2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

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2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby orsales » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:54 pm

Hello all!

Ocean Rodeo is contemplating the launch of a newly designed Go Joe Pro leashless board recovery device. The new lower profile Go Joe Pro is designed to complement the already hugely popular inflatable Go Joe.

For photos, a video and a chance to win an Ocean Rodeo hoodie please visit our forum and leave us a note with what you think of this prototype design!

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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby adamrod » Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:52 pm

mehhh, $229??

when my girlfriend was learning, i put a gojoe on her board, but she found it was more of a hindrance than anything, the extra flotation made the board hard to handle, and it floated so high in the water on her feet that she couldn't see the kite during a relaunch. We took it off and she did much better.

this design, while cool, seems overly complex. re-attaching the magnet seems like it'd be difficult for a beginner while the kite is flying and waves are crashing. the whole flipping up and down as well...just doesn't seem necessary...and i could imagine it not working as sand gets in there.

most riders i know use a go-joe for a few weeks at most. I think the price is too high for what's basically the training wheels of kiteboarding. i can't imagine OR would be able to realistically recoup the cost of tooling for what would be a really limited market.

if you want to sell more go-joes, make a smaller cheaper version not a bigger more complex and expensive one.
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Postby funmilton » Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:19 pm

Don't know if I would want to be the company to reinvent the Go Jo. Just saying....
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby mbzporvida » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:15 pm

My grandmother has something similar on her wheel chair in case she falls out the wind will blow it back to her.

$229.00 could buy you a lesson to learn to drag to your board.
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby d.b. » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:25 pm

Do you have a video of that wheel chair assist in action? :-k
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby mbzporvida » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:33 pm

Prototype test on a light wind day
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby stone » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:08 pm

Pretty slick design, but the price point is too high. Maybe a better approach would be to lease them out by the season? ("for just $10 a month get go-joe pro protection on your new board purchase!") Depends how durable they are.

Still, I could see them getting some traction in niche environments, like where the current runs against the wind, or maybe demos of high-end boards.
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby ramsey » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:10 am

What if you don't have an Ocean Rodeo Handle on your board? How much weight does it add? What if sand gets in the mechanism?

I think you would be better off selling $10 bright orange stickers that say "I'm a beginner help me get my board"
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby adamrod » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:36 am

similar to ramsey's idea, how about a giant sticker that says "I'm a beginner, please help me get my board, I will pay you $10 each time you do"

you'd have to lose your board 23 times before you recoup the cost of the go-joe.

as for the argument of "what happens if there's no one around to rescue your board"? uhh, you shouldn't be kiting alone dummy.
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Re: 2011 Ocean Rodeo Go Joe Pro Prototype - Feedback Wanted!

Postby Sonny » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:39 am

I can't imagine anyone buying this due to the cost, it would make a lot more sense to have a smaller and cheaper version of the first model.
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