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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 22 2014

About

* Patent Pending World Wide
* Patent Pending World Wide

The world's first and only toy that catches ocean waves and rides them all the way to shore! Kids and adults can stay safe in the shallows while  throwing the Surfer Dude into the ocean. Every Surfer Dude will turn right side up, point toward the beach, then catch its own wave and surf back to the shore.

We've completed over two years of prototyping and field testing. All that's left is to raise enough funds to create the molds and order the first production run of this amazing beach toy. At long last, our journey has brought us to KICKSTARTER.

Surfer Dudes started as an idea I had when I saw my 8-year-old son watching his older brother surfing. The little guy was far too small to be out in the big waves on his own. So, he would stand in the shallow water and watch his brother and the older guys surfing for hours. I decided to make him an exciting toy to play with near the beach that would keep him safe, but also entertain him all day. Once I had created the first version of the toy, not only did my youngest son play with it, but his older brother and friends started playing with it as well. They were fascinated by the fact that this toy could surf better than they could!

Surfing is an amazing sport! You become one with the forces of nature, learning an appreciation and respect for the ocean. With Surfer Dudes, I saw an opportunity to allow kids everywhere the chance to feel like they were actually surfing and experience the same magical forces that surfers feel. This unique design means children never have to go more than waist deep in the water to enjoy the surfing experience. Simply throw a Surfer Dude out into the waves and watch him ride back like a pro! The video below shows kids playing with my original prototypes that surfed just as well as the professionally made prototypes that are now ready for manufacturing.

VIDEO USING ORIGINAL HANDMADE PROTOTYPES: 2012

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This is the ONLY toy like this in the world, folks. After doing an extensive world-wide patent search, Surfer Dudes is now the first patent of its kind. Unbelievable, right?! There are plenty of toys out there that float on water without any help, but none—absolutely none of them—can actually catch their own waves and ride them back to shore. This design adds to the safety of Surfer Dudes because there is never any reason to go out into deep water. Each Surfer Dude will always, always, always come back to shore on its own. As long as there are waves breaking on the shore, you can play with these without ever getting your feet wet!

Imagine a day at the beach with the kids. What do you bring? Maybe some buckets, shovels, and other beach accessories? The Surfer Dudes will entertain your kids for hours while keeping them SAFE in shallow water. Remember, having to entertain your kids on the beach all day  turns a day of relaxation into real work!

Now imagine how excited the kids would be if they could feel like they were part of the surfing action. They can stay safely in shallow water and chase this fun and unique toy as it comes back again and again, doing different tricks on different waves. Surfer Dudes never catch a wave the same way twice! Each ride is unique due to the adaptable design of the board and wing.

Months of testing were needed to create this simple-looking but extremely complex beach toy. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to create a simple toy that stays upright in the water, spins toward the beach, and catches its own waves.

When it flips over, the Dude on the board acts as a temporary keel, stopping the toy from spinning wildly out of control and continuing the forward progress. The wave naturally kicks the toy back over and the wing locks back into the wave, taking control and keeping the toy in the wall of the wave (the sweet spot). Surfer Dudes conquer all kinds of forces and currents in the waves as they stay upright and shoot toward the shore.

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Each Surfer Dude is made from high-quality material and manufactured right here in America. Lightweight EVA foam keeps the little Dude afloat in the water, and every board comes with a non-toxic coating that is safe for kids, animals, and dads.

The little Dude himself is made from ABS plastic with a bottom wing  durable enough to survive even the most rigorous of beach trips.

It isn't just kids who love Surfer Dudes. I had a hard time prying them from the hands of my older boys once they saw what I had created for my youngest. They ditched their real boards and hung out on the beach for hours tossing Surfer Dudes into the waves and watching them ride to shore. It's great fun for the whole beach clan! And let's not forget the family pup. My dog, Thor, always has a great time chasing Surfer Dudes through the water and grabbing them by their colorful mohawks. The hair of Surfer Dudes was carefully designed without any sharp edges—perfect for chewing and safe for eyes!

Because Kickstarter Rocks!!!

No, seriously. Kickstarter is the perfect place to share Surfer Dudes with the world. We believe in this toy and we think others will, too. The Kickstarter community is one that knows the good ideas from the bad, and we're convinced Surfer Dudes belongs with the good. This site has proven time and time again that there is no better incubator for future success. With your help, we can make this dream a reality.

The realization of Surfer Dudes is just over the horizon. Between here and there is the money to make the plastic injection molds to begin production. Everything we're raising on Kickstarter is being funneled directly into the immediate production of this awesome beach toy.

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Transparency is very important to us! Here's the financial breakdown of what we will do with the funding from Kickstarter:

$45k — Order the plastic injection molds to be made in our American factories using American material

$15k — Place the first order of Surfer Dudes to be made from our molds

$10k — Rewards and shipping, Kickstarter and Amazon Payments fees

Reward Creation & Delivery: With a successful Kickstarter campaign, Surfer Dudes will be ready for manufacturing within four months and ready for shipping as rewards the following month. Estimated delivery is July 2014. The timeline looks like this:

  • February 2014: Receive Kickstarter funding; Order Surfer Dudes plastic injection molds for manufacturing
  • April 2014: Place first order of Surfer Dudes
  • May/June 2014: Receive completed Surfer Dudes
  • June/July: Add custom airbrushing if applicable; ship all rewards along with stickers and tee shirts

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to check out our little toy on Kickstarter. May the New Year bring you great happiness and may your karma be ever golden.

Risks and challenges

We have already overcome many of the initial hurdles that one faces when launching a new product. Hundreds of hours of testing and prototyping have already been done to get our toy to the finished stage we are at now. As a child's toy, we researched all plastics and foams that are non-toxic and safe to arrive at our chosen materials. Also, all materials have to stand up to UV rays and salt water due to the environment this toy will be used in.

All the patent work has been completed and filed in America and internationally. We have design and utility patents that are in place world-wide protecting the intellectual property that makes this toy unique. In addition, we have already located the companies in the United States that will be manufacturing this toy for us—and they will only be using raw materials made here in the U.S.

We feel that this will be an easy product to distribute. We know exactly where our customers for this toy will be…along the coasts of Florida, to start! I cannot imagine any beach store or chain store that would not gladly help us sell this toy along with their other beach supplies. And, since Florida gets around 100 million visitors each year, we feel very confident that these little toys will be surfing all over the world in the near future. Florida is the most visited tourist destination in the world!

Yet we cannot make this happen without your help. Kickstarter has made it possible for people like me to present their product publicly and ask for help in bringing it to market. I have spent over two years and all the funds available to me to get to this point. Now with Kickstarter and your help, the last obstacle facing us in the near future is one we can hopefully and gratefully overcome together!

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    Get a super cool Surfer Dudes tee shirt and three Surfer Dudes Stickers—perfect for slapping anywhere. Try them on your board, your car, or your boss's chair to show support for this great new beach toy.

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    Get an ORANGE Dude! You will get your own orange Surfer Dude just in time for summer. We'll send you one safe, fun, and unique beach toy as soon as it pops off the production line (and three stickers for good luck). FREE shipping in the U.S.!

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    Get a BLUE Dude! You will get your own blue Surfer Dude just in time for summer. We'll send you one safe, fun, and unique beach toy as soon as it pops off the production line (and three stickers for good luck). FREE shipping in the U.S.!

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    Get a GREEN Dude! You will get your own green Surfer Dude just in time for summer. We'll send you one safe, fun, and unique beach toy as soon as it pops off the production line (and three stickers for good luck). FREE shipping in the U.S.!

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    BLUE Dude with inventor autograph! Get your blue Surfer Dude just in time for summer, along with three stickers and a tee shirt. Joe Thompson will autograph the underside of the Dude's surfboard so all the ocean fishies will know who made it. FREE shipping in the U.S.!

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    BLUE Dude with custom airbrushed name! You get one blue Surfer Dude, five stickers, and a tee shirt. We will also airbrush a name of your choice on the Dude's board. FREE shipping in the U.S.!

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    Visit the shop! For believing in Surfer Dudes enough to donate at this level, we'll fly you and someone else to Cocoa Beach, Florida from anywhere in the continental U.S. You will get a three night stay right here beachside on World Famous Cocoa Beach. You will also meet the inventor, Joe Thompson, and tour his studio workshop and art gallery. He will walk you through the design process of Surfer Dudes from inception to prototyping to manufacturing. Learn how this fun toy was initially designed and developed, then participate in some real-life field testing with Joe on world-famous Cocoa Beach! You will also receive stickers, tee shirts, and the Surfer Dude of your choice! A GREAT vacation on Cocoa Beach with artist/inventor Joe Thompson as your guide!

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