So you want to know how to get sponsored skateboarding? You want to be the next big thing on the skateboarding scene, getting free skateboarding gear and having your name plastered across your own pair of pro-model shoes and skate decks? Becoming a sponsored skateboarder isn't too tricky, as long as you have the heart and the skill. Here are some hints and tips on how to get sponsored in skateboarding.
First off, you need to ride your skateboard. A lot. In fact, the more you skateboard, the better your chances are at getting sponsored. Skateboarding companies want to sponsor people who can do a lot of different tricks, and ride a variety of spots, so get out there. Skate to and from school, skate to the store, hit everything you see.
Skate at your local skatepark, and try and hit skateparks in other towns, too. You are going to need to be a great skateboarder in order to get sponsored, and no one becomes great without practice.
Once you feel like you've got some pretty solid skateboarding down, move on to Step Two... If you live in a town of any size at all, there has to be small local skateboarding competitions around. Hunt them down - ask at your skateshop and check online. You may have to travel a bit, but once you are good enough, you should start trying to hit skateboarding competitions. Skate competitions are one of the best places to get noticed for sponsorship. Don't worry if you don't do well right away, just keep at it!
And once you do well, continue on to larger and harder skateboarding competitions - if you want some major skateboarding sponsors, doing well at large skate competitions is one of the only ways to get noticed! Get a buddy to film you skateboarding - pull off your best skate tricks, and edit the video so that it only shows the best skateboarding you can do. Try filming yourself skateboarding in a variety of places, pulling off different kinds of tricks. Skateboarding companies get a pile of skateboarding videos from people who want to become sponsored skateboarders, so you'll need to make sure that your "sponsor me" video is well made, and has something interesting in it to catch their attention. This can be a funny stunt, or some fresh new tricks and skateboarding variations. Remember, if you try for the funny part, to make sure that your video does mostly feature your skateboarding, though!
Finally, with the "sponsor me" skateboarding video, try to keep it short, with only the best parts. These companies really do get a lot of sponsorship skateboarding videos, and they have seen a lot, so try to keep it short and interesting. As you get better at skating, you'll probably make newer and better skateboarding videos - that's great! Once you have your video, you'll want to send it out to your favorite skateboarding companies! Take a look at this list of skate company web sites - most of the skate companies that do skateboarding sponsorships will have information about applying for skate sponsorships on their websites. I recommend trying for smaller skateboarding companies first, and working up to larger ones. In the same way, your local skate shop might sponsor people - that's also an excellent place to start. And whether the skate shop sponsors skaters or not, they will know other info and have their own contacts with skateboarding companies that you might be able to send your sponsorship video to.
Another great way to get sponsored is by getting to know people at the skateboarding company that you want to be sponsored by. Try to find out who is in charge of skateboarding sponsorships, contact them, and get to know them. How to Get Skateboarding Sponsors - Be Cool Through all of this, make sure that you aren't cocky and arrogant. These companies who want to sponsor you will want someone who is fun to work with; someone who is friendly. Do your best to curb your ego and relax.
It also helps if you can improve your image. You will be representing these companies who will sponsor you, so take a look at the image that company has and make sure you match it. If the company is rough and hardcore, then they will want to sponsor people who look that way. If the company is fun and goofy, again, it will improve your chances to get sponsored in skateboarding if you match. You don't necessarily need to change the way you look - instead, look for companies to sponsor you that match you.
That being said, it is true that some companies won't sponsor skaters purely because of how they look. That might seem lame, but it's their money. Either change, or go for other companies! After you’ve gotten some sponsors, and / or you’ve won some competitions, don’t stop! Keep improving, and keep pushing yourself. Enter more contests to get noticed, while making better and better videos of yourself to send to companies.
The final trick to help you go pro is to move to California! You don’t necessarily need to do this, but California seems to be the unofficial center of the pro skateboarding world. It helps a lot to actually run into other pro skaters, and to make connections. If you can’t make that big of a move, then find out where the heart of skateboarding is in your country. Ask around, and try to stick to where the action is. It helps.
The most important part is to just relax and have fun. Skate because you love it, and it will show. It may take you a while to get sponsored in skateboarding - or it may take you no time at all. Either way, just relax, have fun, and enjoy yourself. Trust me, when you love to skate, it shows in your skateboarding.