I am making a 39.75" x 10" longboard that folds up. As part of my project, I am also making a Quick Release Kingpin (see pic below). So if it seems as though we are doing two products in one, We are! This board fits into all kinds of lockers, laptop backpacks, bear caves, and people's hearts with room to spare. If our goal number seems low to you, we are not crazy. Please read our goals section for the details.
WARNING: If you get this board, people will stop you to ask you about it.
One day my brother that was visiting from California decided he wanted a board to ride on while at his college campus out in Ca. While, he loved the smoother ride of a longboard, he claimed he just had no where to stash it during class. So, he got a frankenstein (shortboard w/ longboard wheels and trucks) instead.
In that moment, it became clear that while I love carrying my giant longboard into class, not eveyone does. So, this board was designed for him. He loved it. Then, I wanted to have one. I loved it. And now, I want to share it with everyone. You will love it.
I have designed a fun quick release kingpin. While these Quick Release Kingpins are an essential part of our Urban Sloop board, they are also quite handy on just about any board. They are especially useful on mini cruisers 'cause they are often the difference that allows you to actually zip your backpack.
1) STORAGE - Whether on Mini cruisers, Sloops, or just regular longboards, quick release kingpins allow riders to remove their hangers which makes storing boards easier.
2) TENSION - Our specialized kingpins allow you to adjust the tension on your bushings anywhere without tools.
3) HANGER FLIP - When you don't need a tool, You can flip your hanger at any time.
4) HANGER SWITCH - with hangers this easy to remove you can just take an extra set of hangers with a different length or wheel set-up around with you. That way you can switch from hard sliding wheels to soft cruising wheels in a snap.
It is important to remember that this board is meant to be a different kind of board. This board is not simply a longboard that folds. It is its own creature - with its own maneuvers and feel.
1) GREAT RIDE - People love the flex and the feel of this deck. You can not get this kind of feel on a 1 piece deck and definitely not on a little plastic board.
2) SIZE MATTERS - This board can be stowed many places by folding it with the wheels still attached. It can be stored almost anywhere (including most backpacks) when the wheels are removed.
3) SECURITY - The number one reason that people I know used to ride longboards but then stopped, "My board was stolen." Storing a board isn't just about convenience, it is about security too.
4) DIFFERENT MANEUVERS - You can do things on this deck that you can not on a 1 piece deck.
My goal has always been to get at least 50 of these boards out to the public. To make it to this point, I have had to work in my backyard and, call in many favors from friends and family. To make this project go to the next level, I need some support from everyone out there. Hopefully, through the miracle of indiegogo, we can do it. $5,000 Total is the initial goal.
Due to the timing of our project, we are dividing our fundraising efforts into two parts. The first part will end on December 7th so that we can deliver our prototype backer benefits in time for the Holiday season. Then, we will immediately repost the project to gather the remaining amount.
10K -All boards will have Indiegogo # laser etched on their board
20K -Aluminum support Plates become available
40K - Screws passing through metal plates will be countersunk
60K - Drop-thru model will become available
80K - Center Handle will be contoured to fit a hand
100K - Metal will be recessed to be flush with wood
120K - ???
By the stretch goals set, you can probably tell that we have some big plans in store for our board design. While monetary goals are cool, the real goal here is to get some nasty boards to the people that want them. The attainment of our stretch goals will be based on the total amount raised in both fundraising efforts.
Allocation of Funds
The majority of money will go towards parts and labor. However, there are many other expenses to be considered. Some of the money will go toward the costly patenting process. Depending on the final number of backers, some money may need to go toward getting a new worksite. If any funds are left over after those are covered, I would like to invest it in the website.
The warning at the top is not a joke. Whenever I ride my board, people ask me all kinds of questions. So, if you get this board be prepared to talk to strangers. Also not a joke - don't take their candy.
My Fam - for being everything from crash test dummies, to artist, and doing it all with patientience
Allison - The loving Girl Friend that shows her support in her own special way. Like so quickly volunteering to write the "Don't Encourage Him" cards.
Nice Lady (a.k.a. Cassie from beastink) - for doing some sick designs
Dee of deenuncio.com - for being so crazy asiany & for great advice on all things digital marketing
Jimmy from Locals Surf Shop - Juno Beach
Raina, Peter, and Crew from Freeride Surf Shop - Gainesville, FL
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
I have recently started making my own sushi. I suppose one time it could go poorly and put me in the hospital. Or, one of the Kardashians could run for President. Let it sink in...terrifying. So, it seems as though there are quite a few risks in the world out there.
But, barring a zombie apocalypse - the primary risk is manufacturing.
Some parts of the project will be manufactured by 3rd parties and negotiating prices and timelines tends to take awhile. However, I have had preliminary conversations with reputable manufacturers already.
Other parts will be assembled by our crew. The number of Backers that decide they want to support us will dictate if our current facility is big enough or, if we need to move to another one. But, I have already begun addressing this issue as well - just in case everyone in the world wants to be part of our project.
While these are legitimate challenges, I have come to take pride in being able to address issues as they arise. It is what makes this crazy process so rewarding. It should be said that the challenge here is more about hitting our goals on time not so much about hiting the goals in general.
The last, and scariest, risk is that not enough people will back the project. I say it is the scariest risk because it is the one that I have the least control over. The only way to overcome that risk is for you to let everyone know about our project. By the way, this board would be crazy handy in a zombie apocalypse - just sayin.