Archive for June, 2009
Bamboo Sk8 is a revolutionary company. It is dedicated to putting out the best product on the market, while saving the world one tree at a time. I am proud to call myself a Bamboo Sk8 Intern and I look forward to doing my part to develop, market, advertise, and sale skateboards made out of bamboo. I see this company as ground breaking, soon influencing other companies to get creative and eco-aware of their product. I look forward to working with everyone at the company and learning as much as I can from them. Every day I will come in with an open mind and suck up as much knowledge as I can that will better my performance ultimately leading to the betterment of the company. Stay tuned good and extraordinary things are bound to happen, soon.
Hi my name is Shawn Wood and I’m interning at Bamboosk8. I recently graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Business. When I was living in Northern California I worked at Ground Zero Board Shop. It was lots of fun and I learned the ins and outs of this crazy industry. Ground Zero opened some doors for me as being a sub rep for Electric Visual, and Sanuk. Lots of fun and challenging at times, and went from selling items to customers to placing reorders with owners. I moved back to Southern California to be closer to the hub of things. I’m now interning at Bamboosk8 and love that I’m working for a company that cares about the environment. I worked at a skate shop for over two years and had no idea that skate boards made from maple are cut from 60 year old trees. Not down with that and now that I know that I really support the fact that Bamboo is the way to go. It grows super fast and you can Ollie 3” higher. Stay green, but not like the Hulk.
Erin and I got to go to the Hobie Surf/Skate Shop Green Room opening last week in Laguna Beach. It was really fun and a lot of people came out to support the first shop in America to have a Green Room; a room dedicated to all things environmentally friendly in surf and skate. It featured a bunch of Volcom and Livity products. Pro skater Ray Barbee played some music along with tons of free food and drinks from Adina, Chipotle, Amazon Energy, and Yerba Mate.
Wuts Up guys!
I’m Christie one of the new intern for BambooSk8. A little about me I am Colombian and I was raised in San Diego, CA my whole life. I currently go to school at The Art Institute of California, San Diego. I graduate at the end of this summer with a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management. My biggest passions are photography, art, and traveling. Growing up in SoCal has allowed me to be surrounded by surfers, skaters, and snowboarders which inspired me to get into the action sports industry. As an intern at BambooSk8 I have been able to work and multiple projects while interacting one on one with skaters through networking sites. I look forward to learning more about the skater’s lifestyle and being a part of crazy events throughout the summer such as Go Skate Boarding Day, ASR, and more!
On June 18th, we all met up (owners, interns, family members, etc.) at the El Callejon restaurant in Encinitas off the PCH; a delicious mexican restaurant who was recommended by our Office manager Laurie. This was the final celebration of our 3rd graduating class of interns at bamboosk8, although unfortunately 3 of the interns couldn’t make it and 3 others never graduated. We were very fortunate to have Chad, the owner of malakye.com come out and celebrate with us, as well talk to the interns about what he is seeing in the job market. After having dinner, Geoff spoke to the interns about “value” which he accomplished by demonstrating who would still want a $100 bill after it was crumpled and stepped on – it’s still $100 and so are we as human beings, no matter what our circumstances – we’ve all been down, stepped on, etc. but we have to recognize our value and increase it. Next, Geoff gave Kevin (krystie’s boyfriend from Germany) the $100 bill and a plaque thanking him for his help with some packaging of our decks. Then, Ron and Wyatt spoke about each intern giving personal stories of the value we found with each intern, as well as handing each a plaque recogning:
”most likely to succeed” – Greg
“class clown” – Mark D
“best photography” – Jamie
“most creative” – Kystie
“most persistent” – Mark O
“most improved” – Brittany
“most congenial” – Monica
“most dilligent” – Monique
Most importantly for Geoff was giving a plaque to his lovely girlfriend Catherine – “the woman behind the man”.
We then followed the evening with a final thank you from Mark and then photos, hugs and autographs. This group will definitely be missed and we are confident that they will do well in life in their future roles in action sports and hopefully skateboarding. No matter what, they will always be a part of the bamboo family.
Mark D and I made the trip up to Santa Barbara to represent BambooSK8 at SurfRider Foundations Concert for the Coast in Isla Vista near UCSB’s campus. We donated 6 of our decks to be raffled off and brought up some great new prototypes of our longboard line coming out later this summer. We were also able to take a photo shoot and great video of our longboards in action on the great mountain roads in Santa Barbara, one being “Death Mountain”. Here are a few great pictures from the event:
So I’m Kennen (a.k.a. kage, kbear, conan, rage, etc…). I started as an intern here at BambooSK8 about a month ago. I went to school in Ithaca, NY – the craziest hippie town around, think San Francisco but with happy hippies. Got my bachelors in fiber science from Cornell in January and moved straight back home to Orange County. Ithaca was awesome but it was way cold! I thought I was gonna get a job right of college no problem, but the economy thought otherwise. It’s cool though, this internship has been pretty sick. I’ve been able to do way more as an intern here than I would have as an employee at any major company. Right now I’m working on the textile side of bamboo and have a couple projects in the works. I’m pretty stoked for this weekend, we got Go SK8 Day on Sunday – I’ll be wandering around various skate parks in Orange – and I plan to get a tech package done for my first bamboo product! More about that next time though…peace
Hey we’ll be at the Del Mar/San Diego Fair next Weds. We finally have stickers and will be handing them out and raffling off a deck. We’ll bring our new Bamboo long boards so come check them out!
So kids, farewell time!! This will be my last post.. I was lucky enough to get a job as a designer at Fox Racing and have already begun on that whole new journey.. I will miss the bamboo crew, and the fun crazy work environment, I had a ball and learnt a lot about how start-up businesses operate in this tough industry- was experience ‘behind the scenes’ that you definitely wouldn’t get at any of the bigger boys within the action sports industry.
I started my internship on the other side of the world- in Australia- and ended my bambosk8 journey here in Oceanside, CA. Just proves that you can be anywhere in the world and gain valuable experience- as long as you have skype!! While I was at bamboosk8 I worked on graphic promo material and I helped develop the new and improved website which will be launching soon, keep your eye out for it..
So thanks to everyone – Geoff for giving me a chance on the other side of the world, and thanks to all the interns- you guys are awesome and do a great job!
Will miss you all,
If you want to see some sexy bamboo decks I will be featured in a skateboard art exhibition down in San Diego on the 1st July, the gig is at ‘Taproom’ and will feature different artists from SD and OC- mark D- another intern, will also be in it so come along!
I just finished making a new poster for Bamboo SK8 today, hopefully i’ll be able to screen print it on posters and they will become give aways at events or be sent out with each deck purchase. I made it by hand which apparently was really unnecessary, so i’ll be learning how to use photoshop for future designs.
My name is Andrew Gray and I’m a new intern here at BambooSK8. I just recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BA in Marketing. I surf just about every other day, skateboard often, and snowboard regularly in the winter. I’m stoked to be contributing to the eco-friendly movement!
I’ve been learning a lot about the company, products and customers lately. I was able to help out with some of the latest ASEC skate demos in orange county and had a blast seeing everyone stoked on BambooSK8 including some of the top pros in the industry. I’ve also got a lot of positive feedback from a couple friends on how the boards perform which is awesome. Here’s a pic from the latest ASEC event in Huntington Beach of some of the local skaters who will all be skating these rad boards soon.
Every day I talk via email to a variety of young skaters via Loop’d. These skaters range from children to adults and it is awesome because they share with me cool videos and pictures of themselves. But it is the youngest kids that I think are super interesting. At a recent ASEC event in Orange County, CA, I got to meet someone whom I believe is BambooSK8’s youngest skater, Shaw. Shaw is 4 ½ years old, only rides BambooSK8 and tears it up! He is tough for his age too! He’d fall and just brush it off and keep going. HE DOES NOT CRY. He is probably about the size of the cruiser board we gave him to try out… see for yourself:
Im a new intern here at Bamboo SK8. I am a soon to be senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina but living here in Oceanside for the summer.
This past weekend we went to the Orange County High School of the Arts and a high school out in Huntington beach for ASEC skate demos called Recylce Your Brain. Fabrizio Santos and Tash Townend were there! We gave away 100 decks! It was a pretty fun and I walked away with some free stuff of my own. Over all a good time.
I see a lot of random things on the internet related to skating and by far this has maintained as one of my favorites. Do you have $8,250 to spare? They’re only making 3 of them… You’ll def. try to figure out a way to scrape that together once you see this bad boy. Maybe a good present for the girlfriend….
One word really describes this: Baller
So leave it to little blonde-haired me: I tried to login under my intern blog and it kept giving me an error notice. Typical.
Well kids, my time at BambooSK8 has come to an end and I’m very grateful for the opportunities I had during my four months here. I got to meet a lot of cool and interesting folks and really work on honing my photography skills. I had a blasty blast working on the start-up of the music program and I really hope it grows into something awesomely huge. As for me, I’m getting ready to dive back into ESPN full time in the fall for more drunken college football shenanigans. I’m also getting closer to seeing my dream of starting my own photography business come to life. I’m even shooting a wedding this month, eek! Cross your fingers and toes, too, for good measure.
a hui hou,