Updates

April 4th
  1. The new 75 motherboards for the remotes have been sent from the production facility and should arrive at our European R&D office in a couple of days. As soon as we receive them, our engineer will assemble the remotes and we can start shipping the first Fins.

  2. The first 75 Boost Fins were manually assembled at our European R&D facility. The antennas proved to be very durable.

  3. At the same time, we're finalizing the new molds and will start mass production of the Fins next week. They will be assembled with antennas according to our new specifications. In this video you can see a sample of the Fin with the attached antenna, which looks perfect. These Fins will be in the batch of 2000 orders.

  4. This video shows the new waterproof casings for the remotes which are now ready for assembling.

  5. Certification process is almost over, we were asked to provide a specification for one small component, which we did, so we will get the certification very soon.

  6. We've also done the tests on the batteries to make sure they haven't been damaged or discharged waiting at the production facilities for some time and the PCBs to make sure there is no corrosion on them. Everything is good.

  7. As for some other news, we've finalized the new straps for the remotes and produced braces for the 2000 Fins.

  8. We also finalized the testing procedures for the Fin and its components.

March 19th

We received the final Fin sample at our European R&D facility last week and it looks very good, apart from a couple of small things.

  1. Remotes had a small issue with the signal. The engineers in the manufacturing facility decided to improve the signal and they changed the signal coding which makes the signal longer and the receiver doesn't consistently get it. Once we'd figured the issue, we started fixing it immediately. The new sample will arrive next week and we will finalize it. Other than that, everything else looks great and works perfectly.

  2. We're already assembling the Fins at our European R&D facility manually. The biggest obstacle that stops us from beginning mass production is the ability to repeatedly glue the antenna perfectly into the shape of the Fin without leaving any glue stains. We figured out how to do it manually but it's a very long process and the factory won’t be able to replicate the process. We purchased several machines which should arrive early next week and we will record the instructions for our partners at the production facilities on how to do the process.

  3. We've already sent our Fins to the certification office a week ago, they told us that it should take about 3 weeks, but usually, it takes less time to get all the certificates. Soon we will be able to produce a lot of Fins and finally start shipping them.

    final Fin sample final Fin sample
February 27th
  1. The 75 units are at our European R&D office, they have arrived partially assembled and we're currently assembling them, but we had to wait for some parts that had not arrived on time. After we assemble them, we will ship them and then we will start the mass production of the next batch of 2000 Fins which should be ready and shipped around April.

February 3rd
  1. 75 Fins have been painted, assembled and packed. Currently, they are on their way to our European R&D department where they will be thoroughly checked and then shipped from to our customers.

    75 Fins have been painted, assembled and packed 75 Fins have been painted, assembled and packed
    75 Fins have been painted, assembled and packed
  2. PCBs for the Pro remotes are ready, the remotes are assembled.

    PCBs for the Pro remotes are ready, the remotes are assembled PCBs for the Pro remotes are ready, the remotes are assembled
  3. New plastic casing samples for the original remotes are ready, currently testing them to finalize.

January 23rd
  1. 100 Fins are pre-assembled. They’ve been sent for coating, which will take 5-7 days, and after that, they will be fully assembled.

    100 Fins are pre-assembled 100 Fins are pre-assembled
  2. Continuing work on the original (small) remote. Finding the best solution to ensure the waterproofness of the casing.

  3. The casing for the PRO remote is ready, silicon buttons are ready, performed tests on the batteries, waiting for the PCBs to assemble them.

    The casing for the PRO remote is ready The casing for the PRO remote is ready
  4. Making preparations for the certification of the Boost Fin.

January 15th
  1. 2000 main PCBs (of the Fin) are ready.

    2000 main PCBs
  2. Plastic housings for 100 Boost Fins are ready. Next week they will be painted.

  3. Finalizing housings for the custom (original) remote, we did lab waterproof tests on them which had been successful. Will need to do open water tests to make sure they are fully waterproof.

  4. Another batch of 2000 Boost Fin motors is ready.

    batch of 2000 Boost Fin motors
December 23rd
  1. New mounts and charging jacks are ready.

  2. Finished the production of 100 PCBs for a custom (small) remote.

    finished the production of 100 PCBs
  3. Straps for the remotes are ready.

  4. Finalized the second tray for the boxes and the attachment of the trays to the lids. The first batch of 100 boxes are ready.

    the second tray for the boxes
December 17th
  1. Finalized the fitting of the antenna, doing final tests of the coating of the antenna.

  2. Doing some corrections on the adapters’ molds - after the tests we had to increase the thickness of the screws and add the nuts into all the adapters to increase their resistance.

  3. Finalizing the boxes, testing several EVA inserts options, testing the attachment of the trays to the lids.

  4. Began the production of the plastic for the first batch of 100 Boost Fins.

    production of the plastic
December 10th
  1. All the parts for the first 100 Boost Fins (fin body, duct, ring, propeller adapter, propeller, rubber pads, spacers, antennas, screws, battery, chargers, motors, ESC, screwdriver, longboard adapter’s insert, nut, cap, FOAM parts, rubber gaskets, jack) will be ready on 13.12. After that, it will take 5-7 days for the painting process.

  2. Finishing all the necessary corrections of the mold (the charging jack, the cap for the charging jack and the groove for the antenna), the final shot will be ready on the 13th Dec.

  3. The first prototype of the original (custom) remote is ready, we’ve inserted the PCB in it and are testing its waterproof qualities.

December 3rd
  1. Waiting for the final shot of the plastic mold (after we had to make slight changes due to using a different jack). Then we’ll test it and launch it into mass-production if everything is right.

  2. Continuing work on the original remote, first prototypes will be ready next week.

  3. Preparing to begin the mass production of the Pro remote.

  4. We’re making new copper jacks with nickel plating for the first 2000 units.

  5. The boxes for the first 100 Fins are in production, we’ve had to make a separate mold for the second tray so that the product fits more securely into the box. We are now waiting to test and finalize them.

November 27th
  1. Making final corrections to the Boost Fin mold, because we had to make changes due to changing the jacks to more waterproof ones.

  2. We’ve tested the Pro remote and finalized it.

  3. Ordered plastic casing kits for the Pro remote from Japan, they’re on the way to our production facilities.

November 23rd
  1. We received test shots from the new adapter molds (the longboard one is ready, working on the rest of the adapter molds).

  2. We launched mass production of the main PCB (motherboard of the fin).

  3. Prototyping the new plastic casing of the original custom remote and PCBs for the first 100 remotes.

November 20th
  1. Searching for a better charging jack solution - the one that we currently have doesn’t meet our waterproof standards, so we are checking other options.

November 17th
  1. Inspecting the new plastic casing sample. If all is good, we will assemble the first 100 fins (all the other components for them are ready) and will ship those in December.

  2. 2000 additional units, which we’ve ordered last week, are in the process of production, including additional screwdrivers, batteries, modules, and other components.

  3. Samples of original custom remotes are on their way to our CTO Alex in Bali and to our European R&D office for tests. After we receive their feedback, we can begin the assembling.

  4. We are waiting for strap samples for the Pro remotes and will send them to our CTO for tests. At the same time, we’ve ordered 2240 casings for those remotes, so when we have the PCBs and casings ready, we can assemble Pro remotes.

November 12th
  1. Finishing work on the boxes, they should be ready at the end of next week.

  2. 6 new addons will be ready before the end of the month - the Boost Fin case, a safety bumper, a safety leash, a car charger, a Pro version of the remote and a snorkelling adapter, they will be available in our online store and you can add those accessories to your order.

November 10th
  1. We’ve ordered 2000 units of improved (pro) remotes. At the same time, we’re making custom original remotes, working on the mold for it, waiting for quotas and a test sample. This remote can be worn on a wrist, a shoulder or attached to a board.

  2. We found a manufacturer of a car charger, waiting for their quota and a test sample.

  3. Final updates to the mold that will have the new antenna should be ready in 1.5 weeks.

November 6th
  1. The test sample of the safety leash is ready, we are waiting for it to arrive to test it.

  2. The fin add-ons - safety bumpers - are ready.

  3. The longboard adapter mold had been approved and launched into mass production, the molds for all the other adapters are being approved.

  4. We have found the right glue and the thickness of the antenna to finally launch the mass production of the fins.

November 3rd
  1. We’re waiting for the quotes from the factories for original (simple) remotes, the casing will be customized to increase waterproof qualities. After we receive the quotes and approve the production, we will finalize the silicon strap for it.

  2. Customizing the jack for the fin, our R&D facility in Europe and CTO in Bali are working on the final version of the jack.

  3. Continuing to work on the antenna. Next week our employee will be at the production facility to determine the issue during the production with the outside positioning of the antenna. Additionally, we’re testing an option of installing the antenna inside the fin. After we find a solution, we can finalize it and start producing the mold for the fin.

October 30th
  1. Our CTO Alex had tested the mass-produced sample of the fin and was satisfied with the results - it produces enough thrust, works perfectly with the app, provides good battery life, the casing is very durable.

  2. We have tested original remotes and custom prototypes and they both showed great results. We are beginning the negotiations with the remotes producers about a casing solution.

  3. Finalizing a prototype of the box for the adapters.

    prototype of the box for the adapters
October 26th
  1. Alex had tested the new jack in saltwater and found the solution for ensuring its water resistance.

  2. Continuing work on the antenna, trying out different installation solutions. When the issue with the antenna is resolved, we can fully assemble the first 50 fins.

  3. We’ve tested button PCBs (motherboards) and PCBs of the Fin and now we’re ready to launch them into mass production - this was the major delay and now it’s finally behind us.

October 22nd
  1. Finished a second tray for the box (after creating an additional mold) - we’re testing it now so it fits in the box perfectly, after this, we can start mass-production of the boxes.

    box box
  2. Changed the color and finished the mold for the ring.

    ring
  3. Finalizing the antenna. The material of a small element - a clamp - in the antenna was changed from iron to copper for greater salt-water resistance.

    antenna
  4. Working on additional components - bumpers for the fin.

    bumpers
  5. Developed a set of inserts for the fin which will be used to fill in some cavities in the fin to exclude/minimize water ingress.

    set of inserts
October 20th
  1. Dmitri, CEO of Boost Surfing, received remote prototypes for tests in the sea and waiting for the mass-produced Boost Fin sample.

  2. Custom made remotes have arrived at our R&D facility, we need to test the code transfer protocol we declared, the stated range of codes, the required IP67 sealing, the required power of the expected signal. After the tests, they will be sent to our CTO and CEO for final tests and approvals.

    Testing
  3. A test batch of PCBs has arrived at our R&D facility in Europe, they were tested in the lab, we only need to test them in saltwater before we can launch mass production of PCBs, they’re on their way to Bali and the USA for saltwater tests.

October 15th
  1. Testing PCBs in Bali, if the tests are successful, we will launch mass-production of PCBs

    Testing PCBs
  2. The Boost Fin sample with the new PCB has been lab-tested in our production facility in Europe, now it’s on the way to Dmitri (CEO) for additional testing in the USA

October 14th
  1. Conducted durability testing of the mass-produced Boost Fin sample in Bali (full video available here)

    crash test
October 10th
  1. Finalizing the box and its contents (waiting for the final decision on the remote to make the most durable and convenient fixing tab).

    Finalizing the box
  2. Made the first trial mass-produced batch of PCBs (waiting for the samples to test them)

    first trial mass-produced first trial mass-produced
  3. Collected the plastic for the first trial batch (50 pieces).

    Collected the plastic Collected the plastic Collected the plastic Collected the plastic

Boost Fin Production Status

  • Q4 2019
    • Prototyping of the Fin in China. Printing body parts. Developing and testing and the form. Re-prototyping improvements.
  • Q1 2020
    • Selection of components for mass production. Correction of the specification based on test batches.
    • Developed battery prototypes. Repeated tests of samples from different suppliers in the field. Selection of the optimal specification.
    • Selecting suppliers.
  • Q2 2020
    • Received the first motor samples. Tested in the field.
    • Selection of the remote control and suppliers of the custom button. Purchase of the samples. Tested in the field. Corrected specifications in accordance with the new data.
    • Launched and tested sample batches of the main components: batteries, chargers, motors, and components for PCB.
    • Resolved an issue with overheating of a test mini-batch of batteries. When pressed too often, the batteries became very hot, we resolved it through hardware.
  • Q3 2020
    • July Developed a set of custom fasteners Found a manufacturer. Approved the samples.
    • Launched mass production of 10,000 batteries and chargers. The batch is ready and in stock.
    • Launched mass production of 10,000 motors. The batch is ready and in stock.
    • Launched the design of the box and the Travel Case in different variations.
    • Selection of suppliers of screwdrivers, customization, and sample tests.
    • August Produced prototypes of adapters. Launched a mold for a longboard adapter.
    • Resolved the issue with power loss. Due to small but necessary changes (which were made due to the fact that some parts were not moldable) on the part of the factory, there was a loss of power from the device, the design had to be finalized - a new element of the inner ring (this is another additional mold) had to be made.
    • Launched mass production of 10,000 custom fasteners. 90% of the batch is ready, end of production on the 15th of October.
    • Tested the samples of pads for the fin. Modified and changed the specification.
    • Launched production of the molds for plastic components of the Fin. First tests of the parts.
    • September Launched mass production of 10,000 screwdrivers. The batch is ready and in stock.
    • Produced 2 prototypes of the box, made the changes and added new elements (additional tray).
    • Redesigned the mold for the ring. Powerloss was caused by the change of the duct shape and addition of the ring, we also changed the material of the duct grid.
    • Ordered a test mini-batch of 50 pcs.
    • Developing new adapters, refinement and testing.
    • Test painting of the fin.
  • Q4 2020
    • October Make screws for the entire batch of 10 thousand Fins.The main screws are ready, custom ones will be finished by the 15th of October.
    • Developing a prototype of the box for the adapters Making final corrections.
    • Developing a safety leash for the Boost Fin.
    • Certify batteries (FC, Rohs, CE).
    • November Launch the Boost Fin addons into production. Safety bumpers, safety leashes, car chargers and other accessories are finalized and launched into production.
    • Launch the main PCB into production. One of the main tasks that caused delays. The components required for the production/assembly of PCBs were already ordered in advance so that there are no problems with the timing.
    • December Make rubber for the Fin. The suppliers sent the rubber of the wrong hardness, we are waiting for the delivery of samples of the required hardness.
    • Produce 100 plastic casings for the first batch of Boost Fins.
    • Produce 2000 PCBs for the remotes.
    • Finalize the boxes and produce 100 units for the first batch.
    • Produce the components for the first batch of 100 fins (duct, ring, propeller adapter, propeller, rubber pads, spacers, antennas, screws, battery, chargers, motors, ESC, screwdriver, longboard adapter’s insert, nut, cap, FOAM parts, rubber gaskets, jack).
  • Q1 2021
    • January Paint 100 Boost Fins.
    • Produce 5000 PCBs of the Fin.
    • Produce 2000 motors.
    • February Complete the production of 75 Boost Fins.
    • Receive the 75 Boost Fins at our European R&D department for final assembling and tests.
    • March Fully assemble 75 Boost Fins.
    • Finalize the remotes.
    • Finalize assembling process and new molds for the Fins.
    • Begin the certification process.
    • April Approve the main mold and send it into mass-production. We're doing corrections of the mold due to the antenna issue. Need to test the final sample, after testing we will launch the production.
    • Launch production of the adapters. The longboard mold (the main one) has been approved and launched into MP, the other ones are being approved, made the first shots, finalizing the molds.
    • Resolve the issue with the antennas and launch mass-production. We produced an antenna, which was in the samples, we were assured during production that they would fit into the case, but in reality, it didn’t work out. Have redesigned the antenna, produced 100 antennas, testing the new version, after that we will launch mass-production of the antennas.
    • Resolve the issue with the charging jack and launch them into mass production. The charging jack that we had didn’t meet our waterproof requirements during the test, so we found a different solution, tested it and will launch MP after we make adjustments in the Boost Fin mold to accommodate the new jack.
    • Produce 12,000 PCBs.
    • Launch boxes for Fins into mass-production. There are 100 pieces in production, we’ve had to make a separate mold for the second tray so that the product fits more securely into the box. We are now waiting to test and finalize them.
    • Launch production of the remotes. We have two versions of the remotes. Testing the original remote with our custom casing, making adjustments to the casing, making sure it meets our waterproof standards. Pro remotes have been tested, we are happy with them, preparing to launch them into mass production.
    • Finalize the golden sample and test it. ll the components, many of which have undergone changes, will be assembled together and tested.
    • Certify the Boost Fin for the main markets (CE - for Europe, FCC for the USA, TELEC for Japan, RCM for Australia). We can apply for certification after we receive the final mass-produced sample.
    • Negotiating with transport companies about transportation, preparing for shipments, working out delivery options.
    • Assemble the Fin.
    • Pack the Fins into boxes.
    • Get pre-shipment certificates. The Fin and batteries are certified. The shipment certificate differs for every airport, so when we determine which airport the Fins will be shipped from, we will order the certificate and it will be issued straight away.
    • Shipping (hooray!)
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