Koastal is a family business run by Derek Horn, Brad Horn, and Ryan Horn. We are a family of surfers driven to provide a line of quality products that are crafted in Southern California here in the USA.
Brad has been manufacturing skateboards for the industry since 1996, his knowledge of design and production has helped Koastal get where it is today. He developed the patented Revenge skateboard truck, which is a revolution in torsion truck technology, giving the rider a true surfing feel.
Derek comes from the film industry with knowledge of web design, photography, videography, and video editing. He has designed and created everything media related to Koastal such as videos, photos, graphics, websites, and social media.
Ryan was previously an audio engineer at Mad Dog Studio in Los Angeles but decided to come to join the family business and offer his services in Lucid Grip. He has since become our main wood worker next to Brad in our board production.
We ask for your help in funding our campaign for a few reasons: First, we would like to increase inventory to meet current consumer demand for the Revenge truck. Second, we need to finish development of our second truck design called the Edge. Third, we want to put our new Lucid Grip GLOW in the dark into production. In addition to these three goals, we hope to improve our board production to keep costs down.
Please read our whole story below for more information on our brands and the reasons for the help needed. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks!
The Koastal brand represents an all around love for boarding by uniting characteristics of surf and skate to produce a truly unique product that is unlike any other board in the skateboard industry. Each Koastal skateboard has a classic, natural, and timeless style that will appeal to riders both young and old. Koastal takes pride in making quality skateboards, taking the additional time and effort to craft each complete real wood top sheet by hand. Our signature handcrafted stringer boards are combined with state of the art hardware, specially designed to guarantee a skateboard as distinct as its rider. Most of our Koastal skateboards are designed primarily for carving and cruising.
REVENGE TRUCKS (Patented Design)
Revenge longboard trucks are a revolution in torsion skateboard truck technology. These trucks are designed to allow longboard skateboarders a chance to mimic surfing and snowboarding like never before. With patented torsion truck technology, Revenge drastically reduces turning radius and keeps a fluid motion with minimal effort from the rider. The patented external locking mechanism allows for extremely tight turns while reducing the chance of wheel bite. They can perform a full 360 degree 8 foot diameter turn on a 47" board with no riser pads and wheels up to 73mm.
“Clear grip for your shred stick.”
Our extremely clear grip was designed with the skateboarder in mind and is easier to use than tying your shoes. Lucid is already in use with some of the top skateboard brands out there. With our 3 different clear grip options, this gives the rider an optimized performance ranging from: downhill speed, heavy sliding, carving, cruising, and even barefoot.
This two-part application process takes 5 minutes to apply and 40 minutes to dry.
So, whether you need to patch up a few bare spots our grip a whole new deck, Lucid Grip works well on all styles of boards. Can be applied to pre-gripped surfaces too.
Koastal is looking for $300,000 to help develop new product ideas such as our glow in the dark spray-on grip and to improve manufacturing of the Revenge truck. We are a small family-run business and aim to please our customers above anyone else. We want to bring these amazing products to you, while keeping costs as low as possible - but we need your help to make it happen!
We currently have one product that is manufactured in China, the Revenge truck. Specifically, the base plate and hanger are produced overseas, while the solid bushing is produced in Southern California. Manufacturing in China has caused many frustrating issues regarding inventory and quality control. It has been our longtime goal to bring the truck manufacturing to the USA, but this requires new molds, testing, and building inventory. The second truck we are working on is a new version based off the original Revenge torsion design, named the Edge. This re-design still needs a little more research and development before being put into production.
Our other project is with our Lucid Grip. We want to add a new and exciting option called Lucid Grip GLOW. This new option will let the customer add glow in the dark grip to his or her board or any other hard surface. The grip is re-charged by sunlight and has a 5-6 hour glow time per charge. We are also working on a new aerosol spray can for the liquid bottle of the grip rather than our current pump sprayer.
Last but not least, Koastal has plans to improve its board production which will help keep our board prices where they are and offer more discounts to the customer. Koastal offers a high quality handcrafted wood stringer board at an unbeatable price and we would like to keep it that way!
Break down of where the funds will go:
- Revenge Trucks switching to a USA manufacture: estimated $80,000
- EDGE truck design: estimated $100,000
- Lucid Grip GLOW: estimated $50,000
- Koastal Production Improvements: estimated$70,000
Revenge Truck and EDGE Truck
Lucid Grip GLOW and Aerosol spray
Revenge truck and our new EDGE is protected by our patent. This insures that our designs are fully protected.
As a thank you for helping us raise funds, we have rewards for all contributions $10 and above. If you feel you deserve something more than what we are currently offering, please let us know so we can work with you. We keep an open mind at Koastal and try our best to make everyone happy.
Even if you can't contribute you can still help by sharing our story and campaign to your friends and family. Every little bit helps.