Introducing an electric long board to the traditional game of golf proved to be a recipe for success for Oregon-based company SolBoards, Inc., after the GolfBoard Kickstarter campaign surpassed its funding goal on Monday.
The GolfBoard with and without Bag Holder (Photo: Business Wire)
GolfBoard allows riders to travel across the course at the same speed of
a golf cart and experience the terrain like a surfboard. GolfBoard made
its debut Aug. 23 as a “new way to experience golf by ‘Surfing the
Earth'” on fundraising website Kickstarter. The fundraising campaign
closed Sept. 9, raising 105% of its goal in just over two weeks.
After the Kickstarter campaign, SolBoards, Inc. President and Co-Founder
Paul Hodge was impressed by the response the GolfBoard received: “In two
short weeks hundreds of golf courses, dozens of distributors all over
the world as well as important golf industry contacts have reached out
to us with interest to do business.”
SolBoards, Inc. is currently building a national sales rep network to
assist golf courses from coast to coast in purchasing or leasing
GolfBoards for fleet rental programs.
GolfBoard is now moving towards mass production and will begin
fulfilling volume orders this December. The company will continue to
sell GolfBoards to consumers as well as international distributors
interested in building similar golf course rep networks in their
The four-wheel-drive, lithium-powered longboard caters to experienced
riders and newcomers. GolfBoard’s removable standup handle bar/golf bag
holder offers the inexperienced rider a balance point, a secured mount
to attach a golf bag and an added bonus of having a drink and ball
holder. Experienced riders can “Surf the Earth” on the golf course
terrain like a surfer or snowboarder experiences waves and snow.
GolfBoard intro video featuring Laird Hamilton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2HW11-EjwQ