Looking for another way to catch the perfect wave when the ocean is giving none, mother and San Clemente resident Carrie Kropfl wanted to give her son and his friends a way to recreate the experience on dry land.
Kropfl’s son, Carson, watched various YouTube videos in which other children used a tarp to create a wave. He wanted to create his own experience through trial and error.
“He became obsessed with these ‘tarp surfing’ videos,” Carrie said, adding Carson asked for a tarp as a Christmas present from his grandparents. “You have to weigh the tarp down, and the kids skate right on top and through. His problem was the skateboard wheels kept getting caught in the tarp.”
After Carson’s own version had a few hiccups, Carrie decided to create her own modification.
“I cut the tarp into a triangle and weighed it down with bricks, so we started using carabiner clips and grommet holes in the tarp, but then the tarp would rip,” Carrie said.
Robert Graff, CEO and founder of action sports/outdoor lifestyle advertising agency, Graffy, Inc., helped Carrie with protecting her intellectual property rights throughout the development of the product.
This all started in 2010, and now the owners of Streetubez, having received their patent approval, are expecting to launch their product in summer 2017.
The way it works is one person has to pull the top of the sail to create the top of the wave as another person skateboards through the break.
More information about the product can be found on the Streetubez website. Streetubez also will relaunch its Kickstarter campaign.