Open Air Dynamics Announces New Facility
Open Air Dynamics has announced the creation of their own facility for producing standup paddleboards featuring the patented technology thermoSUP.
Made through a hybrid construction process, thermoSUP uses thermoformed ABS sheets and composite materials to build highly durable, maintenance-free and abrasion resistant boards. Open Air Dynamics believes the method, when used in conjunction with the new honeytechCORE—a semi-hollow, molded foam core— will direct the future of stand up paddleboard manufacturing.
In comparison to traditional fiberglass composite boards, thermoSUP construction offers superior impact strength. The cleaner, eco-friendly process has also greatly reduced the amount of consumables in production, recycles the ABS offcuts, and creates a significantly longer-lasting board. The Tahoe SUP brand will feature two models offering this new construction early in 2015: the Rubicon and the PaddleCraft.
Open Air Dynamics founder, Nate Brouwer, also points out the thermoSUP process's ability to eliminate lengthy production schedules.
"Looking at the challenges we and other brands have faced in the past—from meeting the demands of the rapid growth of the industry to dealing with shipping large fragile items around the world—thermoSUPTM is a game changer for us," said Brouwer. "It's amazing to watch materials come into the facility and boards go out on the same day. The ability to now control our production, forecast inventory and stock our third party logistics warehouses across the U.S. is a big bonus for our dealers."
With full ownership of the thermoSUP process and equipment, Brouwer also notes the portability of the new facility being yet another big motivation for all the hard work that went into developing thermoSUP over the last three years.
"Our work is far from finished," Brouwer said. "It's very important to us here at Open Air Dynamics to continue down the path of bringing production back onshore. We understand the value the consumer would place in knowing that Tahoe SUP boards, for example, were made in the U.S.A."
Open Air Dynamics was formed by Tahoe SUP founder and owner, Nate Brouwer, as a parent company to fulfill a desire to make standup paddling available to more people through developing new brands. The team at Open Air DynamicsTM aims to continue to innovate the standup paddle industry and outdoor sports market with exciting new products and customer service levels that are second to none. Open Air Dynamics brands include: Tahoe SUP, Odyssey SUP, EXPLORE Project and thermoSUP.