The only balance board designed by surfers for surfers. Offering a unique 360 degree balance challenge, the patent-pending design is optimized to simulate the balance required in board sports such as surfing, stand up paddle boarding, foiling, snowboarding, skateboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Unlike other balance boards which tend to have only one setting, this balance board comes with 7 different settings, or what the team at Blue Planet like to call "balance challenges".
These balance challenges range from easy to extra challenging, making it the ideal accessory for those wanting to use it for training for rehabilitation purposes. It can even be used as part of a standing desk setup. Order your balance surfer today and start improving your balance and core strength!
What is a balance board?
A balance board is a flat, thin board which moves over a roller or fixed point. They are usually made of maple plywood and the rollers are most commonly made of plastic. In general a balance board is used by a wide range of different athletes to improve not only their balance, but also the overall fitness and stamina.
Types of balance boards
Broadly speaking there are two main types of balance board - the rocker-roller and the fixed roller. The rocker-roller balance board is seen as the most challenging board to use. The wheeling motion, combined with the left-right tilting motion results in a loose, unstable environment making it very difficult to stay on the balance board
The fixed-roller, which the Balance Surfer is classified as is generally seen to be a safer, more beginner-friendly balance board. The nice thing about the about fixed-roller balance board is that if you wipe out the roller cannot fly out from underneath you. This often occurs with rocker-roller balance boards which can present dangerous situations.
Benefits of using a balance board
There are a plethora of health and fitness benefits to using a balance board. Below we outline some of the key benefits.
By using a balance board you will improve your functional strength which in turn will reduce the likelihood of getting injuries. Functional strength is a term used to define the strength required to preform everyday activities both in the home and outdoors. Training on a balance board fits in by building muscle tissue that gets used everyday.
It will help build strength in your core, leg muscles, back, neck and glutes. This increase in functional strength will reduce the likelihood of you experiencing a fall or pulling a muscle due to muscle fatigue and impaired reflex time.
This is particularly true in ankle-related injuries. A study published by the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that when high school athletes who had a history of ankle sprain injuries participated in a balance board training program, they reduced the risk of an ankle sprain by a 50%.
Poor posture is a common problem you will mostly likely face at one point or another in your life. Poor posture is a result of muscle imbalances, excess body weight, and sitting for long periods of time. Building up strength in your core, back, and shoulders, can help improve your posture and reduce back and neck pain.
Using a balance board is an ideal way to build up postural muscle strength. Plus, if you are using the balance board at a standing desk it will not only build strength in your core, but also reduce the time spent sitting at a desk.
Helps with rehabilitation
Whether you suffer from a work-related or sports injury, anyone can benefit from introducing stability training into their rehabilitation program. Physical therapists will often integrate both static and dynamic balance training into an injury recovery program. Where static balance training involves supporting your posture while standing still and dynamic balance training involves trying to remain balanced during movement.
Reduces back pain
One of the primary benefits of using a balance board is increasing your core strength and positive knock on effects this has on the body. Improved core strength can aid in correcting postural issues, but it can also help reduce pain in the lower back. Since your abs are the front attachment point for your spine, if your abs are weak your back muscles will be under pressure to work harder.
This imbalance can lead to tight back muscles and a misaligned spine (scoliosis) causing increased back pain overtime. Using a balance board to improve muscle strength in your abs and oblique’s will help fix back pain due to muscular imbalances.
The Balance Surfer
The Balance Surfer like most products was founded to solve to problem. The founder, Robert is an intrepid waterman and competes in long distance races in Hawaii like Molokai to Oahu. While training for these ocean endurance events, Robert was experiences back and neck pain from his day job. Long days sitting behind a desk were hindering his ability to train properly.
His chiropractor recommended configuring his computer to be at eye-level. This gave him the idea to create a standing desk, however he frequently found himself leaning on his desk, and so the back and neck pain continued. He then stumbled upon upon an even better idea.
Why not use an old balance board that used to for training to use at the standing desk. Within a few weeks of putting this new setup to the test Robert began to notice significant improvements in his posture. His back and neck pain began to subside.
And to the quest to build the first Balance Surfer prototype began. He hired a 3D designer and they worked tirelessly for several months to bring the first prototype to market. After gathering initial user feedback from friends and family the second iteration of the Balance Surfer was released, and before long they had crowd funded the project on Kickstarter and were taking preorders on Indiegogo.
Today the Balance Surfer is a preeminent balance board for surfers and other athletes looking to improve their strength, agility and balance. It is also the ideal aid for rehabilitation and physio exercises.
Benefits of using the balance surfer
The best feature of the Balance Surfer is that it operate in different modes. If you have it on an easy setting you can use it at a stand-up desk to improve your core strength and overall posture. In this mode it also serves as a suitable rehabilitation tool for back, hip, and knee and ankle injuries.
On the medium and harder settings it serves as an excellent training tool for anyone looking to improve their balance and overall board riding skills. That could be for surfing, supping, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding or even riding a surfskate.
The Balance Surfer can operate on 7 different levels in total. Besides just balancing on the board, some of the most popular exercises people do on the board are; balance squat, jump squat, push up, mountain climber, planking, 180 switch ups, one foot balance, pirouette and spins.
Is a balance board safe?
Yes, if used in the correct environment balance boards are safe pieces of equipment to use. Balance boards should never be used indoors in close proximity to other furniture with sharp edges like to coffee tables and chairs.
Can I use a balance board as part of a standing desk?
Yes, most certainly. In fact they compliment a standing desk setup very well. Sometimes when at a standing desk a person can start to slouch and practice bad posture. A balance board can help ensure your core is engaged at all times and your posture is upright.
How long does a balance board last?
If it's well looked after, it should last a lifetime and never need to be replaced.