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Tim & Rick BarrazaBy Tim & Rick Barraza
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Tim & Rick BarrazaBy Tim & Rick Barraza
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$917
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
33
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 7 2014 9:00 PM UTC +00:00

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Reserve your SKATO now by simply clicking on a pledge.  Your card will not be charged until we reach our goal.

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Skaters Worldwide, BE FIRST!  

*We are Stoked! to introduce The World's First Personal Retractable Tow Leash for Skaters, a brand new product for skaters that has never been made before in the history of skating! 

As the creators of SKÄTÖ™ we can only imagine what effect it will have on the Sport of Skating. You the Skaters will create the reality we envision and more. Be First to get your SKÄTÖ™ and begin perfecting and creating a whole New Area in Skating!     

Kickstarter pledgers, you are a huge part of the success of the SKÄTÖ™, if we do not reach our goal we will not be funded.  Please share this page with skaters everywhere! 

SKÄTÖ™Velocity Whip is Made in America

Support Made in America Products

The Original SKÄTÖ™ (pronounced Skate-Tow) Velocity Whip (pronounced SPEED!) was designed and is hand-made in Los Angeles, CA., and shipped from Venice, CA.The SKÄTÖ™ is a Southern California product.

Other ways to use the SKÄTÖ™

These are some of the possibilities how SKÄTÖ™ can also be used. As Crosstraining Fitness Tool as well as enhancing the Sports of Skateboarding and Rollerskating. As a Crosstrainer it will help build endurance and leg strength for Cycling, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Rollerhockey, Roller Derby, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding and more. Be First to improve your advantage in your sport with The Original SKÄTÖ™ VELOCITY WHIP! .

Our Goal

SKÄTÖ™ is production ready and our manufacturer has inventory on hand to assemble a thousand SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whips. With your Support and Reward Purchases our grassroots company will have the budget to initiate the operations and the Marketing Launch of SKÄTÖ™. We have big plans after we hit our goal including launching our web site "www.skato.us , putting a team on the road visiting skate parks sharing the SKÄTÖ™ and searching for our sponsored Skaters and BMX Teams. We intend to market the SKÄTÖ™ worldwide through the Internet, and all retailers/Skate Shops. We believe in the SKÄTÖ™ and so do skaters in Venice, CA. Manhattan Beach CA., and Hermosa Beach CA., our test market locations. We feel every skater whether competitive or casual will improve their personal skills and the overall skill level of the Sport of Skating as a result of using the SKÄTÖ™/Velocity Whip.

The Problem

Since the beginning of skateboarding, skaters have tied rope, attached belts and plastic garbage bags, wire clothes hangers or held onto a bicycle seat to get a free lift or gain enough speed to launch into a ramp, rail or other targets. All of these methods were hazardous for both skater and cyclist since any one of these could get caught in the wheels or chain of the bicycle. There has always been a need for a safe personal compact retractable tow and launch device the skater can carry on them or on a backpack that is readily accessible for a safe and quick tow or launch at any time.

Old Way

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 Problem Solved   

The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! solves the problems plus provides an amazing amount of fun. The SKÄTÖ™ heavy-duty retractor changes everything.  Now when you want a tow, you can get away from the bike similar to using a rope but without worrying about slack in the line.  The retractor Kevlar cord is attached to a heavy-duty stainless steel spring allowing perfect glide in and out, never leaving any slack in the line.

The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! is a personal retractable tow & launch device the skater carries by clipping onto a belt loop, backpack or placing into his or her pocket allowing for quick access to clip and unclip onto any bicycle seat (under-frame). Now a skater can simply clip on for SPEED!, have fun carving or just cruising without the fear of slack in the rope.  Cruising through campus? Clip on!  Cruising to school?  Clip on!  Cruising a bicycle path? Clip on!  Need more speed into a rail or ramp? Clip on! The skater no longer has to hook a rope or hold onto a bicycle seat.  Now the skater can now be pulled safely and easily by any cyclist, providing a fun way to cruise or launch a skater. 

New Way

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The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! is fun for all ages.

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 The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! = SPEED! 

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Comfortable rubber two finger open handle attached to a 47" Kevlar cord
Comfortable rubber two finger open handle attached to a 47" Kevlar cord
Ready to use anytime!
Ready to use anytime!
Safe and comfortable solid rubber open finger handle with 180lb break strength Kevlar cord
Safe and comfortable solid rubber open finger handle with 180lb break strength Kevlar cord

The SKÄTÖ™ Story

The adventure of creating The World's First Retractable Towline for towing skaters behind a bicycle began in 2007. After realizing there was a need for this type of device, my brother Tim and I began the journey. It took about 6 months and over $30k to produce our first 150 units of what we thought would be the perfect design. The first device mounted to the bicycle seat post and worked beautifully. However, when we began marketing it, we soon realized we were wanting to market to skaters but we had built a product for bicycles and would need to sell them to Bike Shops, not skate shops, and most skaters don't even own a bike. We now we realized we had to design another version, a hand held model that skaters could carry and attach to anyone's bike willing to give them a pull. We contacted our manufacturing partners and explained what we needed and quickly assembled what we are now offering as SKATO / Velocity Whip  State of the art Retractor designed to be Saltwater and Sand resistant with 180lb 47inch Kevlar Line tested for over 5 years with no breaking....

In the beginning.
In the beginning.

 How to clip on

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Clips on and off of most bicycle seats
Clips on and off of most bicycle seats

Manufacturing

We are ready to produce the SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! We currently have the supply to finish and fulfill a thousand units by March 2014 delivery, but we have to prepay to get the assembly started. Our manufacturer is local, producing quality products for over 20 years and has the facility to produce high volume. We will work closely on quality control and shipping of the product, as well as packaging.

We will always make the SKÄTÖ™ in Los Angeles because we live here and we can control the quality while supporting local businesses. There are no more adjustments or tweaking to be done. All of our tools are cast, and assembly and shipping are in place. The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! is ready to roll off the line and into the hands of skaters around the world.

Where funding is needed

Pay for Initial inventory

Packaging

Marketing

Operations 

Website

Merchandise 

100% spun-cotton t-shirts
100% spun-cotton t-shirts
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The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! Quality, Compact and Built Strong

•Strong aluminum carabineer for safe & quick clip on, clip off

•Secure 1” wide double stitched nylon webbing securing carabineer

•A patented heavy-duty hardened plastic self-cleaning retractor case that rids itself of sand and other debris inside while in use.

•Stainless steel retractor inner spring making it rust resistant

•A 47" Kevlar cord with 180 lbs. of break strength.  (Overall length 55" not including the skaters reach) The 180 lbs break can tow a person weighing much more because they are on wheels going in the same direction as the bicycle.

•Comfortable solid rubber, open two finger quick release handle

How the SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip Works for speed

The first concern is will it break?  Remember the skater and biker are on wheels both going in the same direction.  This reduces most of the stress on the 180 lb breaking point Kevlar cord, so it is unbreakable. The skater temporarily clips onto a bicycle seat while both cyclist and skater gain speed together.  Once skater approaches rail or ramp, the cyclist veers away from target allowing the skater to swing to the left or right of bike and whips! the Skater forward.  The Skater then releases handle and launches toward the target with maximum speed for greater air and/ or a longer grind! 

How the SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip Works for cruising

The skater clips onto a bicycle and the skater and cyclist simply cruise together allowing the skater to relax or have fun while carving.   

Research

The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip is the first non-mounted, retractable pull and launch device the skater carries on him or herself to temporally clip onto a bicycle seat at any time, while having full control without having to find a bicycle that has a retracting device permanently mounted. The skater has complete ownership and choice to clip onto any bicycle.

Design

We set out to build a personal, portable, retracting pull and launch device the skater could carry with them and store on their body or backpack. It had to be made in Los Angeles where we could control the quality. It had to be durable and break-proof to withstand competitive use. It had to be weather proof due to outdoor use.  It had to be a safe design suitable for children.   We found all of these components and are now patent pending and ready to build and distribute worldwide.

The overall length is 55" plus the arms reach, giving the skater plenty of space between him or her and the bicycle, providing a unified feeling between both skater and cyclist as they work as a team. The retractor inner spring is stainless steel with the outer case being a patented hardened plastic with self-cleaning ports.  The cord is Kevlar and will not break because skater and bicycle are going in the same direction.  We used a lightweight aluminum carabineer and a comfortable open finger rubber handle.   

Testing

The SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip has been tested for safety, strength and fun at Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach on hundreds of skaters.  After 5 years of testing it has proven itself to be unbreakable. The most common review term has been “SICK! ,Why has no one ever come up with this? When and where can I get one?"

Mission

To advance the sport of skateboarding with speed.

To create a team sport relationship with BMX riders and skaters

To create the SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! Pro Team to perform at XGames worldwide

 To make towing a skater easier

Appreciation

With the support of the Kickstarter Pledge, we will launch to the entire world of skaters!  Thank you for your pledge and stay tuned for updates

Risks and challenges

We do not expect any delays in delivering The SKĀTŌ™ by mid-February 2014. We hope the Kickstarter Pledger will forgive us for basic packaging on our first deliveries. The SKĀTŌ™ can ship just fine wrapped in a Venice newspaper and placed securely in a box. When we reach our goal we will begin production. The earlier we hit our goal the quicker we can pay for and start production. The packaging is needed mostly for retailers and we will meet our deadline for them.

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    Thank you for believing in our vision.
    Please accept a thank you letter signed by the inventors plus a pack of SKÄTÖ™ stickers and your name listed on our Facebook page as one of the original Kickstarter SKÄTÖ™ team members. Thank You for your pledge.

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    One Black 100% spun-cotton t-shirt with our logo "The SKÄTÖ™ printed on front. Also receive a thank you letter signed by the inventors plus a pack of SKÄTÖ™ stickers and your name listed on our Facebook page as one of the original Kickstarter SKÄTÖ™ team members. Free shipping in the US. Thank You for your pledge.

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    Kickstarter BE FIRST! SPECIAL Receive one SKÄTÖ™ (retail $39.50) and a thank you letter from the inventors with a pack of stickers and your name listed on our Facebook page as one of the original Kickstarter SKÄTÖ™ team members. Free shipping in the US. Thank you for your pledge and support.

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    Kickstarters, if you missed the BE FIRST! specials, no problem! We have a pre-sale special for all our Kickstarter supporters. Pledges receive one SKÄTÖ™ (retails for $39.50) plus a thank you letter from the inventors with a pack of stickers and your name listed on our Facebook page as one of the original Kickstarter SKÄTÖ™ team members. Thank you for your pledge and support. Free shipping in the US

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    Kickstarter combo-Special, Receive one SKÄTÖ™ Velocity Whip! (retails for $39.50) Plus a soft -spun cotton logo t-shirt and a thank you letter from the inventors with a pack of stickers and your name listed on our Facebook page as one of the original Kickstarter SKÄTÖ™ team members. Free shipping in the US. Thank you for your pledge and support.

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