Aussie company introduces revolutionary traction device for surfboards
A Western Australian company has developed a world first traction
device for surfboards set to revolutionise and enhance the sport of
surfing around the globe.
The device known as Spindek, is a rotating traction surface that
attaches to a surfboard in the place of deck grip allowing a surfer to
use their feet to generate more power and sharper turning with less
Spindek, which is currently being trialed by several of the top ranked
surfers in the World Championship Tour (WCT) and Airshow World Series
circuits around the world, was originally developed by Extreme
Solutions International (XSi), after six years of intensive research
Director of XSi and local surfer Rod Mackay discovered Spindek by
accident after breaking a complex section of a surfboard control system
he was testing.
Rod was left with a freely rotating disc attached to the surface of the
surfboard that unexpectedly improved board handling and allowed him to
perform manouveres that were not previously possible.
Rod Mackay then joined forces with business partner and fellow surfer
Chris Gray in several years of painstaking research, funded from their
life savings and local investment, to perfect Spindek as a high
performance accessory that can be mounted to any board without
Rod and Chris believe that Spindek has the potential to change the
future of surfing and surf competitions around the globe.
"Surfing has hardly changed since the sixties. There has been minimal
equipment improvement other than minor variations in fin design. It´s
impossible to guess the impact of a development as significant as
"We believe there is a massive potential market for Spindek and we hope
to gain approval from a number of international surfing associations
XSi has been awarded grants through the WA Business Development Scheme
and the Austrade Market Developmet Program to develop Spindek, which
will be showcased at the South African sports trade fair this September.
Spindek is being distributed by the surfing equipment label Soggy and
is available via the ´Soggy Planet´ website: www.soggyplanet.com
Soggy plans to distribute Spindek into international markets including
the USA, Japan, UK, France, Brazil and Indonesia and will present
Spindek at international trade shows and major US and Australian
surfing competitions later this year.
Industry - Surfersvillage