Industry News 8/11/2014

B$Z: Crowd-Funding Campaign Launched by Skateplates

Crowd-Funding Campaign Launched by Skateplates

Performance Risers for Street Skateboarding are designed to Make Skateboards Last Longer

A common problem of skateboards breaking along the nose and tail is addressed with a new product called Skateplates, being launched on the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

Skateplates work as risers in the traditional sense but serve a very different purpose. Constructed of high quality aluminum, they effectively reinforce the area around the truck baseplates where skateboards, where skateboards most commonly break during off center landings.

28-year-old Daniel Carlson has been perfecting the invention for the past few years after becoming frustrated with both shop style and more expensive pro-model decks breaking in matter of days.

“The design is such that it minimizes any changes in ride height, while being both lightweight and incredibly strong,” explains Mr. Carlson, “You will notice reduced stresscracks and more pop for longer in your favorite deck. And they are swappable to any skateboard or truck manufacturer.”

The first of its kind, Skateplates are a patented design with the goal of being distributed to local skate shops nationally.

Mr. Carlson feels that Skateplates, by significantly increasing deck life, will save both kids and parents money and time; as well as shops benefitting from their riders breaking less boards and the ability to sell additional items on completes.

"They definitely work,” claims Donovan Nearing during product testing, “I’m surprised something like this hasn’t come along sooner.” 

The campaign runs for 21 days ending at 10:00 PM on August 21, 2014 and can be seen by visiting

Daniel Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and currently attends Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo while pursuing his MBA.