About Us


Kumo Board was born from a love of balance boards and a desire to make them user-friendly and accessible for more people to enjoy.  Over the course of two years partners Dan Smith and Jimmy Blakeney developed, tested and tweaked all kinds of prototypes in the search for an inflatable balance board that worked as well as traditional wood and plastic versions, yet was soft and skill-level adjustable for beginners, kids and for uses beyond just standing on the board.  At the same time they initiated the patent process, knowing the idea of an inflatable balance board was worth protecting.  Long story short, the patent was issued and after a successful Kickstarter campaign Kumo Board is now gaining fans and followers around the globe. Join the Kumo Board team and disguise fitness as fun while improving balance, strength and coordination!

Dan Smith is an engineer/entrepreneur who came up with the original idea for an inflatable balance board. Dan owns and operates a successful stand up paddleboard business in Florida where he spends time helping people get on the water and lead healthy, active lifestyles.

Jimmy Blakeney is a former US National Champion paddler with 25 years of experience in the outdoor industry successfully building better brands, products and instructional programs. He has won numerous Gear of the Year awards from Outside Magazine and Men's Journal as co-developer of kayaks and stand up paddleboards. He is also host of the most-viewed Stand Up Paddleboard lifestyle and instructional video series on the web.