Swaky: Ride a Snowboard Like a Snow Bike | スノーバイクのように雪山を滑ろう
Swaky: Ride a Snowboard Like a Snow Bike | スノーバイクのように雪山を滑ろう
Swaky offers a completely new way to enjoy carving on a board. Fast, fun and totally inclusive – suitable for all ages and abilities.
Swaky offers a completely new way to enjoy carving on a board. Fast, fun and totally inclusive – suitable for all ages and abilities. Read more
Limited quantity, exclusive Kickstarter offer.
A former snowboard champion gave up his career due to injury. In order to get back on the slopes, he created a completely new way to carve on a snowboard. Now he wants to share his creation with winter-sports lovers worldwide.
What is Swaky?
Swaky is a new kind of winter sports gear that anyone can enjoy. It’s incredibly easy to master, but offers an experience that will satisfy even pro snowboarders. Whether you're young or old, physically disabled or able-bodied, Swaky is for you.
Ride it to the core
Grab the handlebars, and control your ride from the sweet spot on the seat. It lets you feel changes in the snow directly, and keeps you low to the ground for a thrilling sense of speed.
Who is Swaky for?
- snowboarders who want to try something new
- non-snowboarders who’ve tried ’boarding but couldn’t get the hang of it
- former snowboarders who’ve had to quit because of injury or other health concerns
- people with physical disabilities
- elderly people
“Swaky is a new sport, so naturally we get a lot of attention on the slopes,” says Moto Kubo, a former pro snowboarder. “I always tell people ‘It’s a sledge for adults!’ and everybody understands.”
As an instructor himself, he believes Swaky has huge potential. “With snowboarding you need a lot just to get started,” he says, “but you don’t need anything special to try Swaky. No special gear or boots. You just hop on and go. It’s really easy to master too.”
And does it have enough speed to satisfy Moto, who was one of the first pro-riders in Japan? “Yes, Swaky can be really quick once you get into it. It’s like playing with a sledge, but it’s the kind of play that adults can get serious about.”
- Motoharu Kubo, former pro snowboarder for Team Burton Japan
The Swaky story
Swaky’s creator, Toshiyuki Sueki, started snowboarding at the age of 19 and went on to win numerous domestic titles as a pro snowboarder. But in the summer of 2009, tragedy struck: during a training session, an accidental fall subjected his legs to an impact equivalent to dropping from a five-story building, crushing both of his ankles.
After undergoing seven surgeries in the space of a year, along with intensive rehabilitation, he’s able to walk again, but his ankle joints were immobilized for life.
However, Sueki's passion for snowboarding and the support of the winter sports community helped keep him going. As he gradually returned to the slopes, working as a race commentator and coach, he felt the need for a more convenient way to get around. In the end, he decided to design something himself – and Swaky was born.
Sueki was a still pro snowboarder at heart, so he kept refining his prototype until he had something he was really satisfied with. He tried a range of different bicycle seats and handlebars, and even motorbike suspension, in order to strike an ideal balance between strength and weight, and achieve the perfect ride.
Sueki and his supporters now dream of establishing Swaky as a major winter sport that can rank alongside skiing and snowboarding. It’s a new kind of sport that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age or physical disability.
Swaky has been developed, and hand-built in Japan since 2012. Now we are offering a limited quantity of Swaky's new model to international backers, to spread the action worldwide.
Swaky comes with a seat, handlebars, suspension frame and a special leash cord. It attaches to any standard 4 x 4 snowboard (not included).
Develop your own style
Swaky attaches to any standard 4 x 4 snowboard – including racing-type Alpine boards. Start with a short board then experiment with different shapes and sizes to fit your riding style.
Choosing the right board
The performance of Swaky changes depending on the terrain and the type of board you select. Your imagination is the only limit to how you ride Swaky, but there are certain combinations we can recommend:
- Groomer or Park rides: Go with freestyle boards. A slimmer board gives you better control and lets you enjoy carving.
- Off-piste or Tree runs: Powder boards can be used for these kinds of terrain, but since your feet are always pointed forward and close to the snow, you’ll need to be careful not to tip over.
- Races: Alpine racing boards are best. Choosing the appropriate board length for your skill level is the decisive factor for winning!
Swaky complete kit
We’ve developed a short freestyle board that’s suitable for all kinds of riding styles with Swaky. Its short overall length (132 cm) allows easy handling for beginners, and the board’s overall flex balance is optimized for Swaky. What’s more, stiffer torsional flex gives extra edge-hold to meet the performance needs of more advanced riders, ensuring stability and consistent control during high-speed carving.
- Full-wood core, sandwich construction
- Stainless edge
- Narrow waist
- Camber arched
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Kazuki Uchikoshi competed in the All Japan Chair Snowboard Championships last season, and acquired his pro license this year. “You’re sitting low to the ground, so it has a great sense of speed,” he says, describing the Swaky ride. “It’s really fun to control things by subtly shifting your weight in the seat.”
Kazu says Swaky offers an easy introduction to the art of carving: “With a snowboard, you have to learn how to stand on it first, but with Swaky you can skip all that and start riding the slopes at once.” He says there’s a lot to learn beyond that, though. “If you want to be able to race really quickly, you need to master carving. The beauty of Swaky, for me, is that it lets you experience the thrill of riding a 'board in a completely new way.”
- Kazuki Uchikoshi, snowboard instructor and pro Swaky rider
Sharing the Swaky experience
Swaky was born in 2012, and we established the Japan Chair Snowboard Association (JCSBA) in 2013 to help popularize it. We've been hosting trial rides and instruction sessions at various ski areas, with the aim of spreading the Swaky fun from Japan to the rest of the world.
Along with these outreach activities, we’ve also been holding All Japan Chair Snowboard Championships since 2014. But we're thinking bigger: one day, we hope we’ll even see a Swaky World Cup.
With this Kickstarter campaign, we want to build an international community of supporters. All backers will be invited to an exclusive community forum where we will share news about our activities, both domestically and internationally. We may even visit your home country to organize demonstrations and trial sessions.
At the same time, we want a likeminded snow-sports lovers worldwide to try Swaky for themselves — and, hopefully, to spread the word about this new and exciting sport. That's why we are offering Swaky in a very limited, Kickstarter exclusive edition. There will be no other chance to get Swaky at the same price anywhere.
After Kickstarter, we aim to take Swaky from the small-scale manufacturing level to factory-scale production, which will allow us to make it available to a wider audience in many countries. Let’s do it together.
All backers will be invited to an exclusive community forum where we will share news about our activities.
About Team Swaky
Toshi Sueki is Swaky's creator, but he's been helped by a group of supporters who helped him develop the product, chose a name and persuaded him to put it on the market.
For this Kickstarter campaign, we have partnered with K&L crowdfunding agency, which consists of Kenji Akimoto (creative director), Kohei Aida (digital planner), James Hadfield (copywriter), and Koji Okada (producer).
Risks and challenges
We have a fully assembled and tested, working product that’s ready to go to market. We are able to manufacture them domestically, and up to 100 units will be delivered internationally within 2017. We have also contacted several overseas suppliers to prepare for larger-scale production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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