About this project
Who we are & What we're doing.
Hi, I'm Robert Stehlik, the owner of Blue Planet Surf in Honolulu, Hawaii. We designed three new, 6" thick inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard models and want to bring them to market for the 2014 summer season. I have personally tested the prototypes extensively, including paddling the 10'6" "Multi-tasker Air" model through the rapids of the Grand Canyon for 16 days. The performance of these boards is amazing, considering the convenience of being able to pack everything into a backpack and check it onto a flight as regular luggage, not to mention the ease of storing and transporting, as well as safety and durability advantages over hard boards. I am convinced that our inflatables are an excellent product and a great value for anyone that wants to experience and enjoy the wonderful sport of Stand Up Paddling. Unfortunately, due to our design width and thickness, our manufacturer is requiring a high minimum order and we simply cannot sell enough of these boards through our shop in Honolulu to justify ordering them without having some boards pre sold, nor do we have the funds to prepay for the production run, so we need your support to make it happen!
After testing inflatable SUP from several other manufacturers we felt that we can improve on what's on the market and started designing our own line of boards with features we thought would be useful and with improved outlines and rocker lines.
Our first samples were made in 2011 and we tested them extensively in Hawaii before going into production.
We wanted to make sure the inflatable boards would perform not only in flat water but also in the surf, so we took them to the North Shore for some product testing.
We found that the boards performed well in the surf and were also great all-round boards for cruising and fitness paddling.
We also wanted to make sure they were durable and could handle some abuse. We found that they were much stronger than regular hard boards, and safer because they are soft. Watch the video below to see me testing the durability of one of our inflatables.
If you are interested on how these boards are set up, pumped up and used, you can watch the video below that shows how to use our first generation of inflatable SUP's
We were stoked with our first generation of boards and are almost sold out of our first production run. We wanted to improve on them and started working on our second generation of inflatables. Our specific goals were to make them stiffer, more stable and more suitable for entry level use, so we designed our new prototype using a thicker, 6" drop stitch material (our first generation of inflatables is 4" thick) and some extra re-enforcement strips that make the boards significantly more rigid. The thicker rails also make the boards very stable and user friendly. Our first sample was ready in the Summer of 2013, just in time to test it on a trip through the Grand Canyon, which was perfect to put the boards through some rigorous testing. We ran over sharp rocks, through some crazy rapids and got everyone in our group to try them. The boards performed great.
We love these boards and are eager to get them into production so more people can enjoy them, which is why we launched this campaign and hope we can count on your support.
If you don't want to wait 'till May for your board, click here to see our currently available inflatable SUP's
Note: If you missed our early backer special offer, check the project updates to see how you can still get both the free carbon paddle and free Bravo BP12 electric pump.
How it's going to work.
We decided to give Kickstarter a try and are offering our boards at a great low price to backers of our project (ranging from just $849 to $899, boards from other manufacturers with similar quality and features sell for $1,400 or more). We can do this by going directly from the factory to you with no additional markups and are even throwing in a bunch of extra freebies to entice you to back our project by pre ordering a board by January 5TH, 2014 and help us make our 2014 inflatable board lineup a reality. We have set our funding goal at $30,000 and will only go ahead with the production run if we can reach this goal by January 5TH.
If you fund our project by ordering a board through this campaign, we will throw in our high performance, lightweight three piece carbon travel paddle with padded bag at no extra charge (a $269 value), plus you get free shipping to any US address, which is another $70-100 value. If you prefer, we can also send you a free 12V electric pump (Bravo BP12, valued at $129 plus shipping) and 3 piece aluminum paddle instead of the 3 piece carbon paddle.
To get things going, we are offering an even better deal for the first 10 boards backed in this campaign: The free 3pc carbon paddle AND a free electric pump, which is an incredible value for the money and we expect these to go quickly (This deal is available only of the first 3 pcs of the 10'0", 4 pcs of the 10'6", and 3 pc of the 12'6"= first 10 boards total)
For international customers, we offer a low flat rate shipping fee of just $80 by Delta Air Cargo to the nearest major airport. You will have to pick the box up at the airport and pay for any customs clearance fees.
Can I back the project and not get a reward?
Sure! we'd love the support! When we send our post success survey for rewards just be sure to select "no reward". Mahalo again
Like what we're doing but can't afford to donate?
No worries, you can still help us out by sharing our project with your friends by e-mail and on social media. You can find us on Facebook here.
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SUP Clinic DVD - Over 2 hours of instructional footage to help you progress and improve your technique on the water.
Two Blue Planet Surf die-cut stickers - uv resistant vinyl stickers for your car, board and anything else that wants to wave our flag. You can see more details and a video with application instructions for the die-cut stickers here
Set of two Blue Planet roof rack straps (12 feet) with cam buckles. Can be used to strap boards to car (If you don't have a roof rack, you can run the straps through the inside of your car)
Blue Planet Tee shirt and Hat. 100% cotton T-shirt, flex fit cap, you will be asked to choose color and size when campaign closes.
Blue Planet Quick Dry Shirt and Hat. 100% Polyester quick dry shirt has a loose, comfortable fit, is great for using in or our of the water and provides very good UV protection. Flex fit cap, you will be asked to choose color and size when campaign closes.
Blue Planet Tee shirt, Quick Dry Shirt and Hat combo. 100% Polyester quick dry shirt has a loose, comfortable fit, is great for using in or our of the water and provides very good UV protection. 100% cotton T-shirt, flex fit cap, you will be asked to choose color and size when campaign closes.
Blue Planet three piece adjustable aluminum travel paddle. This paddle is made of durable aircraft aluminum shaft with pressure molded blade and handle. It is easy to break down and adjust, a great companion for any inflatable board and a great travel/ family paddle.
Blue Planet three piece adjustable carbon travel paddle. This high performance, lightweight travel paddle comes complete with a padded travel case and fits into the carry bag of our inflatable boards. This paddle features a high performance blade (88 square in. blade size) with a dihedral shape to minimize flutter. The clamping system tension can be adjusted with a hex key (standard fin key) and provides a tight fitting connections without the give and wiggle found in most adjustable paddles.
10'0" x 32" x 6" Blue Planet "Crossover Air" inflatable board. Our lineup of boards is designed to provide excellent performance in flatwater, on rivers/ whitewater, open ocean paddling and in the surf. The tick rails make our boards very stable and rigid. The 10'0" Crossover Air model is very stable for a board it's size and is recommended for beginners up to 200 lbs and can be used by experienced paddlers up to 260 lbs. The more compact design of this board make it a great choice for cruising in flat water and for surfing in up to head high waves. It makes a great all-round family board. See below for construction information and features.
Includes all the features shown in the video, a back pack carry bag, repair kit, leash, and high pressure pump. Includes removable single center fin and two side fins. Kickstarter backer special: Get a free upgrade to our Carbon 3 piece travel paddle with padded bag, valued at $269, (or you can choose a free 12V electric pump and 3 pc Aluminum paddle), and free shipping in the US (or $80 flat rate international air cargo shipping to nearest international airport).
Act fast, this deal is only available to the first 3 backers: 10'0" x 32" x 6" Blue Planet "Crossover Air" inflatable board. Includes all the features shown in the video, a back pack carry bag, repair kit, leash, and high pressure pump. Kickstarter backer special: Get a free upgrade to our Carbon 3 piece travel paddle with padded bag, valued at $269 AND a free 12V electric pump, valued at $149 AND free shipping in the US (or $80 flat rate international air cargo shipping to nearest international airport).
10'6" x 34" x 6" Blue Planet "Multi-tasker Air" inflatable board. This is the most stable model in our lineup. It is designed to provide excellent performance in flatwater, on rivers/ whitewater, open ocean paddling and in the surf. The tick rails make our boards very stable and rigid. The Multi-tasker does it all and is a great board to learn and advance on. It is very stable and forgiving which makes it great for even rough conditions and heavier paddlers. It is recommended for beginners up to 270 lbs and can be used by experienced paddlers up to 300 lbs+. The stability and all round user friendliness make this board a great choice for entry level paddlers, surfing in smaller waves, family use, cruising and white water paddling. For features and construction specs, see below.
Includes all the features shown in the video, a back pack carry bag, repair kit, leash, and high pressure pump. Includes removable single center fin and two side fins. Kickstarter backer special: Get a free upgrade to our Carbon 3 piece travel paddle with padded bag, valued at $269, (or you can choose a free 12V electric pump and 3 pc Aluminum paddle), and free shipping in the US (or $80 flat rate international air cargo shipping to nearest international airport)
Act fast, this deal is only available to the first 4 backers: 10'6" x 34" x 6" Blue Planet "Multi-tasker Air" inflatable board. Includes all the features shown in the video, a back pack carry bag, repair kit, leash, and high pressure pump. Kickstarter backer special: Get a free upgrade to our Carbon 3 piece travel paddle with padded bag, valued at $269 AND a free 12V electric pump, valued at $149 AND free shipping in the US (or $80 flat rate international air cargo shipping to nearest international airport
12'6" x 30" x 6" Blue Planet "Touring Air" inflatable board.
This is the fastest model in our lineup. It is designed to provide great glide in flatwater, on rivers, open ocean touring and rough water. It can be used in the surf but it's length make it harder to turn on the wave and it's more suited for distance paddling. The longer rail lines make this board track straight and glide effortlessly. The thick rails make it stable and very rigid. The Touring Air does it all and is a great board to learn and advance on. It is stable and forgiving which makes it a good choice for a wide spectrum of conditions. It is recommended for beginners up to 220 lbs and can be used by experienced paddlers up to 270 lbs+. The glide and cruising speed make this user friendly board a great choice for entry level and advanced paddlers that want to cruise far, fast, and efficiently on lakes, rivers and open ocean waters. It is fast enough to be competitive in a SUP race, which make it a great choice if you have to travel to get to a race. This board checks onto a flight as regular check in luggage. For features and construction specs, see below.
Act fast, this deal is only available to the first 3 backers: 12'6" x 30" x 6" Blue Planet "Touring Air" inflatable board. Includes all the features shown in the video, a back pack carry bag, repair kit, leash, and high pressure pump. Removable single center fin (no side fins for less drag). Kickstarter backer special: Get a free upgrade to our Carbon 3 piece travel paddle with padded bag, valued at $269 AND a free 12V electric pump AND free shipping in the US (or $80 flat rate international air cargo shipping).
12'6" x 30" x 6" Blue Planet "Touring Air" inflatable board. Includes all the features shown in the video, a back pack carry bag, repair kit, leash, and high pressure pump. Kickstarter backer special: Get a free upgrade to our Carbon 3 piece travel paddle with padded bag, valued at $269, or a free 12V electric pump and 3 piece aluminum paddle AND free shipping in the US (or $80 flat rate international air cargo shipping).
This new "Family package" is the best value for those who want two board packages (Both boards include all the standard accessories: Back pack board bag, hand pump, leash, repair kit). Plus you get two free Carbon travel paddles with case ($269 value each) plus one free 12V electric pump, plus free shipping in the US for just $1700.
NEW: Family Package: Get two inflatables of your choice, complete with two free 3 piece carbon travel paddles and one 12V electric pump as well as free shipping in the US. You will be asked to choose the boards in the survey sent out when the campaign closes.
Your generous support earns you a SUPer deluxe Oahu vacation which includes:
- Two of the inflatable SUP packages with the board models of your choice (two boards, two carbon travel paddles, two 12V pumps),
- A one week stay at our North Shore vacation getaway with your family and friends (sleeps up to 6 people), just steps from Ke Iki beach. For details on the vacation rental and to check availability please visit: http://www.vrbo.com/295757
- 10 hours of personalized SUP coaching by Robert Stehlik: technique training, surf guide service, downwind coaching, race training or whatever you want to do.
- Unlimited use of any SUP's from our shop's demo fleet during your stay.
You will get VIP treatment from the Blue Planet crew and if you like to Stand Up Paddle, this will be a trip of a lifetime. This reward can be customized to suit your wishes. So live a little and support our project. Mahalo!
Board construction details:
Our boards use high density drop stitch (6'' thick when inflated) with PVC Polyester reinforcements. The construction, tickness and high pressure constructions makes these boards very rigid unlike some lower quality boards on the market. We recommend inflating the boards to about 14-17 PSI for great performance but the construction allows inflation up to 20-25 PSI for extreme rigidity.
The Hi-Tech drop-stitch material is reinforced by gluing 1000D PVC tarpaulin on top, bottom, rails, plus and extra reinforcement strip down the center that adds extra rigidity.
The boards come with a removable center fin. The 10'0 and 10'6 models have two side fins to enhance maneuverability, while the 12'6 only has one center fin to reduce drag.
All boards come with a high pressure hand pump with gauge (up to 21.8psi) and are equipped with a spring valve for quick and easy inflation and deflation.
The EVA deck pad provides grip and comfort and has a diamond groove pattern for great traction.
The boards come with a convenient carry handle in the center of the board, plus to straps on the deck for passengers or to hold on to the board in a prone position (very helpful in surf or whitewater), as well as straps on the nose and tail of the board for safety and easy transport.
Each board comes with a backpack carrying bag that fits the board, paddle, pump, and accessories and is backed by a one year warranty.
The development phase has been completed. This campaign closes on January 5th 2014 and we plan to go into production on January 6th 2014. The factory is ready to start as soon as we give them the go ahead. The basic steps of the production process involve: prepping the PVC color sheets, gluing and cutting the re-enforced high density drop stitch fabric to our specified outlines, gluing the rails to our specified rocker lines, assembling the custom EVA deck pads and cutting the diamond groove texture pattern, adding all the handles, attachment points, deck pad, fins, valves, logos etc. The back pack carry bags will be made to our specs in a matching blue/ black color and packaged with in a box with all the included accessories. We will add updates with photos of the boards in production so you can follow this process. The manufacturing process is expected to take 75 days and should be completed by mid March 2014. The boxes are then shipped to our warehouse location where we will assemble the boxes with the included upgraded accessories for the Kickstarter campaign. The boxes will then be shipped to our backers by UPS Ground in the US or via Delta or United Air Cargo for international orders. You will be able to enjoy your new board no later than May 2014. Most of our smaller awards will ship out in January after the campaign closes by USPS Priority Mail.
Risks and challenges
Blue Planet has been in business for 20 years and we take our reputation very seriously. We do our very best to make sure every customer is satisfied.
The biggest risk is that production takes longer than anticipated due to unforeseen delays. Once the project is funded on January 1st, 2014, we expect to be able to manufacture and ship all orders by April or May 2014. We have extensively tested our products and stand behind them. There is a full 1 year warranty on the boards and accessories and your satisfaction is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not fully satisfied with your Blue Planet products, we are offering a full refund if you return the product within 30 days. In other words, your risk is low and we will make sure every backer is more than happy, we appreciate your support!
Yes, if you are on Oahu: We have a 10'6" x 34" Multi tasker Air prototype board available for demo at our shop in Honolulu. It's a great board and we think that if you get a chance to try it, you will love it. So come by our shop and mention this Kickstarter campaign and we will let you demo the board for free (along with the 3 piece carbon travel paddle).
Terms: We only have one of these boards in the shop, so we are limiting the use to same day return (we are open daily 10 am to 6 pm, you can pick it up any time after 10 am and must return it by 5:30 the same day, if you keep it overnight, our regular rental fees will apply). First come, first served, we won't take reservations for this offer, one free demo per person only. ID Card, credit card deposit authorization, and signed rental agreement are required. For more information on our SUP rental program, please visit:
If you are on Oahu we are also offering you these additional benefits: If you choose local pickup you can choose a 12V electric pump instead of the free shipping offer (see project updates). We will also allow Kickstarter backers on Oahu to use our 10'6" inflatable demo board on a first come first served basis for daily rentals at no charge until your board arrives.
The warranty covers any issues caused by manufacturing defects for one year from date of receipt. Damage caused by abuse or wear and tear is not covered by this warranty. These boards are very durable and are ideal for use around rocks and docks, boats etc. A repair kit is included and can be used for DIY repairs if necessary. Paddles are covered under the one year warranty, broken paddles are replaced in most cases. We will make the determination to replace or repair a covered item on a case by case basis.
That depends on what you will use the board for and how tall you are/ how much you weigh.
The 10'0 and 10'6 are great all-round boards that work well in any body of water and will also surf well. For heavier paddlers or those who want to use the board in whitewater, for fishing, camping or multiple passengers, we recommend the more stable 10'6 x 34" model, while lighter weight paddlers will find the 10'0 x 32" a little more nimble and quicker.
For those that want to paddle mostly longer distances, we recommend the 12'6 x 30" model, the fastest board in the lineup. The length and narrower width gives it more speed, better glide and tracking although it will also be a little more tippy than the wider boards and less suitable for use in the surf.
If you are still not sure, please call us at our shop, see FAQ below.
Yes, we are here to help you!
Please call our shop during our business hours from 10 am to 6 pm Hawaii time. We are open every day (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day) and are happy to help you with any questions. Our shop phone number is:
(808) 596 7755
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