Usually, people don’t equate swimming pools with one of their ideal places to achieve an orgasm. Ronda Montelli and the team at Gnarly Ride are looking to change that with their unique floating pleasure product, the Gnarly Rider.
C.J. Asher – First of all, thank you for this interview! Tell me a little about yourself (age, where you’re from, education, etc.).
Ronda Montelli – I was born in 1965 and a native of Southern California. I owned my own payphone business, which became obsolete with the advent of cell phones. I wanted to recreate myself with a new business, which would be fun and stimulating. Designing and manufacturing women’s pleasure products seemed like a good fit. With some help from family and friends, I started the business.
C.J. Asher – What is the Gnarly Rider and how does it work?
Ronda Montelli – A silicone saddle that retrofits to an aquatic, elongated noodle-type flotation device, in order to convert it into a vibrating and floating sexual assembly (patent pending). You strap the GR on your standard pool noodle, insert your waterproof vibrator into the GR cavity, work your way out in the pool to where your body is floating without your feet touching the bottom of the pool. Floating on the Noodle, simulates a near zero gravity environment, due to near-neutral buoyancy.
C.J. Asher – Tell me about how your team first developed the idea for the Gnarly Ride.
Ronda Montelli – Many lifestyle activities are pool-centric. I was at a lifestyle resort, floating in the pool on a noodle and thought, wouldn’t it be great if the noodle was vibrating between my legs. Shortly, thereafter I sketched a simple design and developed a proto-type.
C.J. Asher – How can male partners share in their female partners’ enjoyment of the Gnarly Ride?
Ronda Montelli – Males can sit on the side of the pool while their female partner gives oral while floating next to the side of the pool being stimulated by the Gnarly Rider.
C.J. Asher – What other products can we expect from the Gnarly Ride team in the future?
Ronda Montelli – We are developing a male version that stimulates the perineum, while floating.
C.J. Asher – What types of comments have you received from your customers?
Ronda Montelli – Feedback has been very positive given the uniqueness of the product (i.e. the only way to achieve a terrestrial floating orgasm!), as well as one of the few products in the market place that utilizes the properties of water as a sexual medium.
C.J. Asher – How does the floating action assist in stimulation to orgasm?
Ronda Montelli – Many studies have been conducted concerning WET-REST Therapy, whereby epsom salts are typically used as a medium to facilitate the buoyancy required to experience near zero gravity in a sensory deprivation tank. The GR uses a pool noodle to create a similar neutral buoyancy effect. Floating increases the body’s production of pleasure related neurochemicals, while reducing chemicals that are linked to stress and also reduces pain. Theta waves, which produce a feeling of well-being and serenity increase during floating. Flotation also increases internal awareness and enhances vertical coordination of the brain, improving communication and harmony among the three physiological brain layers, resulting in heightened orgasm.
C.J. Asher – What awards and nominations have the Gnarly Ride received?
Ronda Montelli – The Gnarly Rider was nominated for an O Award.
C.J. Asher – Have any adult starts endorsed or advertised the Gnarly Ride?
Ronda Montelli – Eva Angelina and Holly Heart were involved in the original promotional video and still shots with the product.
C.J. Asher – Where can one buy the Gnarly Ride?
Ronda Montelli – Currently, the Gnarly Rider is being sold in select Hustler retail store locations as well as available through various online retailers including Adam & Eve.
C.J. Asher – What are the common reasons for women to have difficulty achieving orgasm?
Ronda Montelli – The two most common are a lack of clitoral stimulation and not taking enough time. Our product addresses both issues in a unique way.
C.J. Asher – What advice do you have for women who have trouble achieving orgasm on their own or with a partner?
Ronda Montelli – Give the Gnarly Rider a try! After floating for one-half to one hour, it works like a charm for me either with my partner or by myself.
C.J. Asher – Pools are usually outdoors and are pretty close within residential neighborhoods… how do customers get around prying eyes while using the Gnarly Rider?
Ronda Montelli – There are private backyards, lifestyle resorts with private pools, and of course, lifestyle cruises. It is definitely worth the effort to find a safe place to experience the product.
C.J. Asher – One of the products on your site is Gnarly Ride Games; tell me about some of these games and how they work with the Gnarly Ride.
Ronda Montelli – The game series, DV8 Dare, was developed by fellow lifestyle enthusiasts and helps break the ice between new couples by offering various dares. The Gnarly Rider has definitely has been used as part of some of the more interesting challenges.
C.J. Asher – Besides the Gnarly Ride and games, what other products does your company sell?
Ronda Montelli – We sell a high-end, next generation series of vibrators and wands which are available on our website.