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A multi purpose standing desk and exercise balance board.
A multi purpose standing desk and exercise balance board.
265 backers pledged $28,455 to help bring this project to life.

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Blue Planet Balance Surfer

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Available now: upgrade to all three balance modules for just $15 more.  Each module rotates by 90 degrees to give you a total of 7 balance settings.
Available now: upgrade to all three balance modules for just $15 more. Each module rotates by 90 degrees to give you a total of 7 balance settings.
Office mode to complete your standing desk setup.
Office mode to complete your standing desk setup.
Fun anywhere you take it.
Fun anywhere you take it.
Great for a challenging yoga session.
Great for a challenging yoga session.

Stretch Goals:

Please share our project with your friends to help up us reach our stretch goals and check the updates for videos.  We already reached our first stretch goal of $10k and added the XC- Extra Challenging Balance Module, which is comparable to standing on a very tippy stand up paddleboard.  We also hit our second stretch goal which adds an additional deck option.  When the campaign closes you can choose from: black or clear skate grip, or a Soft EVA Deck Grip, which is great for barefoot use.  

We are on track to reach our next stretch goal of $20K in pledges, so we have also added the Medium Balance Module, which provides a relatively easy balance challenge in all directions as well as rotation, comparable to a Fluidstance-type standing desk board.  It's a bit more challenging than the Easy Office Mode (board used without a balance module), but still easy enough to use without distracting from work.  When the campaign closes on August 15th, we will send our backers a survey that will let you choose the M- Medium, C- Challenging, or XC- Extra Challenging modules, or as a special offer to our supporters we are now offering all three for just $15 (msrp is $25 per module) with no additional shipping fees.  Each module has two different curves and can be rotated by 90 degrees, giving your Balance Surfer a total of 7 different balance challenge settings!  

To get all three balance modules, please increase your pledge by $15 before the campaign closes: This is only available to backers of the project who are pledging for a Balance Surfer which includes one balance module.  You will receive all three balance modules (two additional modules, valued at $25 each) for just $15 with no additional shipping fees.  We are not making any money on this but are offering it as a thank you to our backers.   This upgrade makes your Balance Surfer the most versatile balance board on the market with E, M, C, and XC balance modes.  Each module can be rotated by 90 degrees, giving you a total of 7 different balance settings.  Existing backers will have the option to add this upgrade after the campaign closes.  Mahalo for your support!

At $25k we will make a series of exclusive Balance Surfer Workout Videos.

At $30k we will create a Free smartphone app with Balance Challenge Games you can use with your Balance Surfer by placing your smartphone on the board, details coming soon.

At $50K and $100K of funding we will add more great features that we will announce as we get closer to these stretch goals.

Our Journey for a Better Balance Board:

What initially started as a quest for comfort, has now evolved into a patent pending design that provides 3 different levels of balance challenge in 1 tool-less Board.  Competing and training for long distance races like the Molokai to Oahu race kept me in shape but I was still experiencing back and neck discomfort after long days at my computer.  My chiropractor recommended raising my monitor to eye level, and I realized if I mounted it on an arm I could use it as a standing desk as well.  Standing up regularly helped my back but I was still prone to bad posture and would constantly lean against my desk and load one hip with all my weight. But after using an old balance rocker board I used for SUP training, I noticed how my posture improved from the small balance rocker which was requiring me to stand upright and centered yet still allowed me to focus on my work.  I began prototyping new balance board versions, hired a 3D designer to perfect the prototype design, researched manufacturers and here we are today.   

With 2 previously successful Kickstarter campaigns and such a great experience interacting with the crowdfunding community, we obviously thought of Kickstarter right away when deciding how to launch this product. We love bringing new products to this community and hope you can support us in this next launch. 

Aloha,

Robert Stehlik, founder and owner of Blue Planet Surf


Prototyping Evolution

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 With years of R&D, starting with the SUP balance trainers I have been working on since 2008, I was able to take ALL those separate needs and combine them into 1 design that allows for maximum versatility. Like with most products, it started with pen & paper. Here are a few sketches and photos from the early prototyping process.  

Early Sketches in the process
Early Sketches in the process
Adjusting the Module depth to test balance configuration.
Adjusting the Module depth to test balance configuration.
Testing different radiuses
Testing different radiuses
Complete Set with optional EVA Foam Deck
Complete Set with optional EVA Foam Deck
With all three balance modules, the Balance Surfer now has seven different balance settings
With all three balance modules, the Balance Surfer now has seven different balance settings
Fun for all ages!
Fun for all ages!
Great for workouts
Great for workouts

Standing Desk Integration with David Ching DMD

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Train Your Balance

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WHO BENEFITS

The Balance Surfer in office mode is an ideal way to improve posture, engage the core and increase blood flow while remaining fully focused when working at a standing desk. 

With the challenging balance module attached, the Balance Surfer is an excellent training tool for anyone wanting to improve their balance.  The unique 360 balance challenge of our patent pending design is optimized to simulate the balance required in boardsports, including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, foiling, skateboarding, snowboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing and any sport that benefits from good balance skills.   It's also great for physical therapy to strengthen muscles, joints, mobility work, and recovery after injury as the balance difficulty can be increased gradually.

HOW ITS GOING TO WORK

The initial funding from this project will cover the cost of the production molds required to make this patent pending design.  With our existing relationships to sports equipment factories, we were able to secure a timetable for production for this campaign and backers get an exclusive price that is is substantially lower than the regular retail price.  Your support of this project will help us gauge demand and fund the startup costs.  With the great support from early backers, have ordered the molds for the 7 ply mold pressed wood deck and the three balance modules and are on schedule to ship the Balance Surfer to our Kickstarter backers in October 2019.

The M, C and XC modules allow you to make the patent-pending balance surfer more challenging as your balance improves.
The M, C and XC modules allow you to make the patent-pending balance surfer more challenging as your balance improves.
The new medium balance module is great for use at a standing desk: its a bit more challenging than the easy mode (wood board without balance module) and allows rotation, while allowing you to focus on your work.
The new medium balance module is great for use at a standing desk: its a bit more challenging than the easy mode (wood board without balance module) and allows rotation, while allowing you to focus on your work.

Sustainable Manufacturing & Recycled Cardboard Packaging

Here at Blue Planet, As stand up paddle boarders and surfers, the ocean is our playground and we need to act as its shepherds. We do our best to use environmentally responsible materials, conserve energy, recycle and try to minimize our impact on the environment and the oceans. Here is a short video explaining how we incorporated those values into the Balance Surfer. 

Here is a Digital mock up of our recycled cardboard packaging. 

Packaging will be 100% recyclable cardboard, no foam or plastic packaging will be used
Packaging will be 100% recyclable cardboard, no foam or plastic packaging will be used
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Risks and challenges

Blue Planet has been in business for 25 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, we expect to be able to manufacture and ship all orders by October 2019. We have decades of experience manufacturing sports equipment and work very closely with our factories to maintain superior quality. 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. Our goal is to not just make everyone happy but to convert every backer into an ambassador of the Balance Surfer and the Blue Planet brand

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

Proven skateboard technology with 7 ply wood and high quality standards translate into a long lasting product that you can enjoy for years to come.

Reusability and recyclability

All packaging materials will be made of recyclable cardboard and paper products, no plastic or foam packaging will be used.

Sustainable materials

Deck is made using sustainably grown wood or bamboo, plywood is glued using environmentally friendly adhesive.

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    You like what we are doing and want to support the cause without expecting anything in return. Maybe you have benefited from our instructional videos or free SUP Clinics and want to give back. We appreciate your support!

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    DAWN PATROL - Balance Surfer

    Limited early backer special for those true dawn patrollers. Includes Blue Planet Balance Surfer and one Balance Module. This patent pending design provides maximum versatility with the toolless 3 in 1 design. And the conversion only takes seconds.

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    Blue Planet Balance Surfer

    Includes Blue Planet Balance Surfer and one Balance Module. This patent-pending​ design provides maximum versatility with the tool-less 3 in 1 design. And the conversion only takes seconds.

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    Balance Surfer- free pick up in Honolulu

    Includes Blue Planet Balance Surfer and one Balance Module. This patent-pending​ design provides maximum versatility. Get more than 50% off retail and no shipping fees by picking up your reward at Blue Planet Surf Shop at 540 Ward Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, includes one Balance Surfer and one Balance Module.

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    NEW REWARD: Balance Surfer Complete Set

    We have committed to our third stretch goal of offering three different Balance Modules and are now offering this complete package with an expected retail price of $169. If you already backed our project: We will offer all early backers the opportunity to upgrade and add the two additional balance modules for just $15 more after the campaign closes, or you can change your original pledge to this complete package which includes Medium, Challenging, and Extra Challenging balance training modules. The shipping cost is the same as the single module package: $25 anywhere in the United States, and $60 for International Shipping.

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    Balance Surfer 2 pack.

    Two-pack at the early backer price. Double the fun and save on shipping costs. Includes two Balance Surfers and two balance modules.

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    Balance Surfer 2 pk- pick up in Honolulu

    Two-pack at the early backer price. Double the fun and no shipping charges if picked up at Blue Planet in Honolulu. Includes two Balance Surfers and two balance modules. Please add $15 per board to your pledge if you would like to receive all three balance modules (change pledge to $149 to receive two boards with six modules)

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    OFFICE 3 pack.

    Get a three-pack​ of balance surfers for the office at the early backer price and save on shipping. Includes three Balance Surfers and three balance modules.

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    OFFICE 5 pack

    Maximize productivity for the whole office, plus you will want one for the gym and one for the home office. Get a 5 pack at the early backer price and save on shipping. Includes five Balance Surfers and five balance modules.

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    Balance Surfer- free pick up in Honolulu

    Get the best deal and no shipping fees by picking up your reward at Blue Planet Surf Shop at 540 Ward Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, includes one Balance Surfer and one Balance Module.

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Funding period

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