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About this project

Introducing NERD 3CSup

3CSup offers an eco-friendly approach without loss of performance. We’ve created a game changing generation of super light and ultra-clear boards, specifically designed for Stand Up Paddling. The 3CSup boards are both a high techn design products and a symbols of a new ecology perspective. We are convinced that 3CSup is the only eco-friendly alternative to the mass production of inflatable and foam core Sup boards that currently beset the global market. 3CSup boards is a nominee for “Compasso d’Oro International Award 2017” (Section - Sport: Performance and Innovation).

Board with benefits

Unique style - It’s impossible not to be impressed by the extremely neatness of a 3CSup. The play of lights and shadows will take you in a next level experience, inside and outside the water. Moreover the natural cardboard colors filter the light with different angles so you can have various effects depending on the patterns and weather’s conditions. 

Innovative core - Our cardboard core is digitally designed through a set of algorithm that control shape, structural performance, internal ventilation, weight and material optimization. Highly customizable we’ve set three basic schemes from which starting to configure the board in terms of performance and aesthetics. 

Ultra light weight - One of the advantages of this technology is the lightness. If you compare the weight of the 3CSup boards with others equal in dimensions you will find a wide difference. 3CSup have an astonishing lightness due to their core structure and thanks to a perfect lamination system that optimizes materials. Besides the core pattern gives a perfect balance and structure integrity to the shape. 

Solid reinforcements - We’ve designed a stupendous cork edge as a reinforcements for the boards: digitally developed, easy to assembly and extremely light thanks to its profile’s thickness. This solution reinforces the critical parts of the boards. Besides, with perfect shaped edges, the rail is perfectly smooth and the boards have an impeccable balance! 

Self venting system - 3CSup’s system works like the blowhole of a whale! We’ve set a mechanism that use a valve to get out the air, ventilate the core and, at the same time, guarantees a water proof protection for the structural core. The water proof and breathing system is realized by a normal duck bill valve insert in the right way. The valve is replaceable so you don’t have to substitute everything as the times goes by. Beside you can use this handle with integrated breath system for type of boards that present this kind of problem (longboards, windsurf boards, boards in EPS exc.). Just pledge!

 Ecological footprint - We’ve envisioned a products made of recycled material to meet all the expectations of surfers and nature lovers everywhere in the world. In the production of 3CSup boards we’ve set up also an innovative lamination system that minimizes the use of materials. With this campaign we want to kickstart a change of consolidated production and design paradigms. A new generation of objects is coming. Let’s pledge! 

Product

Don’t think only green. Think of lightness, clearness, cool patterns, and perfect shapes. Thanks to an automatic valves system integrated into the handle, we’ve fixed the overpressure problems that have historically affected all the cardboard boards projects and we’ve finally realized the first perfectly working 3CSup in cardboard core! An excellent glassing process means perfect optimization of material. Our first 3CSup collection with reinforced rails weighs only 7kg! The parametric design process of 3CSup boards allows us to customize all the components: core geometry, water lines, rockers and volume control are just for starters!

Why is it important?

Be supporting our campaign you will play a central role in the evolution of a innovative construction technique with large scale impact on ecologic responsibility and sale price.

We should be able to set up a mass custom production, we would get lower manufacturing costs and therefore lower retail price. One of our next goals is to set up a virtuous production cycle to manufacture the most ecological and unique boards in the entire market! Besides we are sure that by developing innovative products based on recycled material, we can raise awareness on the ecologically deterioration of our planet. Furthermore we have already developed a plethora of innovative products, from furniture apparels to fun object, based on the same philosophy of our boards, helping us to trigger a real change in the designing metodologies in other fields of production!

The Yokai Collection, designed by Nerd Unit based on 3CSup technology and selected for the Milan Design Week 2017
The Yokai Collection, designed by Nerd Unit based on 3CSup technology and selected for the Milan Design Week 2017

Why recyclable&recycled materials?

 Basically because it’s a challenge head on! Since the first foundation of the Clark Foam blanks company, surfers and shapers from all over the world struggled to find an “eco-Plan B” to substitute the polluting production of foam blanks. So over the years, new strategies, materials and techniques came and went without leaving a definitive answer to the mass market. Now it’s time to change the game! We’ve spent a lot of time in studying various existing techniques (most of them not even accomplished), in testing prototypes and elaborating a new model that would have allowed us to minimize the footprint of a mass production of boards. Finally, we’ve decided to develop a cardboard core technology. This technique is a real eco-alternative because it uses recycled, recyclable and affordable materials, easy to customize and perfectly programmable through parametric and digital design. So after three years, we have fixed all the problems connected with this innovative technology such as the imperfect smoothness and opacity of shells or the internal overpressure issue. The final result is a perfect cardboard core board with cork reinforcements and integrated ventilation system: just pledge and try!!

Why Sup?

We love Paddleboarding especially because is a very “democratic sport” and everyone can do it. Men, women, kids and people of all ages can have fun and try one of the best workouts ever. You can do it in any condition (big waves, small waves, calm water etc.), everywhere (ocean, sea, river, lake, urban canals etc.) and it always puts you in complete harmony with what’s inside you and around you. So we’ve decided to start with an “extraordinary” discipline, such as pddle-boarding, to trigger a true change in the production of boards and we want you to get involved in this thrilling game change!

 

Why Kickstarter?

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Individually, we are just one drop. Together, we are an ocean and an ocean can change things! Kickstarter give us the possibility to share our ideas and to reach out to all of you to support our mission to build unique, fun-loving and eco-friendly boards affordable for everyone!

Two models and three flavours

Supporting our campaign you could get your 3CSup in 2 different models so your SUP experience will be a true expression of your goals and skills as a paddleboarder. Furthermore one of the most coolest features of our boards is their unique deck - a signature pattern customizable that evoke geometric forms of coral reefs - you will choose among 3 configurations of your own 3CSup’s core pattern!

  • Tomo is our all-rounder shapes studied for paddlers of all ages and ability levels. Those who are fresher paddlers will love this model, which is fun, balanced but also extremely maneuverable and lightweight.
  • Wag is a shape designed to deliver easy surfing action in a wavy condition. However, Wag combines stability and ease of use with speed and radical responsiveness, the Wag 3CSup guarantees unbeatable fun either in calm waters and rough seas. Let’s see detail down here!

3CSup * Tomo

Tomo 3CSup is designed to be your perfect cruising mate. Its shape obtains a perfect stability and helps your balance on board. Tomo Sup is the best thing for a relaxing “walk” through the waves. Even if this board is 8’ 11” in length and 33” in width, its lightweight perfectly fits with any kind of person: kids, men, women, fat, skinny and heavy-set dude or squirt dude! We’ve used cork to have a shock absorbent for the rail and we’ve figured a way to get them stronger. Tomo Sup is a board highly balanced thanks to almost flat rocker that makes it super comfortable. Control and lightness are the key-words. Don’t hesitate to try this unique board! 3CSup, pledge and step up to a next level!

 

 

3CSup * Wag

We came up with this idea of designing a super light and ultra trasparent Wave Style Sup. For the base model we’ve used a triangular core pattern in cardboard and cork rails. Our Wag 3CSup delivers easy surfing action together with good performance results thanks to its super lightweight (just 7.5kg!). The uniqueness of Wag Sup satisfies your eyes and warms up your hearts. 9’ 41” in length and 30,7” in width and a very highlighted rocker, make this board a perfect instrument. We highly recommend to take care the uniqueness of Wag 3CSup, it needs just a bit of love! Have fun guys and support our game change!

 

 

The Innovation

After months of research and test we’ve discovered that one of the problems in manufacturing perfectly working boards with cardboard core to find a way to avoid the expansion of the internal air due to the effect of UV-rays. In fact this action creates an increase of the volume of internal air, with negative effects for the continuous connection between core and skins. So we’ve designed a respiratory system embedded in the handle of the board. We’ve set an automatic mechanism which uses a duck bill valve to get out the air and ventilate the whole internal volume. The valve is replaceable without changing the whole handle. You can also use this system for longboards, windsurf boards and for all other kind of boards that have the same problems. You can also pledge this, don’t miss it!

 

 

Rewards overview

Why we need your help

We need your help to finance our first virtuous production run of the boards. Ramping up production is costly, but is the only way to reach a mass production of ecological, unique 3CSup boards and lower their price! So for this mission we need you to spread the word out. Our vision is to change the way boards are made and to trigger a new paradigma in the field of production design. So please tell your friends about it or share, regram and tweet if you are more comfortable with that! We will be more than thankful for every kind of energy supporting our campaign.

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Production shedule

3CSup are proudly made in Italy. We’re committed to local manufacturing and we begin to test our objects and optimize the supply chain to reduce our carbon footprint. Right now we’re starting to shape the first industrial production of 3CSup. Nerd designs are done to the smallest detail and now we’re going on with final tests and manufacture on large scale. Here below you can find the schedule:

Nerd Unit

Nerd is a melting pot of designers, engineers, architects, and surfers who collaborate in the development of multiple projects. We love computers, nature, challenges, coffee, and lemon ice cream. Why do we call ourselves Nerd? We have a special taste for algorithms. Algorithms are a set of rules for solving a problem (mostly about math) in a finite number of steps, and we use it to optimize material and create beautiful, intricate structures. They are great for lazy people, because you can use them to design multiple variations of a shape or verify complex things starting always from the same parametric base. We also use algorithms to calculate how many beers we need for our barbecues! In the end, Nerd is a group of good and brave people that love to make cool and smart things to enjoy life.

Disclaimer

All of the prototypes shown in the photos and video are fully functional, but details shown may change in the final product development and manufacturing.

Risks and challenges

We are a team full of optimism and endless energy. Without these characteristics we wouldn’t be here. During these years we’ve already faced and passed through the Murphy’s Law.
So we’ve made our homework, the 3CSup are looking great and feels amazing in the water!
Actually we are extremely happy with our current design and also the boards’ manufacturing has been moving forward at an exciting pace. However there will always be developments and improvements to our lamination process, assembly procedure or design parameters.
That being said, getting any product into full scale production is no easy task and that’s both the risk and the challenge: every new product launch has risks and challenges. Some of the challenges that we face will be up-scaling production from prototyping into full production capabilities. We have put together a realistic and attainable plan. Nowadays we’re trying to minimize the extensive prototyping and we’ve already started with a series of tests to avoid any functional inconvenient.
Backers will be kept informed of all the stages of development and when we will ship their boards.
Looking good - See you out there!

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    *Nerd 3CSup Apparel Special Edition*

    Two tees (branded with our celebratory logo for the Kickstarter Campaign) you can choose from our “Mutaforma Collection” (4 different graphics available) or from our “Dakuwanga Collection”(5 different graphics)

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    *Nerd 3CSup Fin*

    The special fin based on 3CSup philosophy. Eco-friendly and digitally designed, the 3CSup Fin is made by a combination of natural fibers with a water-based system and therefore guarantees safe, simple and environmentally
    compatible handling (retail value 108€ ).

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    *Nerd Cork 3CHandplane*

    Let’s go bodysurfing! You will receive a hand-board that we’ll be making with leftovers from the cork milling of our 3cSup boards production (retail value 144€ ). A real eco-friendly and waves-loving products.
    Tech spech.: Length 43.2 cm // Width 25.4 cm

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    *Nerd 3CSup Paddle*

    Nerd 3CSup Paddle is designed for high performances, in an interesting mix between traditional materials (bamboo and jute fiber) and carbon prepreg. Blade and shaft are studied to guarantee a perfect comfort during the paddling action. Let’s pledge for the best experience among waves (retail value 285€ )!
    Tech spech.: Blade Width 18.4 cm // Blade Area 580 cm² // Length 219 cm

    If you would like one of our 3CSup boards just add 1340€

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    *Nerd 3CSup Furniture II*

    A furniture collection to support our game change and try our other range of products! Two poufs, Scilla, one marvelous coffee table, Doride, in cardboard, cork and natural fibers all inspired by marine creatures. This is a perfect match if you want start thinking in a new and different way (retail value 290€ ).
    Tech spech. Scilla: Length 52cm // Width 52cm // Height 50cm // Thk 0.7cm
    Tech spech Doride: Length 92cm // Width 92cm // Height 41cm // Thk 1.3cm

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    *NERD 3CSUP TERRIFIC!!*

    Super Early Bird: Enjoy with your favorite 3CSup board (Tomo or Wag) for an incredible price! 3CSup boards include the handle with embedded self venting system (replaceable duck bill is inside) and it will comes with a carrying sack and leash (retail value 1660€ ).
    Tech spech 3CSup Tomo: Length 8’85’’/ 270cm // Width 32.2’’ / 82cm // Thk 3.93’’ / 10cm // Volume 170l
    Tech spech 3CSup Wag: Length 9’41’’/ 287cm // Width 30.7’’ / 78cm // Thk 3.93’’ / 10cm // Volume 129l

    If you would like a fin with your board just add 70€ (retail value 108€).
    If you would like a paddle with your board just add 200€ (retail value 285€).

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    *Nerd 3CSup Furniture III*

    Early Bird: the Yokai Collection has been designed by Nerd Unit based on 3CSup technology, has been selected for the Milan Design Week 2017 and displayed at Magna Pars in Milan. By supporting us with this collection you will receive Kami, a unique table in cardboard, wood, cork with a top glass surface (retail value 495€ ). Besides you will receive two Kiri, extraordinary chairs in wood, cork and cardboard (retail value 245€ ).
    Tech spech. Kami: Length 105cm // Width 105cm // Height 74cm // Thk cardboard 0.7cm // Thk wood 0.9cm
    Tech spech Kiri: Length 1cm // Width cm // Height 43.5cm // Thk cardboard 0.7cm // Thk wood 0.9cm

    If you would like one of our 3CSup boards just add 1140€

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    *Nerd 3CSup - TOMO*

    Early Bird: Enjoy your 3CSup Tomo board! Super clear, light and unique your Tomo will surprise you. So let’s taste its exclusivity and take care of its uniqueness. 3CSup Tomo includes the handle with embedded self venting system (replaceable duck bill is inside) and it will comes with a carrying sack and leash (retail value 1660€ ).
    Tech spech 3CSup Tomo: Length 8’85’’/ 270cm // Width 32.2’’ / 82cm // Thk 3.93’’ / 10cm // Volume 170l

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    *Nerd 3CSup - WAG*

    Early Bird: Have unlimited fun with our wave spirit board! The expert paddlers will feel a new experience on the water! 3CSup Wag includes the handle with embedded self venting system (replaceable duck bill is inside) and she will comes with a carrying sack and leash (retail value 1660€ ).
    Tech spech 3CSup Wag: Length 9’41’’/ 287cm // Width 30.7’’ / 78cm // Thk 3.93’’ / 10cm // Volume 129l

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    *Nerd 3CSup Custom Limited Edition*

    Special You and Me: a real collaboration between you and us. How does it work? Pledge that > send us a message with your name and your Sup shape > we will reply with some considerations about your design and our calibrations on the project > we will shape your 3CSup Limited Edition in cardboard core, cork reinforcements and handle with embedded self venting system (replaceable duck bill is inside). It will comes with a carrying sack and leash.

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    *Nerd 3CSup Double Pack*

    2 3CSup of your choice, 2 Tomo, 1 Tomo and 1 Wag or 2 Wag (retail value 3320€ ).
    Let us know which one in a message! The boards in Double Pack includes: handles with embedded self venting
    system (replaceable duck bill is inside), carrying sacks and leashes.
    Tech spech 3CSup Tomo: Length 8’85’’/ 270cm // Width 32.2’’ / 82cm // Thk 3.93’’ / 10cm // Volume 170l
    Tech spech 3CSup Wag: Length 9’41’’/ 287cm // Width 30.7’’ / 78cm // Thk 3.93’’ / 10cm // Volume 129l

    If you would like a fin with your board just add 70€ (retail value 108€).
    If you would like a paddle with your board just add 200€ (retail value 285€).

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