How I Got Sponsored

How I Got Sponsored: Walker Ryan

How I Got Sponsored: Walker Ryan

How did Walker Ryan get hooked up? It wasn’t immediate, but a little face time works wonders. Anyone can see that he’s a talented skater, but his true gift is interpersonal connection—the main ingredient for a tightknit team.

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How I Got Sponsored: Kevin Braun

How I Got Sponsored: Kevin Braun

Part of getting on a team is showing that you can be part of a team. Kevin Braun’s presence on Santa Cruz road trips showed that his contribution to the team spirit was (almost) as impressive as his skating.

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How I Got Sponsored: Arto Saari

How I Got Sponsored: Arto Saari

From an early age, Arto’s talent and style was undeniable. His path to sponsorship took him all over Europe and the U.S. and with very little command of the English language he let his skating do the talking.

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How I Got Sponsored: Cody Cepeda

How I Got Sponsored: Cody Cepeda

Not many skaters can say that one of their stylistic influences was directly responsible for sponsoring them. But this is the case with Cody Cepeda: he let his skating do the talking by sending a nondescript YouTube link to a certified legend, and he’s been swimming in product ever since.

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How I Got Sponsored: TJ Rogers

How I Got Sponsored: TJ Rogers

Blind’s team is known for having a high proportion of Canadians per capita. Bill Weiss is the man largely responsible for that, giving our brothers up north some much-deserved shine. TJ tells you about his early, troubled sponsorship experiences and the moment when it all changed in the latest “How I Got Sponsored.”

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How I Got Sponsored: Tony Hawk

How I Got Sponsored: Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk, Mike Smith, Christian Hosoi, and Mark "Gator" Rogowski. AKA the Dogtown team circa 1980. Find out how the Birdman got hooked up with this legendary lineup in "How I Got Sponsored."

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How I Got Sponsored: Matt Berger

How I Got Sponsored: Matt Berger

Matt Berger was very lucky—he has a very supportive dad who motivated him to skate. When Tony Hawk managed to influence his hometown to upgrade the local skatepark it was exactly what Matt needed to progress and perfect that buttery smooth style we all know so well. The rest is history.

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