Here's the secret formula for sponsorship!
“My question is that in order for me to get sponsored, how many stairs do I have to ollie? Or what tricks do I need to know? Please give me a straight answer on how many stairs I need to ollie and, if possible, name the tricks for me so I can work on those, too.”
This was a partial excerpt from a young skater's letter addressed to TWS. This isn't the first time we've received a letter about the process of obtaining the ever-coveted skateboard-company sponsorship, and it probably won't be the last.
I wish there were a secret formula for success to share with you all, but unfortunately, there isn't. If you're looking to up the ante on the stair-count meter, then you'd probably have to ollie a 25-stair monster. Easy enough, right?
On the subject of tricks or maneuvers, it's limitless. It doesn't matter so much what tricks you do, but rather how it looks while you're executing them–style is everything.
An easier approach to skateboard sponsorship is to not worry about it and just be yourself. Stay true to skateboarding and it will stay true to you.
Perfect examples are the four individuals featured in this issue: Kristian Svitak (page 196), Anthony “Ragdoll” Scalamere (page 217), Chris Senn (page 246), and Andrew Reynolds (page 260). They're only but a handful of individuals existing in our skateboarding culture who don't worry about what's been done, or what someone else is trying to do–they simply handle their business and skate for the sheer fun of it.
Don't forget, skateboarding wasn't meant to be taken too seriously. Just ride your board.–Eric Sentianin