Whirly Board

Spinning Balance Board

Stand & Spin

Whirly Board makes it easy to build balance, coordination, and core strength. This one-piece balance board was designed as a board sport training tool, but any athlete can benefit—and have fun.

While other balance boards only move from side to side, Whirly Board lets you go a full 360 degrees or more. Practice spins without
going out on the slopes or pavement.

Inventor Erik Olsen, a board sport enthusiast since the age of 12, created the first prototype by attaching half a bowling ball and two halved pool balls to the bottom of a board. Erik noticed that this board helped him with his balance and other boarding skills, so the idea for Whirly Board took hold. He’s been improving the design ever since.

Each one is made in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, of Canadian maple wood, high density molded polyethylene (HDPE), and durable grip tape. Do skateboard tricks. Practice handle passes wakeboarding and water skiing. There are a ton of maneuvers you can try.

So go ahead: give this balance board for athletes a whirl.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Erik
    Erik

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Whirly Board to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 12:55 PM

    What was the inspiration behind Whirly Board?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/4/2015 12:56 PM

    I have loved board sports most of my life. I have also always enjoyed building and making things and bringing ideas to life. I built the first Whirly because I wanted to create a new balance board that would allow the user to rotate to practice spins. I thought it would be fun and an ongoing challenge because there is no limit to how far you can spin. No matter how good you get can always progress and get better. Since it was so much fun and not that hard to make I decided to turn it into a product.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 12:58 PM

    What was the toughest part of bring Whirly Board to life?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/4/2015 12:58 PM

    Cutting and grinding bowling balls and pool balls was definitely the toughest physical task but developing the processes to build them has been a fun challenge. Since then, marketing and getting a handle (still not very successful) on social media and all that computer related stuff has been a real challenge. It’s really not my world, I like to be outside or building something.

  • Arienne
    Arienne
    12/7/2015 5:03 PM

    @Erik Seriously, how on Earth did you cut bowling and billiard balls in half?! Hubby is going to be so happy to receive this!!!! Awesome idea!!!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/7/2015 9:35 PM

    If I'm not mistaken, Erik said he took three deep breaths and then just ripped them apart with his bare hands...Weird.

    Just kidding, he used a saw. He shows you which one in the middle of the video! I hope your husband is ready to board, Arienne, thanks for the kind words!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 12:59 PM

    In your mind, what sets Whirly Board apart from other balance boards?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/4/2015 12:59 PM

    The major difference is the ability to rotate. This provides a limitless challenge and helps the user get comfortable with the basic aspects of spinning. The balls on the nose and tail act as additional balance points and make the Whirly Board more dynamic than most other balance boards.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 1:00 PM

    What audiences do you see Whirly board resonating with the most?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/4/2015 1:00 PM

    I think the best home for a Whirly Board would be young families similar in age to my generation (30s). People who spent their younger years loving board sports and now have kids that are starting to get into it. Both the parents and the kids can enjoy using the board and it works well as a training tool for the kids who are developing their skills. Young kids really seem to enjoy it and I think they are intrigued by the challenge of it.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    12/7/2015 11:43 AM

    @Erik

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 1:01 PM

    I’m trying to paint a picture here, in the Whirly Board offices, do you have balancing desks instead of standing desks? I’m imagining everyone who works there is a balance master.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/4/2015 1:02 PM

    Haha, for now I am the only one here, but I guess I would consider myself a balance master. My computer desk is a sit down, but workshop benches are standup with a nice whirly zone area for testing and practice (Whirly Breaks)!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    12/7/2015 11:45 AM

    @Erik I am a 58 year old Female ,still a Tomboy & will buy this .

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 11:54 AM

    @Lisa Thanks Lisa I think you will enjoy it!!

  • Robin
    Robin
    12/7/2015 10:35 AM

    hi. Does this work on most surfaces, including carpet? I see a mat in most of the video, even on the driveway, so I want to be sure it's something we could easily use.

    Thanks.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/7/2015 11:37 AM

    Hi Robin, great question! Carpet might actually be one of the best surfaces because there is little risk of damage to the surface. I would say the only surfaces to avoid are ones you don't want scuffed. Your hardwood floors, marble tile, etc.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 11:37 AM

    @Robin Hi Robin, Yes carpet is the best surface, I used the matt on the driveway because pavement would scratch and damage the balls.

  • lynn
    lynn
    12/7/2015 10:54 AM

    Hi Erik,

    My 16 year old son has been snowboarding for about 6-7 years, doing boardercross for two years, and does a little park boarding. Do you think this would be useful for him?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 11:39 AM

    @lynn Hi Lynn, Yes definitely! It is useful for riders of all skill levels and he will have fun with it too.

  • Rochelle
    Rochelle
    12/7/2015 11:32 AM

    Hi Erik!

    DON'T JUDGE ME!! hahaha ... I have 3 daughters, all competitive cheerleaders =)

    They love balancing, but they need to do it on 1 leg. The balancing I see in your video is 2-legged. I think this might be a good challenge and could keep them off my nerves for hours which is great for me. Will it be of any benefit to them though? The core strengthening is definitely a winner.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 11:40 AM

    @Rochelle Hi Rochelle, I have a good friend who is a cheerleader and she told me the Whirly Board has been a great training tool for her. You can definitely use it for one leg balance also!

  • Mary
    Mary
    12/7/2015 12:00 PM

    Erik, I see this as an occupational tool for children and adolescents with what is known as vestibular sensory issues. That is something that is treated by pediatric occupational therapists. As I had a child with these issues and this is something that you would not be familar with, they used to take a ball and place it under a minitrampoline and have him surf. This is much more practical. You may want to introduce this into that pediatric occupational audience or even Sports Physical therapy!

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 12:07 PM

    @Mary Hi Mary, Thank you for the advice! I will look into that

  • brenda
    brenda
    12/7/2015 1:05 PM

    what age group is recommended my grandson is 9 years

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 1:12 PM

    @brenda Hi Brenda, I have found that younger kids seem to love it! I had a booth set up at a wakeboard contest this summer and kids were lined up waiting for their turn all day!

  • PJ
    PJ
    12/7/2015 1:33 PM

    Hello, are there currently or are there any plans to make a board with "softer" ball materials like a high density rubber? I would love to get this as a sensory tool for my son, but my whole home is hardwood flooring.. Thanks and great product!

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 1:39 PM

    @PJ Hi PJ, Yes I am looking into some urethane rubber parts. it may be a little bit but keep an eye on the website as I would definitely like to offer this eventually.

  • Melanie
    Melanie
    12/7/2015 1:54 PM

    hi, Erik. I've been considering a balance board as part of my home office 'redo' that will include a sit/stand desk. From the comments, I get the impression the Whirly Board would work for someone like me who is just looking to improve core and balance while working... is that a fair assessment? I'm not particularly coordinated, nor have I ever done board sports. :)

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 2:04 PM

    @Melanie Hi Melanie, This board will be a challenge at first but since you are at a desk you will be able to hold on to the desk to help you get the feel for it. The challenge will provide more benefit too. It will definitely improve your balance and strengthen core muscles.

  • Melanie
    Melanie
    12/7/2015 3:23 PM

    @Erik fantastic! thanks. Now I'll just need to keep my 9 year old son from stealing it. :)

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    12/7/2015 3:20 PM

    Hi Erik,

    Is there a weight or size limit for how big a user can be? I have a 6'-6" / 250 lbs nephew who would love this.

    Thanks

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 3:30 PM

    @Elizabeth Hi Elizabeth, I ran over one with my Jeep Grand Cherokee and it held up fine you can see it at the end of this video:

  • snype
    snype
    12/7/2015 5:45 PM

    @Erik Is that Astroturf or Carpeting in your driveway? Can you give a list of surfaces that this can and cannot be used on? Gyms for example: some gyms have sections of rubber flooring, some have astroturf, some have carpeting, some have wood floors for their exercise studios.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/7/2015 9:32 PM

    Great questions, Snype! Of those surfaces you mentioned, rubber, astroturf, and carpeting would be the best surfaces. Wood floor, not so much. You want to avoid surfaces that will either damage the Whirly Board and surfaces that you don't want to be scuffed, which will tend to happen.

    I'll check in with Erik about what surfaces he has in his garage and what specific surfaces he has found to be successful.

  • snype
    snype
    12/7/2015 9:56 PM

    @Mike Thanks Mike! I was also wondering if down the road he was going to come up with a super durable one that can be used on the same surfaces that people skateboard on, as the temptation would be to take it to where you skateboard to show it to others who would want to grab and try it or for someone to want to practice their moves on location alternating between the Whitrlyboard and their own skateboards.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/9/2015 10:44 AM

    Hi Snype, here is the answer straight from Erik!

    A good firm carpet or floor matt is the best, I have tested it on linoleum which also works pretty good, it should also work fine on a rubber floor as you mentioned but anything hard like a wood floor is a bad idea, dangerous and will scratch or damage the floor. Also may be a good idea to mention that more advanced maneuvers involving the small balls will likely leave marks on most surfaces but most living room style or padded carpets do not get marked up.

    Yes, I am in the process of sourcing the small balls to be made from an indestructible urethane rubber similar to a very hard skateboard wheel that should even hold up on pavement. I should be transitioning to this very soon.

  • R.J.
    R.J.
    12/7/2015 5:01 PM

    Does the "Whirly Board" have the ability to rock back and forth like a "Bongo Board" does?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/7/2015 5:41 PM

    Hi R.J., it does have the ability to go back and forth, but depending on your balance skills, you will get a little bit of a swivel when doing so.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 5:42 PM

    @R.J. Hi R.J. it can definitely tip back and forth but the center ball is fixed so its a bit different than any traditional balance board with the cylinder roller underneath.

  • snype
    snype
    12/7/2015 5:30 PM

    This is the coolest. You will have a huge market in Fitness, as well as here, because Gyms, Coaches And Trainers are always looking for the next new thing to challenge their members, clients and athletes.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/7/2015 5:42 PM

    Right you are, Snype! The 360 rotation is especially tricky to get a handle on. I used it for just a few minutes today and my legs were feeling it!

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 5:42 PM

    @snype Thanks Snype! It is definitely a good challenge and helps improve ability as a result.

  • Kate
    Kate
    12/7/2015 6:02 PM

    Is there a weight limit for using the board?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    12/7/2015 6:58 PM

    @Kate Hi Kate, I ran one over with my Jeep and it held up fine so I would say a couple thousand pounds or so!

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    12/7/2015 9:53 PM

    Hi Erik! The Whirly Board looks like so much fun! I was wondering if you could tell me what its dimensions are. I'm trying to figure out whether, if I give it to my son for Christmas, he'll be able to get it back to CA in a large suitcase.

    Thanks!

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    12/7/2015 9:54 PM

    Also, when would they be available? Would I be able to get one shipped before Christmas?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/8/2015 9:52 AM

    Hi Heidi, the Whirly Board is 32.25" x 8.75" x 4" so it might be a tight squeeze for a suitcase. We do have the Grip board still in stock. You should be able to order that version momentarily!

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