17 Skateboard Companies That Could Sponsor You
Getting sponsored is an amazing opportunity for any skateboarder – you get all the free gear you could want along with other awesome perks. But that said it isn’t an easy thing to get, you have to be both a smart and talented skater.
So with that in mind, here are a couple of skateboarding companies looking to sponsor deserving riders. If you think you have what it takes, I recommend hitting them up.
Note: it is quite hard to get sponsored by the BIG skateboard companies (Independent, Vans, Baker, etc.). Because of that, I’ve mostly picked small skateboard companies for my list. Check them out and see which one you might like most.
17. Atlas truck co
Atlas is a skateboard truck company based in the PNW (Pacific Northwest). They make decent longboard and skateboard trucks. Given they mainly cater to the longboard crowd, I believe they’d be happy to take on a street skater to push and advertise their TKP trucks for them. Find out about their sponsorship here.
16. Better Bearings AU
Catering to roller skaters, street skaters, longboarders and even inline hockey players. Better Bearings goal is to support the community and it is reflected in their actions. If you care about the community and how companies make an impact, there is no better company you can try support/choose to get sponsored by. Check them out here.
15. DNA skateboards
DNA skateboards (Design. New. Art Skateboarding) are a small skater owned company. Their ethos is to push and maintain the skate life culture. They make skate decks whilst also selling a bunch of other accessories. Check out their store and sponsor me page here.
14. Whatever skateboards
Whatever skateboards are another small company operating out of the USA. They have a pretty solid online presence, feature both longboards and skateboarders all over their media. Whilst not as big as other companies, they could be pretty good as a first sponsor. Check out their sponsorship form here.
13. Bones Wheels
Bones wheels need no introduction, these guys have been in the game for a while. For those who don’t know, they make really good wheels and bearings. Though it might be hard to get a sponsorship from them, it is worth giving it a shot (if you think you’re good enough). Check out their sponsor me page here.
12. Kingsk8 Bearings
Kingsk8 is a Chinese owned and operated brand, sponsoring riders all over the world. They don’t seem like a ‘legit’ brand and have questionable information and advertising on their website. That said, they are a company likely to send out free gear. I think they are worth reaching out too. Contact them here.
This next sponsor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but is a good option if you’re looking to get some free gear. Houkie makes a shoe sleeve to help skate shoes last longer.
A bunch of skaters have used them and say their product is pretty good. They’re a bit different, but I think their product is good and worth giving a shot. Find out more information about their sponsorship here.
10. SHIT Magazine
SHIT is a skateboard magazine that started in the early 2000s. It was started by a pair of Norweigan skaters and have been growing since. They sell skate gear and accessories and recently had an online sponsorship competition. It might be too late to compete, but I think it is worthwhile to hit-them up and get in touch (especially if you’re based in Norway).
9. Riptide sports
Riptide sports are a bushing manufacturer. Whilst bushings aren’t a big deal for street skaters, Riptide is the go-to for slalom, LDP, and general longboarding. Getting them as a sponsor would be the right step to getting your trucks to feel perfect. Check them out here.
8. Seismic Skate
A maker of really great wheels, Seismic is an underrated brand. Given they aren’t as popular in the street skating niche, they would probably be happy to take on a street skater into their team. Check out their sponsorship form and their products here on their website.
7. Loaded Longboards
One of the best longboard brands, Loaded is notorious for handing out free gear to riders. They have a fairly lengthy contact process but are likely to give you gear if you meet their conditions. Out of all the brands on my list, this might be one of the best skateboard sponsorship offers. Find out more from them here.
6. Hayashi skate co.
Another small skateboard company, Hayashi skate co have a strong focus on their environmental impact. Going as far as to plant two trees for every skateboard deck they sell. They also support communities and partner with many not-for-profit organizations. Find out more about their sponsorships here.
5. Paris truck co.
One of the best longboard truck makers in the game, these guys make great skateboard trucks too. Unsurprisingly, they sponsor great longboard dancers and downhill skaters. What they lack is representation on their street skate team. If you got the skills, I think you should try your luck. Contact them here (they’re usually very responsive on their Instagram).
4. Skate Pro
SkatePro is one of the bigger and more established brands on my list. They are looking to support riders who inspire and influence their community. They aren’t limited to location and work with skaters all over the world. I think it’s a good shot for most skaters to contact them. Check out their sign up form here.
3. Orangatang Wheels
Owned by Loaded Longboards, these guys are also notorious for sponsoring riders. With the same sign-up process as Loaded boards above. It won’t be as easy to get a sponsorship with these guys, but it is worth trying if you can get the steps right. Find out how to do it here.
2. Motion board shop
A board shop based in the PNW, these guys are known to be close with and sponsor local riders. If you live in Washington state or are nearby, I recommend you try to hit them up for gear and befriend them. You might not get a sponsorship first thing, but you may get discounts on gear here and there. Check them out here.
1. DB Longboards
A longboard making company also based in the PNW, DB makes great longboards. From what I’ve seen, they don’t have much representation from dancers, so they’d probably be happy to take one on board. So if you’re a longboard dancer, it might be a good idea to contact them.
How to get sponsored from skateboarding?
A sponsorship is when a company provides you with money or free gear in return for a service. This service could be you exclusively using their gear, advertising them on your social media, telling your crew about it, etc. But not all sponsorships are the same, some sponsorship opportunities are better than others and require more commitment.
Types of sponsorships
Skate shop sponsorship
This is basically when you get free gear from your local skate shop. It’s the easiest and most accessible type of sponsorship for most new skaters.
What local shops typically want from you, is that you tell your friends where you get your gear in hopes they’ll come and buy from that shop too. They will also require you to wear their shop gear (T-shirts, hoodies), tag them in social media posts and send them clips they can use.
I think this the best sponsorship to start with. You get to access a ton of different gear (for free or at a discount) and you can find what gear works best for you as a rider.
Flow skaters aren’t exactly ‘sponsored contractually’. By this I mean, there is no binding agreement between a company and a skater. The company kinda sends the rider free gear now and again.
Most companies do this when they like a rider and see potential in them. They are hoping that by supporting the skater, they can help take their skills to the next level. Some flow riders turn pro, so if this opportunity is presented to you, make the most of it!
Now, stepping into the territory of professional riding, amateur sponsorship is the next level. Here, riders get free gear and feature in company ads and media. They are technically company employees and will have a few obligations and responsibilities.
Finally, the companies may occasionally pay the skater, or provide resources they can use.
The final tier of sponsorship. A pro skater is fully employed by a company, they are an employee! They are on the company team and have full obligations. They are to be in company media, advertisements, wear company clothes, attend events, go on skate trips, etc.
In return, these skaters receive a salary and full benefits like health care, insurance, etc. These skaters also have the opportunity to create and sell their pro gear through the company and get royalties on them.
Pro-level sponsorships are the ultimate goal for most skaters. You get to live and work as a full-time skater. Only the top 1% of skaters ever get to this level.
What are the right steps to getting sponsored?
Being a great skater is important to get sponsored, but in a lot of ways, it’s really about who you know. Whether it’s through parties, skate jams, friends, etc. Meeting people who can sponsor you is key if you want to become a pro. Below are some steps you can take to get known by companies.
- Get exceptionally good at skateboarding. No company is gonna sponsor an unknown rider that won’t bring in views or get people talking about their gear. This is a must.
- Get known by the company – fill out sponsor me forms on their website, send in the best clips of your skating, tag them in your social media.
- Get high-quality skate clips of your self – make a killer sponsor me video.
- Attend competitions and try to stand out – be open to talking to people and you might meet some team managers. Also, attend parties and skate related events.
- If all fails, keep skating and getting better. If you’re a great skater, the universe usually does it’s magic and somehow you end up getting sponsored. It might take A LOT longer to get sponsored this way, but it will happen.
Sponsorships are great, but …
Getting sponsored can be a reward for years and years of skating and hard work.
But remember, it’s not what is important here. Yeah, getting sponsored can be sweet, but it’s not the reason we all started skating. We all simply picked up a board because it was fun, so if all else fails that’s what we should go back to. Skating just for fun. And if we do that, things tend to work out by themselves.