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RipSurfer X lets you surf on the spot

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September 24, 2012

The RipSurfer X is a stationary surfboard trainer

The RipSurfer X is a stationary surfboard trainer

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There’s no doubt that paddling a surfboard out to the breakers is a good source of upper body exercise. What a lot of non-surfers might not realize, however, is that balancing on a constantly-shifting board is also a great workout for the core muscle groups. Surfer and entrepreneur Mike Hartwick certainly realized it, which is why he created the RipSurfer X stationary surfboard trainer – while it’s far from being the world’s only balance trainer, it’s claimed to be unique in offering all the fitness benefits of real surfing.

The device consists of a board that the user stands or lies on, mounted on a base that allows it to tilt in all directions as the user shifts their weight. Its tippiness can be adjusted by the user as their skill level and strength progress, by installing or removing stretchy rubber stabilizing straps that run from the underside of the board to the base.

The RipSurfer X is claimed to build core stability

There’s also an optional resistance set consisting of several types of elasticized cords, which run from the user’s hands to an attachment loop at the front of the board. These can be used for a variety of exercises, including one that simulates paddling through the water with your arms.

The RipSurfer X is actually the centerpiece of the SurfSET system, which incorporates free weekly online video workout sessions led by “experts” trained on the system – premium workout videos are also available for download, at a price of US$10 per session. These workouts (including the free ones) are said to build not only core strength, but to also aid in aerobic conditioning, fat burning, the building of lean muscle, power, muscle tone, and balance.

A SurfSET class in New York City

What Hartwick and his crew are really interested in doing, however, is setting up a network of SurfSET studios. Participants would drop in to these locations, and use on-site boards while following the lead of certified instructors. If it seems like your sort of thing, the company is currently seeking prospective instructors and/or studio franchisees.

Should you just like the idea of training at home, however, a RipSurfer X will cost you $450, with the resistance set running an extra $20.

The board can be seen in use in the video below.

Source: SurfSET via Shark Tank

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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2 Comments

The Surfset Ripsurfer X business plan model was ultimately turned down by the members of the Shark Tank this past weekend.

Marco Corona
25th September, 2012 @ 10:55 am PDT

What they really need to add to this is a game controller interface. Exercise machines are boring to use. Games are fun. Make exercise fun.

Shishkabugs
25th September, 2012 @ 11:01 am PDT
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