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Why kids are natural born watermen - and women

 

We all have fond memories of splashing around in the water as a child. Whether it was in a pool, lake or at the beach, water activities are a part of childhood. Yet for some reason, parents are all too often surprised just how early kids become fond of water! Almost every kid loves playing around in ways that assembles an early adaption to water sport. Even the shiest, least confident little ones can quickly fall in love with being in the water, sparking a passion that can last a lifetime. Of course, watersports aren’t just great fun; they’re also important for child development and in many ways educational. At their core though, watersports are simply cool for everyone..

                                                           

 Why do kids love water sports?

Many children experience being totally put off sports at an early age due to the pressures of team competition. After all, team sports can be surprisingly difficult to join in on. Luckily, most watersports don’t work like that at all. Watersports like windsurfing, SUP, surfing and snorkeling have a strong focus on individual development. All of these sports are fundamentally about mastering your own body and your equipment. They are as competitive as you want them to be, but at heart they are about the individual experience. There’s no team to disappoint, no rivals to lose to, and no stress!

The sense of mastery and control, that kids experience when sailing fast on the water (from a kids point of view at least) releases lots of endorphins and serotonin. These are the human body’s natural drugs for keeping us mentally healthy, and that means HAPPY. Kids don’t know about these chemicals, they just call it “fun.” The body also releases chemical rewards for motivation, determination, and accomplishment. This means that while learning new skills and achieving new levels of performance, kids are being chemically rewarded and therefore having FUN! While children are having a blast playing on the water, they develop coordination and balance skills at their own pace. The freedom kids experience on water is essential for development of independence and confidence. The younger kids are when they get to grapple with water sports, the more fun it is to learn, since learning in that age happens in an intuitive manner through play.  

 

                                            

 

Water sports simply bring something unique to the table that not many other on-land sports can!

 

Water sports are adventurous

Another cool thing about water sports is the sense of adventure. While most common sports take place on a set field or court, almost all watersports involve getting out into the wild. This sparks children’s natural urge to explore the world. Kids are curious by nature and want to learn new things and challenge themselves. They love exploring rivers and lakes of the wilderness by kayak or SUP, and catching a glimpse of the alien undersea world by snorkeling. Sailing gives kids the opportunity to adventure even further. Here they get to grapple with natural forces like wind, water and weather sparking the adventurous spirit within. Water adventures simply gives young minds the opportunity to engage with nature in an active and healthy way.

 

                    

 

Water sports are educational

So.. It’s pretty obvious that watersports are funned cool, but actually they also have an important educational value. Children can learn about environmental conservation at school, but can textbooks really compare to the real world?

By engaging in watersport in an early age, kids learn to understand our collective need to preserve the natural world, simply by discovering the value of the great outdoors. When children love the beach, they begin to understand why littering is so terrible. When their favorite sport depends on waterways, they understand why our rivers, lakes and oceans need to be kept clean.

With time watersports can also be a great way to stimulate a child’s interest in ecosystems and other aspects of the natural world. An integral part of surfing is to understand movements of the ocean. Paddle boarders quickly realize the importance of reading the weather and sailors need to learn basics about how the wind and atmospheric pressure work. The great outdoors is a better teacher than any textbook, and kids always learn well through their own life experiences. In this sense, watersports trigger many different learning aspects, and there is really no reason not to get out there!🐬 🦈 

Before you do though - keep in mind that safety must always be the number one priority. 

 

Be Safe

Along with being fun and educational, watersports do have a serious prerequisite. It’s important for parents to keep their little one safe in the water. Either by making sure they wear a flotation vest like the WhipperVest or that they are taught to swim as soon as they are ready. Anyone who engages in watersport has to learn to respect the water and should have the skills or safety devices necessary. Either way, the key is to imbue children with not only passion and love for watersports, but also a sense of responsibility and care.

 

                                    Kids water vest windsurfing safety vest whipper kids

 

Anyway, the point is that kids and watersports go together like … well, kids and waterspouts!🦈 🐳 Most kids just can’t get enough of the water, especially those who don’t necessarily go nuts over your average school sports like soccer. Why? Put simply, it’s because watersports offer adventure, fun and the chance to develop skills without stress or pressure. Throw in the fact that watersports can provide kids with important knowledge that will stick with them throughout their lives, and it’s a no brainer that all kids should be encouraged to give watersports a try. Odds are, they’ll love it!

 

Help your own kid on the water by buying the Whipper1 and keep you child safe with the WhipperVest

 

                                                               

 

                  🙋🏼 🐯🛀🏻 See you next time Whipper. MAHALfor reading 🙋🏼🐯🛀🏻

 

 

Meet the WhipperSail - the best windsurf rig for kids ever made!

Meet the WhipperSail - the best windsurf rig for kids ever made!

 

So… What is the deal about this new kids sail? The WhipperSail is special because it’s based upon a totally new concept developed in cooperation with Jeffrey Henderson from Hot Sails Maui.  It was NEVER a joke when we say that we take kids windsurfing seriously, and that’s the reason an excessive amount of energy was put into getting the concept JUST right.


This sail is designed specifically for the weight of kids between 3 and 6 years old, for beginner-friendly, light-wind conditions and big, soft cruising-boards like the WhipperBoard. It is simply the first kids’ sail that is designed bottom up with true intention, eagerness and no compromises!

  

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The technical stuff


For the sail we intentionally chose high quality Dacron as main cloth. This makes the sail soft and forgiving - and just as important outstandingly colourful. It furthermore ensures  superior durability. Our 3d-panel design enables the bottom and forward shape of the sail to be constant and “full” at all times. This does what??

The sail catches any breeze and accelerates the windsurfer in a soft and gentle manner. The sail flex is superb and equal to the flex you see in full battened performance sails resulting in increased airflow. Because of that, the sail will always feel light in the hands of the sailor.

 

young kid windsurf

 

The mast is a long and juicy story, but we’ll confine ourselves and keep it short. It measures around the same diameter of a finger and is made from carbon/glassfibre. The mast is telescopic and the coolest feature of them all - it WHIPS! That means that assembling requires nothing but a whip of the hand and WHOPAAH! Because this piece of the rig is so light, the kids do not have to worry about being hit by the gear at all. This makes learning a FUN, easier and safer game than ever before offered to kids in the sport of windsurfing!

mast whip


The boom was created to match the super skinny mast. We also took a look at all the existing booms in the market and noticed how humongous they all are taking the target audience into account. Not only are they noticeably over-dimensioned for the kids that use them, they are also big and therefore expensive to ship. So YES - we created a super simple and really light two-piece boom that assembles along the length and locks itself in place simply by using the outhaul, thereby making the heavy-clumsy-bulky boomheads known from today’s booms completely unnecessary and redundant! This furthermore enables the entire rig to be shipped in a 20cm x 100 cm box making it cheaper for us to manufacture, and by that more affordable for all of you!                              

                    

                                      whipper sail

 

 Rigging the Whipper

Rigging the Whipper is done without feeding pulleys or clamps. Both outhaul and downhaul are fixed by pulling ropes with knots on and jamming them into slots. This can not be done wrong and therefore the Whipper will always hit the water perfectly trimmed and good-looking :)

Another cool detail feature is the uphaul-system. The uphaul itself is sewn into the mast-sleeve and has a bungee ensuring that it is never in the way when not in use.

If you want to take a closer look on how it’s done - check out our setup-guide here 💪🏽 

The rig fits all boards using a euro-pin connection. Make your kids stoked and Whipperize your exsisting windsurfboard or SUP by buying the rig here.

 

 

 🙋🏼🍉🔥 That's all for now sweet Whipper. MAHALfor reading 🙋🏼🍉🔥

WhipperKids mingling at the PWA

WhipperKids mingling at the PWA

Just like the former years, the World Tour of Windsurfing (PWA) had a stop in the windsurf capital of Denmark (and home town of WhipperKids) Klitmøller, Cold Hawaii, in september. Obviously the PWA is packed with professional windsurfers, devotees and expert old stagers. Moreover the event usually attracts every single windsurf enthusiast from the adjoining area – so naturally WhipperKids had be right on site!

 

Prior to the competition week we made sure that our danish-located prototype was all set and ready to pose & perform. We designed and ordered cool little contact cards that could quickly be cast in the hands of curious parents or interested windsurfers. Our plan was to plant the Whipper on site everyday while staying close by to watch the kids interact with the gear, and to answer potential curious questions.

 

Unfortunately for the competition organizers and professionals, the wind and weather gods did not provide conditions to run the heats as planned. With weeklong light winds and a sunny blue sky, it wasn’t possible to single out a winner of the danish tour stop. In return these weather conditions fell in favor of WhipperKids. With lots of children, families and windsurfers enjoying the weather at the venue site, the activity around Whipper was thorough – especially in the weekend! Handing out small Whipper giveaways and letting kids play with the prototype was priceless – boy did we see many happy faces! Lots of kids fell in love with the Whipper while we inescapably fell in love with them. Watching our upcomlings talk about, as well as play and pretend with the gear, planted several fresh ideas about design and development of assisting teaching material and accessories. Furthermore our numerous talks with parents, kids, other windsurfers as well as prominent people within the windsurf world also provided food for thought. 

 

 

As icing on the cake we were asked to do an interview on the PWA livestream during the thematic feature on the future of windsurfing. Getting to present the Whipper story and our product in this forum would be invaluable and pretty darn FUN, so of course the answer was an echoing YES! 

 

 

Showing up with salty hair in post-morning-surf-outfits pretty much set the tone for the interview. At least when thoughts like “Whaat, am I going on TV?” led to “Should I have changed my clothes?”, it was too late anyways.. Luckily this is probably what made the interview seem so natural and smooth, while of course having Ben Profitt himself to lead the conversation was a sweet finishing touch!    

 

Really.. Doing this interview seemed easier and more straightforward than anticipated, probably because you are talking about something you honestly believe in and are truly passionate about. This makes all sorts of regular TV-tricks like posing, pretending and faking completely foreign land! 

Anyways.. We really had a blast and are more than grateful for both the result and the opportunity itself. If you are bursting with curiosity, you can watch the full interview here.

 

Summing up.. This week was a excellent experience and help when it comes to getting more people familiar with WhipperKids. We increased our network and number of contacts – and hopefully in a positive way. It was a great week for letting the kids teach us more about the product as well as the way they learn and have fun. To be reminded that the kids know better, is the best way to stay humble. We keep our fingers crossed that the Whipper made it to the christmas wish list in a bunch of families!

 

The Whipper is first and foremost a toy meant to help the kids have successful first encounters with the water. That is the way we spark the fire in our future watermen- and women. 

 

 

Aloha a hui hou