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What initially started as a quest for comfort, has now evolved into a patent pending design that provides 7 different levels of balance challenge in 1 tool-less Board. Competing and training for long distance races like the Molokai to Oahu race kept me in shape but I was still experiencing back and neck discomfort after long days at my computer. My chiropractor recommended raising my monitor to eye level, and I realized if I mounted it on an arm I could use it as a standing desk as well. Standing up regularly helped my back but I was still prone to bad posture and would constantly lean against my desk and load one hip with all my weight. But after using an old balance rocker board I used for SUP training, I noticed how my posture improved from the small balance rocker which was requiring me to stand upright and centered yet still allowed me to focus on my work. I began prototyping new balance board versions, hired a 3D designer to perfect the prototype design, researched manufacturers and here we are today.
We raised over 300% of our funding goal on kickstarter and are now extending pre-orders here on Indiegogo.
Robert Stehlik, founder and owner of Blue Planet Surf
The Balance Surfer in office mode is an ideal way to improve posture, engage the core and increase blood flow while remaining fully focused when working at a standing desk.
With the challenging balance module attached, the Balance Surfer is an excellent training tool for anyone wanting to improve their balance. The unique 360 balance challenge of our patent pending design is optimized to simulate the balance required in boardsports, including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, foiling, skateboarding, snowboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing and any sport that benefits from good balance skills. It's also great for physical therapy to strengthen muscles, joints, mobility work, and recovery after injury as the balance difficulty can be increased gradually.
With years of R&D, starting with the SUP balance trainers I have been working on since 2008, I was able to take ALL those separate needs and combine them into 1 design that allows for maximum versatility. Like with most products, it started with pen & paper. Here are a few sketches and photos from the early prototyping process.
Here we were adjusting the depth of the prototype balance module:
We tested different radiuses to find the ideal curvature for balance training.
Complete your standing desk setup for increased productivity.
Fun for the whole family!
Great for workouts too
Train your balance
Standing Desk Integration with David Ching DMD
Sustainable Manufacturing & Recycled Cardboard Packaging
Here at Blue Planet, As stand up paddle boarders and surfers, the ocean is our playground and we need to act as its shepherds. We do our best to use environmentally responsible materials, conserve energy, recycle and try to minimize our impact on the environment and the oceans. Here is a short video explaining how we incorporated those values into the Balance Surfer.
Risks and challenges
Blue Planet has been in business for 25 years and we take our reputation very seriously. We do our very best to make sure every customer is satisfied.
The biggest risk is that production takes longer than anticipated due to unforeseen delays. Once the project is funded, we expect to be able to manufacture and ship all orders by October 2019. We have decades of experience manufacturing sports equipment and work very closely with our factories to maintain superior quality. We have extensively tested our products and stand behind them. There is a full 1-year warranty on the boards and accessories and your satisfaction is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not fully satisfied with your Blue Planet products, we are offering a full refund if you return the product within 30 days. In other words, your risk is low. Our goal is to not just make everyone happy but to convert every backer into an ambassador of the Balance Surfer and the Blue Planet brand.