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.
Robert Stehlik, founder and owner of Blue Planet Surf
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.
Standing Desk Integration with David Ching DMD
Train Your Balance
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.
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.
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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