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Inventor, Carson Kropfl
Carson Kropfl of San Clemente, CA started Locker Board in October 2016, when he was 11 years old. He had just begun middle school and wanted a skateboard that fit in his backpack and locker. None of his skateboards would, so he decided to create one. Now, he's designed the only non-folding skateboard on the market that can fit inside a backpack!
(Read about his first company, Streetubez, here).
Upcycled for New Life
Locker Board’s unique 17-in. boards are upcycled and refinished top to bottom from recycled decks donated through its skate shop retailer network, and from new but slightly blemished boards manufacturers decide not to sell.
At first, Carson personally designed and built every Locker Board skateboard by hand in his modest backyard workshop. Now, to keep up with increasingly high demand, the company uses the renowned board maker PS Stix Skateboard Manufacturing to handle production. Locker Board has also brought on Wing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo's Fish Taco, as an adviser. Through all the growth and change, Locker Board still remains the only non-folding skateboard available that is compact enough to fit inside a backpack.
Locker Board and Nike
Carson’s interest in creating sustainable boards grew even stronger during a visit to Nike World Headquarters in March, 2017 with the Independent Youth Organization. IYO is a non-profit organization through which Carson educates other young people about the joys and challenges of starting a business.
While at Nike, Carson met Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, a sustainability expert in Nike's Space Kitchen with a key role on the company’s renowned Sustainable Innovation Team. Noah helps Nike conceive and bring to market more sustainable products and services. After the Nike tour, Carson and Noah kept in touch, and a few months later, Noah began mentoring the Kropfl’s on how to research and develop sustainable products.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
Locker Board’s sustainability-driven business model emphasizes upcycling and reuse of old boards, effectively reducing the volume of manufactured waste destined for local landfills. Carson’s love of skating and commitment to helping others converge in his ongoing financial support of the Tony Hawk Foundation. Carson (and all the Kropfl’s) love that, through special events, grants and technical assistance, Tony’s Foundation helps develop public skateboard parks in low-income communities across the country.
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