shape and the best sourced materials we can produce a high-quality board. Every board we make is assembled and hand finished in the UK.
We applied our new technology to a child's bodyboard that an adult would normally struggle catching waves due to its size. It was rigorously tested against a full sized standard adult board. Both boards were tested side by side and ridden by adults of similar size and weight. The modified board immediately caught twice as many waves and with longer rides compared to the standard adult board.
This ingenious idea is the embryo for the Wave Catcher.
Universities and marine institutes study wave motion and this information has helped with the design of our board. We extensively tested and studied the performance level of the board over hundreds of hours. Their studies show us how waves rotate tumbling forward towards the shore. This motion automatically opens the pockets on the underside of the board pushing the board in the same direction of the wave. Therefore, the Wave Catcher harnesses more of the power of the wave.
The Wave Catcher will be perfect for the latest craze in bodyboarding such as a ‘Flowrider’ (new generation wave generator). Imagine the height of jumps you could achieve. You could be the first to create a brand new stunt or trick and be in the enviable position of naming it yourself!
Another new craze is ‘standing wave river surfing’. Be the first to create a new trick on a standing wave. Take a look below. It shows a great picture of someone using a surfboard on the river. The number of new tricks is only limited by your imagination.
Please note that these reduced prices will be limited to Kickstarter backers only. As a thank you, this first run will be uniquely branded. Following this launch the RRP will be increased in line with boards of this quality. Don't miss out!
UK Backers – Postage & packaging is included in the price of the board.
International backers - Postage & packing is included in the price of the board for USA, Canada and Europe. For other International backers please ask for a quote. You will be responsible for any tariffs and customs taxes or fees that are applicable in your country.
Risks and challenges
The majority of the risks and challenges have been ironed out over the past few years of product development. We created many different prototypes with hundreds of hours of testing in the surf which finally determined our unique design.
We have sourced all materials and are ready for production at our UK plant. We have our lead times for all components and we plan the first shipment for late January early February 2014. Potential set-backs which may cause a delay in production have been anticipated and identified. Should any unforeseen delays arise, we will keep you fully informed.
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