Launching the first-ever official ShakaBall sets!
With this Kickstarter campaign, we are officially launching ShakaBall... The proceeds of the first small-batch that we manufactured will be used to fund a larger bulk production run and help us bring ShakaBall to the world! Thank you so much for supporting the campaign, and we are excited about the fun times we know you'll have playing ShakaBall with your friends and family!
ShakaBall started as a surfer's beach game...
ShakaBall was invented by surfer's, using ropes, towels and beach paddles, on the sand while waiting for waves. But because it was so much fun to play, it started to become the main event among friends hanging out on the beach or the backyard... and can be played by anyone.
The game has continued to be a hit since introduced to more and more players, and our excitement in sharing it has resulted in this Kickstarter campaign - we want more players (and backers) to join the ShakaBall tribe!
ShakaBall can now be played anywhere
ShakaBall is easy to pack and carry. With a convenient 'grab and go' backpack, and it can go with you to all of your favorite places!
While we still love playing on the beach, ShakaBall can be set up anywhere in the world where we can find a patch of flat ground and a few friends...
Easy to throw in the back of the car or van, it's a mandatory addition on any surf safari or camping trip... #surflife #vanlife
Why is it so fun?
OK, so now you know ShakaBall is easy to carry, and easy to set up... but the REAL magic happens when you're in the heat of the competition. The rules of the game are quite simple, but the state of play escalates quickly as you sharpen your rapid-fire paddle skills.
Never underestimate the cunningness of your opponents, and don't be afraid to pull out some of your own tricks from your proverbial sleeve. Protect your slice, eliminate your opponents, and be a champion! #ShakaBaller
Anyone who has played knows how hard it is to put the paddle down once you get into the game. And if you're new to ShakaBall, get ready to find yourself caught up in the moment. Visit the Q&A link at the top of the page if you'd like to learn a little more about the rules of the game.
Step 1: Set up quickly.
First, hold the center circle out to 'pop' open, and place it down on the ground where you are going to play. Next, pull each of the four black 'spoke' straps straight out from the center circle, so they are extended to create 4 even(ish) slices. Last, lay out the red strap as the outer boundary, and attach the end of the black straps to the red strap with the velcro.
Pop & Drop...
1 minute set up...
Perfect on the beach or the grass...
Step 2: Play to win. Be a baller.
Defend your slice! Each player is trying to avoid getting a 'burn', which occurs when the ball lands in your slice (or you hit it out of bounds). The game is won when you outplay your opponents and they are all eliminated (when they get 7 burns). Once one game is over, you'll just want to start a new one. Don't be surprised when friends (and others from around the beach) are eagerly waiting to take their turn to take on the champion.
Step 3: Pack up. Go surfing.
Well, that is what we often do. But ShakaBall also pairs exceptionally well with camping, hiking, biking, rock climbing, picnics, barbecues, lawn olympics... and pretty much anything outside that you love doing with friends.
ShakaBall takes just minutes to put away. Pull the velcro of the black straps off of the red strap, and quickly coil the red strap around your palm and your elbow to pack it back in the bag. Collapse the center circle by twisting it into itself (yes, you will be judged by how smoothly you do this), and pack it in the bag with the paddles and balls. Clean-up is done!
Snap & wrap...
1 minute pack up...
Designed, tested and redesigned for smart simplicity
Keeping it simple means designing as smartly as possible. We went through seven different prototype rounds to get to the final version that we are launching as the final product.
Important design considerations included:
- ease of set up & take down (each prototype design was timed, and then re-designed for improvement)
- packable design, that fit in a convenient carry bag (collapsible center was a huge step!)
- weight of the court that is light enough to carry anywhere, but heavy enough to play in wind once it was laid down on the ground (tested in 50 mph winds!)
- resilience of the materials to withstand sand, dirt and water (and even tested in snow!)
- can be ordered at scale to keep costs down, with dependable manufacturers
- no cheap plastic structures that easily break or become floating trash in our oceans
ShakaBall sets, and Kickstarter rewards
Every ShakaBall set comes with:
- a Shakaball court (with collapsible center and boundary straps)
- four ShakaBall paddles and two balls (in case you lose one)
- a easy-carry ShakaBall backpack, with ball pocket and mesh can/bottle holder
- BONUS REWARDS: we will include ShakaBall beach towels, koozies, and headbands in some of the special Kickstarter tiers, which will be sent along with your ShakaBall sets
Timeline & production
After a year and a half, and eight rounds of prototyping with our manufacturers, we're finally set up and ready to roll! Pleased with the results of all the rounds of prototyping, designing and testing, we've manufactured the first wave of product, and funds from your support of this Kickstarter campaign will fund the larger wave of product distribution and marketing.
So with product and packaging now ready to ship, here is the delivery plan:
- December 1 - December 20: run our Kickstarter campaign!
- December 20 - January 1: send our backers the goods!
We have manufactured the first batch of ShakaBall sets to sell on Kickstarter, and the proceeds will be used to fund the larger bulk manufacturing order to bring ShakaBall to the world. We will send out your ShakaBall set as soon we can after you order (after the campaign reaches its goal), and if you selected to have multiple sets sent out to your favorite beach and lawn game fanatics, we will send those out as well (USPS or UPS ground).
While a delivery date is not officially guaranteed, we've done a lot of pre-work to make sure the initial beta product is 'ready to ship' so we're ready to ship and very confident that you'll get it soon after you order it. For international orders, we'll have to use a different shipping service depending on the destination, so it's harder to give an estimate on delivery time.
Risks and challenges
The hard work bringing ShakaBall to life is pretty much behind us - we worked diligently with multiple manufacturers reviewing and testing dozens of materials over the past year. At the same time, as gamers ourselves, we refined the game design iteratively as we played to arrive at a perfect balance of physical challenge and social mingling. We love ShakaBall, and we want to share it with you and your friends!
We're new to the manufacturing and import world, so we have inevitably been learning along the way. Given that this is a physical good, we're of course subject to all the typical problems associated with the manufacturing and shipping process, and the risk always remains of unexpected delays (eg. defects, sourcing mishaps, customs delays and port strikes). But for our first production run, we wanted to eliminate all the risks of getting the product to the backers on time. So we ordered the first wave of product ahead of time and have it ready to ship!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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