Inflatables – inflatable stand-up paddleboards (SUP) in the main – have conquered the water sports market in recent years. But times are changing – these days hardboards are in vogue. After all, every die-hard board sports enthusiast knows: no SUP-Inflatable can match the performance of a hardboard. Until now. The German start-up Tripstix Ltd recently patented the VacuuAir technology. This technology – which is roughly comparable to the characteristics of a coffee vacuum pack – combines the advantages of the practical inflatable with the uncompromising performance attributes of a hardboard. We spoke with Dr.-Ing. Stefan Klare, inventor and founder of the fledgling company.
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