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SHOCKWAVE is a Canadian company with a global presence. Originally founded in 1965, the company design and manufacture marine suspension seats for professional and recreational markets. SHOCKWAVE is committed to continual improvement, rigorous testing, safety standards and innovative shock module design, that protects boaters from the shock of wave impact.

SHOCKWAVE design and manufacture all their marine suspension products in Canada using military-grade components. The patented triple-axis Integrated Control Environment (ICE) system is designed to provide a high level of protection and safety in extreme on-water conditions.

With ACCURIDE and AUTOTUNE technologies, SHOCKWAVE are able to provide an added layer of functionality, confidence and ease of use. These integrated systems provide immediate confirmation that the FOX Float H20 shock is set correctly for the seat occupants body weight, while allowing for simple adjustments or on-the-fly shifts depending on sea conditions.

SHOCKWAVE, based in the North Pacific, constantly test products in real-world conditions in some of the most severe seas on the planet. The company also conduct comprehensive drop testing and safety analysis in order to develop products that meet the requirements of elite military organizations internationally.

The company’s success is a result of its people. The team works with passion and dedication through each and every role. With state-of-the-art technology, superior design and quality components, SHOCKWAVE aims to give boaters access to open-water that otherwise might not have been possible.

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In 2001, Shockwave Founder and President, David Smith wanted to do something he had never done before - travel from his home on Vancouver Island up to Alaska in a 24 foot (7 metre) aluminum boat he built himself. He knew that the waters in the North Pacific would be rough and his hard-bottom boat was likely to be hard on his back during the long passage. His solution was to build a prototype Shockwave seat for his own boat.

With the shock mitigation technology installed, he set off for Alaska at a record pace. On his return trip from Alaska he travelled the entire length of West Coast Canada, 450 miles from Prince Rupert to Nootka Sound, in only ten hours. Following this initial testing David and the team at Professional Components went to work refining and developing Shockwave suspension seats for use in military and professional craft. The lessons learned were used as Shockwave seats evolved to fit the requirements of military, coast guard and professional organisations worldwide as they adopt new and innovative vessel designs.

In 2010 British adventurer Bear Grylls contacted David with an idea to travel in an open boat through the Northwest Passage. David agreed to bring Bear one of his boats, a 36 foot (11 metre) triple engined RHIB fitted with a Shockwave ICE suspension unit. Rather than transporting the boat up north by barge, David decided to leave from St John’s, Newfoundland to meet Bear in Pond Inlet, thousands of miles away. As part of their on-water testing the crew made the trip through rough ocean conditions, ice floes and storms.

After using David’s boat for over a week of travel and filming in the Northwest Passage, Bear had one more thing to tell him, ‘You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t finish the journey.’ David continued to complete the full passage in the open RHIB. Covering over 8000 miles from St John’s to Pond Inlet, through the Arctic Circle and Northwest Passage, over Canada and Alaska and back to his home on Vancouver Island.

David Smith - Founder & President

"The conditions in the North Pacific are some of the most challenging proving grounds anywhere in the world – and we have a fleet of boats dedicated to putting our products to the test in those waters. Having a firsthand understanding of how our product performs helps our technicians and designers build the next generation of Shockwave suspension seats for extreme applications."

"Our employees are Transport Canada certified coxswains who regularly put our seats through the ringer, testing for durability, speed, comfort and any other variables that could affect our products. "At the end of it all, we remain a relatively small company dedicated to marine safety and adventure."

"We work hard to find the best solutions that offer boaters an experience they would never have imagined. As avid boaters ourselves, we understand what our customers value most – and we create the best marine suspension seats in the world to provide a safer, more comfortable and exciting ride."

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"We constantly take our own products into some of the most severe open water conditions on the planet and trust them to get our friends and families home safely – a commitment we extend to anyone who uses our products."

"We use a combination of in water testing backed up by laboratory testing in a controlled environment. Shockwave has its own drop testing system and our design engineers continue to exploit new technologies to demonstrate certified performance."

"To improve seat cushion comfort we have recently partnered with Corbin, the performance seat and upholstery manufacturer. Based in the United States, Corbin produces high end seats for motorcycle manufacturers from Harley Davidson to Honda."

Jason Egresits - Director of Sales and Marketing

"Shockwave have developed a line of seats where the boat builder or end-user can mix or match components to provide the ideal seat for their requirements. This system consists of suspension modules in various travel lengths that can be coupled with Jockey Seats or low, mid and high back Helm Chairs. As Shockwave seats are built in house, we can easily customize specifications to meet specific requests."

"We take pride in our simple design, with meticulous attention paid to neatness and thoroughness of welds, riveting, machine screw assemblies, painting and sharp edges. To cut down on potential service issues we use as few moving parts as possible. Seats are easy to service and repair, meaning fast installation and readiness for operations."

"To control corrosion in saltwater environments all Shockwave seats are constructed using non-ferrous materials, including marine-grade aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and carbon fibre. All parts are electro polished, hard anodized or powder coated in-house."

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"Shockwave seats feature the FOX Float H20, a suspension shock developed in tandem with FOX Defense Engineering to meet specific military requirements for marine environments. FOX Float H20 Shock absorbers have been designed with advanced spring rate, speed sensitive dampening and an EVOL tuning canister."

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Shockwave S2 Corbin Suspension Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 150mm / 6 inch Travel

Typical Weight: 29 kg / 64 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 864 - 965 / W 584 / D 686 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Jockey Seat with Storage

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Typical Weight: 50 kg / 110 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1143 mm / W 356 mm / D 711 mm

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Shockwave S2 Corbin Flip Bolster Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 150mm / 6 inch Travel

Typical Weight: 30 kg / 66 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 864 - 965 / W 590 / D 686 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Suspension Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 30 kg / 66 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 965 - 1067 / W 590 / D 356 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Seat with Storage

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 37 kg / 82 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1344 - 1455 / W 590 / D 858 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Drop Down Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 39 kg / 86 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1318 - 1478 / W 590 / D 660 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Flip Bolster Seat with Storage

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 34 kg / 75 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1318 - 1478 / W 590 / D 858 mm

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Shockwave S2 Corbin Drop Down Bulkhead Mount

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 150mm / 6 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 33 kg / 73 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1149 - 1179 / W 590 / D 667 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Folding Mount Jockey Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 25 kg / 55 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1029 mm / W 346 mm / D 357 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Jockey Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 21 kg / 46 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1009 mm / W 355 mm / D 357 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Integrated Seat & Control Pod

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 200mm / 8 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 58 kg / 125 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1234 mm / W 470 mm / D 917 mm

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Shockwave S3 Corbin Flip Bolster Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 150mm / 6 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 28 kg / 62 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 670 - 760 / W 590 / D 537 mm

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Shockwave S2 Corbin Jockey Seat

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 150mm / 6 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 19 kg / 42 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 644 - 734 / W 364 / D 570 mm

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Shockwave S2 Folding Troop Seat Bulkhead Mounted

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 150mm / 6 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 26 kg / 57 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 742 mm / W 506 mm / D 775 mm

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Shockwave ICE 3 - Integrated Crew Environment

Suspended Cockpit: Multi Axis Shock Mitigation

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 300mm / 12 inch Travel

Shock Mitigation: Crew / Controls / Electronics

Configuration Options: 2 to 6 Person

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Shockwave ICE 4 - Integrated Crew Environment

Suspended Cockpit: Multi Axis Shock Mitigation

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 300mm / 12 inch Travel

Shock Mitigation: Crew / Controls / Electronics

Configuration Options: 4 to 6 Person

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Shockwave S4 Helm Control Pod

Applications: Internal / External

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 300mm / 12 inch Travel

Seat Weight: 68 kg / 150 lb

Seat Dimensions: H 1416 / W 495 / D 1282 mm

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SHOCKWAVE S5 Marine Suspension Module

Construction: Machined Aluminium

RockShox Suspension: 100 mm / 4 inch Travel

Mounting Options: Pedestal / Riser Box

Compatible With: Corbin S2 / Other OEM Seats

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Shockwave ICE 3 - Two Man Integrated Crew Environment

Suspended Cockpit: Multi Axis Shock Mitigation

FOX H2O FLOAT Suspension: 300mm / 12 inch Travel

Shock Mitigation: Crew / Controls / Electronics

Configuration Options: 2 Person

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