January 24 - 30, 2016: Issue 248
The Boarder Kontrol Innovation Makes This the World’s Safest Skateboard
Tony Haddleton's son James testing out the brake innovation this week
The Boarder Kontrol Skateboard by StreetBoardz is the World’s Safest Skateboard
Fear the downhill slope no more.
Kids learn SAFELY and adults skate downhill with control - just a normal skateboard with attachable features, including a brake!
We had a note from BL about this great new idea a few days ago:
Hi Al - We are all good in Hawaii and loving it. The waves have been all time - super consistent, really big and light winds.
Wanted to let you know about my good mates at Streetboardz Kickstarter campaign for their Boarder Kontrol skateboard product.
The skateboard has a brake and there is a retro fit kit so anyone could put a brake on their own skateboard - check it out.
It is a local Northern Beaches innovation by Tony Haddleton and a product revolution to skateboards, this is for everyone.
The deal is these boards will be available in stores from July for $320 but anyone can secure a board on Kickstarter now for $155, you’ll get it at half normal price and be the first* in the world to have it - it’s such a cool concept!
Here is the link to the Kickstarter campaign: www.kickstarter.com/projects/boarder-kontrol-skateboards
We had to know more of course, and were sent this information:
Australian-based StreetBoardz has introduced the world’s safest entry-level skateboard. The lack of brakes and balancing system has always made the prospect of learning to skateboard a daunting one; StreetBoardz has solved all of those problems with their innovative ‘Boarder Kontrol.’
Boarder Kontrol is a simple two-part system. The skater pulls the leash cable which in turn pulls the brake levers. From there, the brake levers push pads against steel discs on the back of the rear wheels. The harder the user pulls, the quicker the board stops. The leash enables the rider to brace and balance during braking.
Streetboardz has been manufacturing skateboards and distributing internationally since 2009 but it was only recently during a product meeting, that the team became curious when they noted that skateboards were the only wheeled vehicles not Kitted with standardized brakes. Further exploration and research conKirmed that this is for a good reason.
Bikes, cars and scooters have practical braking systems because handlebars, seats and seat belts brace the operator but a skateboard rider (standing upright) is vulnerable to the forward forces created if a board slowed suddenly with a rider standing on top.
Subsequent research indicated that this lack of control was a major deterrent for many people from ever considering to ride a skateboard. So the company experimented with bracing options and the Boarder Kontrol braking concept was born.
Boarder Kontrol is truly the world’s greatest entry level skateboard. It takes away all the general fear and safety issues usually associated with skateboarding while still enabling riders the same enthralling experience of riding down a hill at controlled speeds on their board.
The Boarder Kontrol has an 8-ply deck, weighs 3.75 kg (8.3lb) and is 37.5 inches (95.25 cm) in length. Backers can also pledge to order a retrofit system, transforming traditional skateboards into the leash-enabled, braking Boarder Kontrol system.
Boarder Kontrol boards start at $155 AUD on Kickstarter with multiple quantities available at an additional cost.
Boarder Kontrol by StreetBoardz is now live and available for purchase on Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008703715/boarder-kontrolskateboards-brace-yourself/description