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Meet David Elizondo: Why a College Freshman Chose to Skateboard

This month we sat down with David Elizondo, an avid skater and student at Arizona State University. He’s 19, from San Diego, California, and currently studies business at ASU. Although David has only been in college for one year, he has a ton of great advice for incoming freshman as well as other current students. Read what he has to say about skating from class to class.

Favorite Hobby: Snowboarding

David ElizondoFavorite Place to Eat: In-N-Out Burger

Favorite Movie: Inception

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an avid adventurer and am always looking for new areas around San Diego and ASU to enjoy and explore. I just finished my freshman year at ASU and am looking forward to reconnecting with friends when I return in the fall.

2.) What activities are you involved with in school?

I’m currently a member of the outdoor adventure and business law clubs at ASU and am looking forward to participating in intramural soccer next semester.

3.) Do you think having a means of transportation is necessary for college students?

Being able to transport quickly is definitely necessary for college students, particularly at a large campus like ASU where walking from corner to corner can take over 15 minutes.

4.) What is your preferred means of transportation, especially around the college campus?

I love skating around campus and between classes because it’s quick, fun, and more secure. I can bring my board inside with me without having to worry about locking it up like a bike.

5.) Why do you enjoy skateboarding?

Skateboarding can be a relaxing cruise or a high-speed adrenaline rush. The variety ensures that it’s always exiting.

6.) When did you first learn to skateboard and what sparked this interest?

I really started skateboarding while looking for a summer activity to replace snowboarding and found it to be a fun alternative. You can skate nearly anywhere that has sidewalks for free and it gives you a ton of freedom since you can get around faster and easier.

David conquering the slopes

7.) What tips do you have for people learning to skateboard?

Be patient and don’t give up! The best way to improve is by pushing yourself to try new things and get comfortable on a board.

8.) For the students who only walk to class, what do you have to say to them?

Grab yourself a skateboard, a set of Board Blazers, and get moving!

9.) Tell the readers some of your favorite benefits of skating.

Riding a board is a great way to relieve stress and have fun with friends. You can ride nearly anywhere and once you have your equipment it doesn’t cost a cent!

10.) Why do you think Board Blazers LED lights could heighten your riding experience?

Besides the fact that they look awesome, having lights under my board just makes a lot of sense. It increases nighttime visibility.

11.) What’s up next with your Board Blazers?

Going out tonight and showing off to my friends!

Whether you’re college student or the parent of an incoming freshman, we hope David was able to shed some light on shredding around campus. Connect with David on Facebook and comment below if you have any questions for him.

 

About The Author:

Yogin Patel HeadshotYogin Patel is a serial entrepreneur who currently attends Arizona State University. At the age of 16, Yogin became an independent marketing consultant, along with an avid blogger and online marketer. In the past year, Yogin has worked with several small businesses, including local restaurants, hotels, and personal brands. He builds clean websites, ranks businesses on the first page of Google, and manages social media for brands. In his free time, Yogin likes to read thought-provoking books and play basketball with friends. To learn more about Yogin, or to get in touch with him, go to YoginPatel.com, or add him on his LinkedIn. Yogin blogs at Doolid.com.


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The Most Essential Safety Gear

Skateboarding can be an easy, fun, and healthy activity. It can prove to be a very effective means of transportation in crowded cities or around college campuses, but like any other activity that involves high speed and balance, not wearing the right kind of protection can prove to be a bad idea. While it’s very important to understand that the faster you go and the more extreme tricks you try the harder you will fall, injury shouldn't be a part of skating. Remember: everyone falls, so keep a good attitude and don’t let it ruin your skating fun. Here’s a list of the most essential skateboard safety gear you’ll need (and might thank us for later).

Helmet

Whether you are riding a motorcycle, bike, or any other vehicle that goes fast, a helmet is definitely the first accessory you should put on the shopping list. It’s the top priority for safety gear. As simple as it is, the helmet becomes a vital layer between your skull and the hard surface you are riding on. There is no excuse for letting your helmet accumulate dust at home. Forget about the stereotype that wearing a helmet makes you look like an astronaut. (Yet, I always thought being an astronaut was cool). A quick search on the Internet can render countless stories where the only notable consequence of a skating accident was a broken helmet. Imagine if those people decided against wearing helmets on those particular days. Of course, kids can be hard-headed sometimes (helmet pun!), so we’ve also compiled a list of the best ways to get your kids to wear a helmet.

(Photocred: http://alwaysinfo.co.uk)

Skate Shoes

Although you might not consider shoes part of the safety gear for skateboarding, they are able to make the difference between a good and bad ride. Safety is not restricted to cushioning against falls. Most falls are caused by a loss of balance when turning or doing tricks. The main culprit for this is the sole of your shoes. In order to better control the movement of the skateboard underneath, you should be able to transmit movement commands from your body to the board. Skate shoes have flat soles that provide the maximum surface area to contact the board, offering improved control. Special shoes can be found in shops dedicated to skateboarding, but you should not be surprised to find regular pairs of shoes, especially those made by Vans and Converse, that work just as well. Plus, this video explains how to extend the life of your skate shoes:

Knee Pads

When falling off a skateboard, the knees and wrists are the most exposed parts of the body. Bruised knees aren’t battle scars, they’re a sign that you need knee pads. Wearing knee pads is not something just for kids or inexperienced skaters. Even seasoned riders will appreciate the information KidsHealth has compiled a lot of useful information regarding knee injuries. Putting the knee first is a normal response to limit the impact height, but it can cause very ugly injuries. Therefore, it is crucial to have protection on your knees.

Elbow and Wrist Guards

Elbows and wrists are some of the most commonly injured body parts when skating. Again, the greatest risk is joint injury. Wearing elbow pads and wrist guards can prevent or limit all kinds of skateboard-related injuries. The next time you’re hurtling toward the pavement, you’ll thank us. Not all pads have to look bulky though – here’s a list of the best skateboard pads to wear.

Skate Clothing

To prevent inventible road rash after a nasty fall, skaters often prefer long pants and long-sleeved shirts. This is an awesome way to make safety look cool. By combining the latest styles, most popular brands, and your own creativity, you can stand out while riding safely! Of course, make sure not to pick clothing that’s too restrictive, so that you have plenty of freedom of movement when riding. Baggy clothing is often popular with skaters, but be sure not to wear clothing that’s so loose that it drags on the ground or gets caught in your board.

At Board Blazers, we strive to make riding as safe and fun as possible. Leave us a comment below and be sure to check out our other blog posts for other ways you can maximize your skateboarding experience. Give us a quick like on our Facebook page at facebook.com/boardblazers. Safe skating!

 

About The Author:

Yogin Patel HeadshotYogin Patel is a serial entrepreneur who currently attends Arizona State University. At the age of 16, Yogin became an independent marketing consultant, along with an avid blogger and online marketer. In the past year, Yogin has worked with several small businesses, including local restaurants, hotels, and personal brands. He builds clean websites, ranks businesses on the first page of Google, and manages social media for brands. In his free time, Yogin likes to read thought-provoking books and play basketball with friends. To learn more about Yogin, or to get in touch with him, go to YoginPatel.com, or add him on his LinkedIn. Yogin blogs at Doolid.com.


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How to Get Your Children to Absolutely Love Skateboarding

How to Get Your Children to Absolutely Love Skateboarding

The long days of summer are drawing near, and it’s the perfect time for you and your child to embrace a new sport. Skateboarding can be different for all ages, but many children learn to ride at a young age. Besides being widely considered as “cool,” skateboarding is also an excellent way to get active, improve core balance, and strengthen the joints. Practiced from an early age, it helps build confidence, resilience, and keeps your outdoors (gasp!) and away from the screen.

Skateboarding for Kids

As a parent, convincing your kids to start practicing a sport can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. Beyond the initial enthusiasm of your children, keeping up motivation to get out and practice is tough for any sport. A positive method for making skateboarding and other sports a permanent item on your child’s agenda is to establish a habit. Skateboarding every day after school, for example, can become a release that your child looks forward to each day.

 Father Son Skateboarding

Photocred: Vice.com

Never Sacrifice Safety  

The best way to make sure your child stays on the safe side of skateboarding is to inform yourself about the subject. You can start by browsing the internet and reading dedicated forums. You may also want to consider asking for more personalized and direct advice from your local skate shop. Also, consult our previous blog post about how to stay safe while skating. Safety is an issue you should never neglect, especially in extreme sports like skateboarding. Remind your kids that safety can be cool, and let them pick the helmets and pads they think are coolest, provided they’re equally safe. Never consider safety equipment as something optional when it comes to skateboarding for kids. Visit Nationwide Children’s for more information regarding safety and statistics.

Practice with Your Child

Sometimes the best way to make your child love and get attached to something is to practice it together. Face it, you could probably use some time away from the computer as well, rediscovering the thrill of the road without sitting behind the wheel. Rediscover your sense of balance, leave your rational thinking behind, and buy a skateboard for yourself (if you’re in appropriate physical condition, of course).  You get to make sure your child is safe, while learning the basics of skateboarding, and enjoying your free time in a relaxing way few adults would even dare to consider. Really, what’s better than bonding time with your children?

Learn With Peers

Practicing any sport, particularly skateboarding, is better with others. After introducing your child to the basic principles of skateboarding, give him/her the liberty to find people of the same age to skate with. Skateboarding for kids is an activity that requires a lot of support. Kids are fast learners when knowledge is spread by personal example. In addition, outdoor activities are proven building blocks of long-lasting friendships. If your child struggles with finding someone to share his/her new acquired passion with, then take a tour of the neighborhood and become the match maker. Another way to meet children his/her age would be to go to a nearby skate park, and let your child meet a new friend. There are generally tons of kids learning to skateboard or practicing their skills. Sit on the sidelines and watch your child bond with others, improve their skills, and show off their best moves. Here’s a good database of local skate parks near you.

 Los Angeles Skatepark

Photocred: Parks.lacounty.gov

Give Them Time

Everything is hard at the beginning. After a few bruises your child may hand you the skateboard claiming that this is not a sport for him/her. Allow your child some rest and time-off. Afterward, let them decide when to start riding again. Remember, we all respond better to things that we choose to do rather than are told to do. Learning to skateboard is no exception.

If you’d like to read about someone’s love and hate relationship with skateboarding and why he made it a hobby, visit Medium.com

Enjoy this article about skateboarding for kids? Share it with your friends and family! Comment with any questions, and we’ll see you on the streets!

 

About The Author:

Yogin Patel HeadshotYogin Patel is a serial entrepreneur who currently attends Arizona State University. At the age of 16, Yogin became an independent marketing consultant, along with an avid blogger and online marketer. In the past year, Yogin has worked with several small businesses, including local restaurants, hotels, and personal brands. He builds clean websites, ranks businesses on the first page of Google, and manages social media for brands. In his free time, Yogin likes to read thought-provoking books and play basketball with friends. To learn more about Yogin, or to get in touch with him, go to YoginPatel.com, or add him on his LinkedIn. Yogin blogs at Doolid.com.


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7 Top Skateboard Accessories

7 Top Skateboard Accessories

Buying a basic skateboard without skateboard accessories is like buying plain vanilla ice cream without any toppings. If you are looking to improve your riding experience as well as show off to your friends, you may want to consider getting some skateboard accessories. Here are 7 of the coolest ways to trick out your board:

1. Stickers

This is very simple to do and provides unlimited options. Stickers come in all shapes and sizes. They help to showcase individuality. Your deck will surely stand out of the crowd if are able to find or create some unique stickers. Remember stickers are not restricted to the skateboard and you can even personalize your helmet or bike with them. StickerMule is a website that allows you to make custom stickers.

Board Blazers Skate Stickers

Board Blazers Skate Stickers

2. Helmet

Yes, a helmet is definitely a skateboard accessory! One of the best ways to stand out is to customize your skateboard helmet. Stickers are the most common option, but you can also get more creative. Stick-on helmet mohawks are increasingly popular for kids, while the type of helmet you choose can also reflect your style. Or, make your helmet unique by painting graffiti on it.

3. Wheels

Although often taken for granted, the process of choosing the right set of wheels for your ride is crucial for better performance. Skateboard accessories such as wheels can vary in diameter and material hardness. It is a good idea to know from the start what kind of rider you are. Do you want speed, tricks, or just peaceful cruises around the college campus? The size of your wheels affects your board’s top speed, acceleration, and ability to turn. Choosing bigger wheels will give you more speed because each turn brings a longer distance due to the perimeter of the wheels. On the other hand, smaller wheels will allow you to accelerate faster and do all kind of tricks. One of the best skateboard accessories is an extra set of wheels that will complement the ones you already have. Our favorite? Babydubz chrome wheels.

BabyDubz Skate Wheels

Photocred: BabyDubz Skate Wheels

4. Deck Protection

The deck of a skateboard is subject chipping, cracking, and even breaking. However careful you may be, it will eventually meet a harder surface, often against a curb. The front and back of the deck are the first areas where your deck will begin to wear off. Using a nose guard and tail guard, commonly made from plastic or rubber, will dramatically extend the life of your deck and keep it in top shape. Try these guards from SoCal Skate Shop.

5. Backpack

Specially designed skate backpacks are a common way to carry your board. Distinguished by buckling carrying straps, a skate backpack not only keeps your gear together in one spot, but also can help it from getting stolen. By looping a padlock around the truck and a strap, you can protect against theft.  Skate backpacks can cost hundreds of dollars, but some quality models can be found for much less, like this top-rated one on Amazon for under 40 bucks!

6. Sunglasses

Besides making you look cool, sunglasses will dramatically improve safety while riding with the sun in front of you. Another benefit of wearing sunglasses is that you no longer have to worry about those small flying insects getting in your eyes when cruising at high speeds. This classic skateboard accessory will keep you on the edge of looking trendy as well as protecting your eyes. Of course, Ray-Bans never go out of style.

Photocred: Chictopia.com

7. Board Blazers

Of course, we have to mention Board Blazers skateboard lights! Last but not least, you will need something to help you ride better at night. Although the traffic is lighter, night time riding can be much more dangerous because it is hard for drivers to see you. Board Blazers allow you to ride in style and safety. Sadly, the majority of skateboard accidents happen on the street, not at skateparks. Board Blazers LED Underglow enhance the look of your ride without limiting its performance, and are compatible with all boards, bikes, and scooters. Get yours today!

Board Blazers Tempe Town Lake

What’s your favorite skate accessory? Did we miss anything especially unique? Comment below and let us know!

 

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Yogin Patel HeadshotYogin Patel is a serial entrepreneur who currently attends Arizona State University. At the age of 16, Yogin became an independent marketing consultant, along with an avid blogger and online marketer. In the past year, Yogin has worked with several small businesses, including local restaurants, hotels, and personal brands. He builds clean websites, ranks businesses on the first page of Google, and manages social media for brands. In his free time, Yogin likes to read thought-provoking books and play basketball with friends. To learn more about Yogin, or to get in touch with him, go to YoginPatel.com, or add him on his LinkedIn. Yogin blogs at Doolid.com.

 

 


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Behind-the-Scenes: Entrepreneur Magazine

Board Blazers is featured in this month’s issue of Entrepreneur magazine. Founder & CEO Greg Rudolph explains how the company earned national media attention.

The Pitch:

It began on October 12th, 2014 with a completely different story. Through the media service HARO, I’d emailed Michelle Goodman, the Entrepreneur writer, my pitch to be a source for an article she was putting together about employee-owned businesses. A few days later she emailed me back, but it turned out that Board Blazers wasn’t quite the right fit for the piece so I declined to interview. That’s when it got interesting: almost immediately after I emailed her back, Michelle called my cell! Not wanting to waste the golden opportunity, I quickly told her the “duct-tape” story over the phone in the middle of a crowded (and loud) coffee shop in downtown Phoenix. She offered to pitch the story for a “Wacky Idea” column to the editors at the magazine, but cautioned that it was unlikely we’d get a response.

The Interview:

After sending her a few facts and figures, I didn’t hear anything more for months and didn’t think much of it. Then, in mid-December, I got an email from Michelle: the story was on!  I scrambled to find a time we could interview during the busy holiday rush, and on December 22nd, we finally spoke at length. The phone interview, with Michelle in Seattle and myself in SoCal, was very casual and open-ended. Mostly we talked about Washington Husky football and the Seahawks’ recent defeat of the Cardinals. Oh yeah, we also covered every detail of the business, from our sponsorships of competitive skaters to the way I originally designed the logo.

The Photo Shoot:

Around that time, I was also coordinating with the magazine’s photo department to set up a photo shoot. There were lots of questions to be answered: would we shoot in SoCal or Phoenix? Where would we shoot? Since I can’t ride a skateboard, who would be in the photos? I eventually connected with the photographer, Jeff Clarke, and we narrowed it to two possible locations: the north end boardwalk at Doheny Beach, or the skate park at world-famous Venice Beach. Because of its rich skateboarding history and the backdrop of the skate park, Jeff selected Venice. Since he’d worked with us before when filming the Live Life and Win! TV segment (https://vimeo.com/100860211), and because he’s an excellent skater, I asked my friend Kiefer Greenspan to join us for the shoot to ride the boards.

Kiefer having some fun at the shoot.On January 2nd, 2015, after I’d just returned from a trip to El Paso, Kiefer and I fought the LA rush-hour traffic and met Jeff at the beach. Over the next four hours, he took thousands of photos (!) at several different locations in the area. It was tedious work – you can see in the photo it made Kiefer a little loopy! It doesn’t look like it in the photo that ended up in the magazine, but it was also freezing that night. You can see behind the scenes photos of the shoot on our Facebook page. It was quite a production: Jeff brought several different cameras and a variety of lights that attracted a host of onlookers, vagrants, and curious tourists. The photo in the magazine was actually one of the last ones we took, and I love the combination of movement of the skater in the background and the sunset over the beach. Unfortunately, after all of his time and effort, Kiefer didn’t make it in the shot! After we finished, the three of us have fond memories of sitting around Jeff’s camper van, swapping stories late into the night and hearing about Jeff's worldwide travels.

Finishing Touches:

Over the next several months, I was constantly emailing back-and-forth with fact-checkers, writers, and other magazine staff. In all, it took 71 emails to put together the piece! To their credit, the magazine was very thorough about every aspect of the story, and we ironed out wording to be as clear and accurate as possible. Still, I had never seen the full article, and it wasn’t until it hit newsstands that I was sure it was going to be published! In the end, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way the column turned out. Michelle did an excellent job capturing the entrepreneurial spirit of the company, and Jeff’s photo definitely captures the cool essence of the brand. The only disappointment is that I asked them to make me look 6’4,” deeply-tanned, and add about 50 pounds to my frame in the photo, but it didn’t happen :)

- Greg Rudolph

Read the final article here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243539

See more behind-the-scenes photos: facebook.com/boardblazersent

Celebrating with a Diddy-Reese ice cream sandwich in Westwood after the shoot:

Greg celebrates at Diddy-Reese


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