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Challenge Instant Inflation Systems for Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Instant Inflation Systems for Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Award: $25,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 395
Posted: Dec 19 2018
Challenge ID: 9934116
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Inflatable Stand-Up Paddles (SUP) have provided great flexibility to enthusiasts and allowed the sport to grow in popularity. However, manually or electrically pumping the SUPs to the needed pressure is still cumbersome and time-consuming. Hence, the Seeker is looking for a new user-friendly inflation system that can quickly inflate a 300L SUP and reach 20 PSI.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and, if requested by the Seeker, prototype delivery.


Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boarding is a fast-growing sport that combines surfing with paddling. This growth is related to the development of inflatable SUPs, allowing enthusiasts to purchase self-use SUPs, inflate the board themselves, and freely enjoy the sport anywhere and at any moment (e.g. while traveling). However, the significant effort and lengthy time associated with the use of the existing pumps constitute the unpleasant and inconvenient phase of the experience for these independent users. Hence, the Seeker is looking for a new and user-friendly inflation system that can quickly inflate a SUP.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.

  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and/or delivery of a prototype if requested by the Seeker).

The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 18, 2019.

Late submissions will not be considered.



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