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By Kevin Rains
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A Safer Skateboard? This Inventor's Got It Handled

As Seen in Yahoo News.

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Kevin Rains isn't much of a skateboarder himself, but when he saw his son learning to snowboard, he realized that the skateboard business was in need of a product that makes it easier and safer for kids to learn.

After researching existing products and even registered patents, Rains, who was working in the mortgage business at the time, discovered there was nothing out there like what he had in mind. Rains envisioned a set of  handles that would attach to the skateboard or snowboard with flexible tubing and allow the user to hold onto something while learning to maintain their balance.

His idea has a safety component, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages 0 to 4 years, older adolescents ages 15 to 19 years, and adults ages 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition, almost half a million emergency room visits for TBI are made annually by children ages 0 to 14 years and falls cause half (50 percent) of those injuries.

Rains' product, which is called Krainkn, makes it easier for kids (and adults) to stand on and manipulate boards of all sorts while they get the hang of riding.

Getting the product off the drawing board and into production hasn't been easy. Rains built his first prototype with parts he purchased at the local Home Depot and Target. After he perfected his design, he used 3D printing technology to create an official prototype that could be used and thoroughly tested by kids at the local skate park. It was quickly clear Rains had a hit on his hands.

Now, Rains needs to get his product made. Having a mold created for mass production will cost about $6,000. To raise that money, plus what he'll need to produce the product and market it, Rains has turned to the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. His goal is to raise enough money to get the company off the ground by getting enough buyers to commit upfront. Those who commit to purchase a Krainkn product — customers can buy just the handles or a skateboard that comes with the Krainkin handles already attached — will be the first to get theirs when the products are made. (If Rains doesn't raise enough to meet his goal of $15,000, then no one's money will be taken and the products won't be sold that way.)

He'll be back to the drawing board looking for another way to finance his great idea.

Just Getting Started

Thanks for reading my first post on Kickstarter.

This has been a lot of fun. I'm in the process of clarifying my message to everyone.

This product was inspired by my youngest son. He was new to snowboarding and I thought that he could use some help. The best I could do, while standing on the bottom of the hill, was to fall back to the most basic coaching fundamental. "Athletic Stance" In all the sports I've played in my life, coached in my life and watched, everything starts with that simple statement. Now what does that actually mean?

  • 1. Knees Bent
  • 2. Butt Down
  • 3. Balanced Weight
  • 4. Head Up
  • 5. Back Arched
  • 6. Eyes Forward 
  • And plenty of other sport specific subtleties. 

So on to skateboarding. Athletic position is imperative. Even with the perfect stance and what do you do? You have virtually no control of the board. No intuitive way to stop. A turning radius worse then a small Kia. When you push with one of your feet you loose what little control you had with two. Any simple crack, bump or curb sends you crashing to the ground.


With "Krainkn" you have the control you need to get started. Security, comfort, balance and control of the board. You can use it to turn, jump up and down obstacles, stop and more. You are much more likely to continue riding your board. I would estimate that roughly 90% of all skateboards purchased for new riders find there way to the garage never to be used again.

My best advise if you have a child or beginner that wants to ride a skateboard. Get a better than average skateboard, protective gear, and of course a "Krainkn Kit". Riders will have immediate success. and  they will be able to get around without falling and crashing on the little things. This doesn't mean that they will be jumping down a huge set of stairs anytime soon. What it does mean is that the new rider will have some fun. The skateboard will not find it's way into the back of the garage any time soon. Yes we all grow out of things from our youth..... I don't ride my unicycle anymore, but I could if I really wanted to.