On January 20, 2017 the backers of the Origin Paddleboards Kickstarter campaign received the “Final Update” which indicated they have shut down operations and have left us without our rewards.
After a very challenging 2016, we had hoped that 2017 would bring positive news and positive updates for you all. Sadly this will not be the case.
Although we successfully established our own dedicated facility in Switzerland in which we began manufacturing our boards, certain aspects have always remained beyond our ultimate control. As you are all aware, production over the last 6 months has been at a minimal level due to our core supplier being unable to deliver one of the components to the standards we require. This is an essential part of inflatable paddle board manufacture and without it it is impossible to create the product you expected and we demanded. We have done all we can to help our supplier find a solution, but ultimately we have had limited success.
Your Kickstarter rewards have always been a priority for us and our team has spent many nights, weekends and holidays working on them without financial reward to do our very best to deliver them to you. As with any business, fixed running costs and labour must be offset by sales and once this fails to occur operation becomes financial unviable and hard decisions have to be made. Without this core component we have crossed this line and as such we have had to make the hardest decision of all;
As of immediate effect, Origin Paddleboards and it’s parent company SUP Switzerland GmbH has ceased trading. When you lead from the front and push the boundaries you are always walking a fine line. Sadly today we have teetered onto the wrong side of that line and have closed our doors.
We are truly sorry to those backers who did not receive their rewards and although it probably means little at this stage, we tried our very best. We explored every avenue we could think of, no matter how slim the chance of success, to ensure Origin Paddleboards continues on it’s journey and your rewards were completed before the spring. However, time has taken its toll and we have slipped past the point of no return.
We thank you all for your support and for backing our project and we wish we could have started 2017 without bringing you this news. We’ve always been honest throughout this process and we believe you deserve our honesty to the very end. We expect many of you will have questions you will want answering and details about where your money went so we have provided a breakdown of our Kickstarter financials and some (probable) FAQ’s in the attached document. It is a hard pill to swallow for us all and for some of us there may be a difficult road ahead. We offer our thoughts and wish you all good luck in the future.
With great regret,
Your Origin Paddleboards team”