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What is Swaky?

Swaky - the Chair Snowboard
Swaky - the Chair Snowboard

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. 

Swaky is fast, fun and totally inclusive
Swaky is fast, fun and totally inclusive

Ride it to the core

Swaky offers a new way to ride the slopes
Swaky offers a new way to ride the slopes

Swaky can be attached to any standard 4 x 4 snowboard. 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.

Moto Kubo believes Swaky has huge potential
Moto Kubo believes Swaky has huge potential

“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 is named after its creator, former pro snowboarder Toshiyuki Sueki
Swaky is named after its creator, former pro snowboarder Toshiyuki Sueki

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.

Toshi Sueki and friends on the slopes
Toshi Sueki and friends on the slopes

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.

The very first Swaky
The very first Swaky

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.

Create 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. You can also have fun customizing Swaky with different parts or colors to match your board!

Customize your ride, carve through like a pro
Customize your ride, carve through like a pro

Sharing the Swaky experience

Taking Swaky from Japan to the world
Taking Swaky from Japan to the world

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.

People who join Swaky trial rides get a wrist band in exchange for their participation fee, with proceeds donated to a disabled sports charity
People who join Swaky trial rides get a wrist band in exchange for their participation fee, with proceeds donated to a disabled sports charity

What's next? 

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. Kickstarter is our first step, but our next target is to collect 1,000 backers worldwide. Once we reach the factory production stage, we plan to offer Swaky at a more affordable price.

The future is Swaky
The future is Swaky

Basic Kit

Basic Kit
Basic Kit

Swaky comes with a seat, handlebars, suspension frame and a special leash cord. It attaches to any standard 4 x 4 snowboard (not included).

  • Handlebars 
  •  Main frame 
  •  Floating system 
  •  Suspension 
  •  Leash cord
The special leash cord comes in red or blue
The special leash cord comes in red or blue

Swaky can be easily disassembled and reassembled with a hex wrench within 15 mins.

Swaky fits in a carry-on suitcase
Swaky fits in a carry-on suitcase

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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 a movie director, a digital marketing planner, and a copywriter.

Team Swaky and supporters
Team Swaky and supporters

 

K&L partners with Team Swaky to take it to the world
K&L partners with Team Swaky to take it to the world

 

Swaky product images photographed by Soichi Hayashi from SOICHI HAYASHI PHOTOGRAPHY.

Risks and challenges

We have a fully assembled and tested, working product that’s ready to go to market. We are able to manufacture a few hundred units domestically, and up to 120 units will be delivered internationally within 2017. We have also contacted several overseas suppliers to prepare for larger-scale production.

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    Be the first in your area to ride Swaky! Delivered via EMS in time for this winter's ski season. One Swaky body + special leash cord. (Snowboard not included.)

    あなたの周りで最初のSwakyライダーになりませんか?Swaky ×1台とリーシュコードを、国際EMS便でこの冬シーズンにお届け。(スノーボードは含まれません。)

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    Swaky ×1台とリーシュコードを、お得な配送料で確実な船便でお届け。南半球の皆さまには良いチョイスかも?(スノーボードは含まれません。)

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