The curfboard® reward for your pledge
The curfboard® will have a wheel base of about 63 cm and the beautiful bamboo deck is about 84cm long and 23cm wide. The trucks are 15cm wide, the wheels are 78a with ø70mm.
As these boards are still prototypes the final serial product and reward could be differently in shape and details.
Stephan and Jonas Augustin from Munich, Germany have developed a completely new skateboard truck which works without rubbers or springs and does not need to be adjusted by a kingpin screw on the rider's weight or the driving characteristics. This is done now by gravity as the restoring force and thus it is self-regulating. Light weight or heavy riders, fast descents or radical turns, everything is now possible, spontaneous and with full control at any time. Due to this patented 4-hinge suspension this surfskate / carving truck is extremely well suited for pumping without pushing the board with your feet, but you can drive and even accelerate elegantly through the body movement like surfing or snowboarding, even uphill.
Beside being a radical sports product the curfboard® can also be used for relaxed urban commuting with a big smile on your face.
Advantages compared to existing surfskate- and carving trucks
– lower distance to the ground
– perfect control and precise response
– no speed wobbles on front truck
– no wheel stopper at radical turns
– no adjustment of rubbers or springs
– no wear and replacement of rubbers or springs
– less weight
– self regulating depending on the riders driving style and weight
– easy conversion of existing boards
– no aditional distance plates at the rear truck
– high quality, design and engineering in Germany
Just in time before the Kickstarter launch, we received these great testimonilas from professionals in surfing and skateboarding testing the curfboard.
Hey guys, thank you so much for your comments and support!
Patrick Switzer and Michel Larronde.
Last chance to get your curfboard®!
The Kickstarter campaign ends on Wednesday 26th at 18.00 pm.
Check out our 3rd and last video of curfboard® shot on the beaches and boulevards in California.
Here some quotes of surfers at the famous Eisbach river wave in Munich.
Watch the latest clip from our test ride at the Munich Olympia Park which was insane with an overwhelming feedback...
Since our new truck perfectly conveys the ride characteristics and feel of a surfboard on asphalt, we merged “carve” and “curve” with “surf” into a new art word: „curf“.
Thus our new brand is now „curfboard“ backed by the domain: curfboard.com
My heritage / credibility:
The story begins in the 80s
Like almost all the kids at the end of the 70’s I started up with a skateboard. At the age of 14 years, I learned windsurfing on a Mistral Competition and was fascinated from the first moment of gliding over the waves with wind speed. Shortly thereafter, I was on Bali and for the first time on a surfboard in the surf, which was overwhelming. At this time snowboarding was invented and we built our first boards with simple pressing and veneering. The bindings were made out of leather belts and the boots we had where…. Moon Boots. Far from being perfect.
That changed in the late 80s, when the first quite reasonable snowboards came on the market and the windsurfers improved. To the annoyance of my parents I built about 20 windsurfing boards and surfboards at home in our apartment.
In the early 90s I started to study Industrial Design at the University of Arts in Berlin and took the opportunity of student projects to bring my passion on the street. The first boards had only 2 wheels and used rubbers to reset the wheels.
Soon I had the idea to replace the rubbers against an intelligent kinematics, which utilizes the body weight as a restoring force. This gave birth to a variety of concepts.
In 1994 I presented my first 2-wheeled and self-regulating LandSurfer study without rubbers at the ISPO and FANATIC showed interest.
Unfortunately we found out soon that 2 wheels are not ideal and led to serious falls. The topic of gravity as restoring force instead of rubbers did not let me go of from then.
The grandparents of the curfboard ®
After graduating in the mid-90s and being in my home town Munich, I experimented on various concepts of skateboards with no moving parts. However, it soon turned out here that the differently oriented wheels slowed down the board when touching the street. But one aspect was notable. The movement and the driving behavior of these prototypes was like a snowboard. In a curve it turned on the edge and the board was calm and flat on the ground when driving straight ahead, similar to a snowboard.
Another very interesting project was a 4-wheeled skateboard, which could be driven very precisely without nervous speed wobbles due to a kinematic using gravity as the restoring force and which was very low over the ground.
The BMW STREETCARVER
Since my presentation at ISPO in 1994 I was privately in contact with the BMW chassis engineer Rudi Mueller, one of the last generalists and old hands who knew every detail of a car. Rudi himself was an avid snowboarder and surfer and had the fixed idea, like me, to transfer his passion on a land vehicle. BMW was interested to create a new product out of that.
I applied at BMW in 1997 and based on my experience of innovative skateboard kinematics I was hired and started in the Product Design department. For about 20 years, I am now at BMW and today I develop new e-vehicle concepts in the research department. In my spare time I keep working on my own projects.
Together, Rudi and I developed the STREETCARVER between 1997 and 2000 at BMW. We built about 10 different prototypes before we had defined the correct dimensions and harmony. It helped that we both had the same goal in mind and we knew exactly how it must feel like. A unique constellation and cooperation with lots of fun!
The technical feature of STREETCARVER was its progressive steering kinematics, which was self-adjusting via the weight of the driver by gravity only. The wheels tilted like a motorcycle and enabled much more dynamic rides. This was possible by connecting the arms with the base plates via ball joints, original pendulum supports of the stabilizer from the BMW 5 Series rear wheel axle.
When STREETCARVER came on the market in 2000, the reaction of the press was overwhelming and the product got several awards worldwide and was included in the permanent collection of museums in the world. Unfortunately production was stopped 2003.
… and the story now continues with the curfboard®.
Risks and challenges
The risks are less concept or technically based. Our hand made prototypes work without any problems under tough conditions over the last 10 month. Based on my professional background I know the product development processes very well including the predictable and unpredictable difficulties that could happen.
Timing is more difficult, as we have to rely on several partners and suppliers.
The GS reliability testing based on the EN DIN 13613:2009 standard for skateboards is the most critical point as this takes some weeks and if we figure out that some details have be modified we need aditional time for adjusting the serial tools and repeat the GS testing afterwards again.
Our goal is: Low risk, more fun!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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