As 2012 comes to an end, we wanted to highlight one of the biggest and most exciting developments of the year for us at the Roarockit Skateboard Company. It took a lot of hard work and organization, but we were recently able to introduce the FooARage Skateboard Company as our official UK distributor of Roarockit Technology!
We are so proud of the work they have done in their community; engaging kids by not only building their own boards, but by actually riding them and helping to beautify their environment with some incredible artwork. They have gone above and beyond with the direction of their programs (they actually do their own wheel art! Like C'MON!!), and we look forward to seeing what they come up with in the years ahead.
We asked owners Brent and Nicola to tell us how they got started, and what using Roarockit Technology has meant to them:
"Brent has had a passion for skateboarding all his life, so we decided to build a mini ramp in our back garden in September 2011 to run some skate sessions. Later that day we discussed the idea of making skateboards, as part of a youth engagement project. That’s when our journey begun to expand as we researched the UK for a workshop that would explore the way they are built! Unfortunately, we found no one in the UK promoting that kind of thing, so our research took us into Canada to buy the maple wood and this is where we come across Roarockit....... WOW this is exactly what we would like to do here in the UK.
As professionals; Brent is a qualified teacher and builder by trade. I am a mixture of Management sales and working with the public on many levels of support. We decided to mix these skills together to make some changes to the way we could deliver education to those who are disengaged with the regular school curriculum. Our passion to create positive change and to inspire those who need it most is exhaustive.
We have found that the Roarockit Thin Air Press process is fantastic because it’s simple and safe, and has a hands on experience which makes the whole process individual, while still being done in a group environment! No power tools involved and the TAP bags create awesome decks!
So here we are a year on, running many courses and changing many young people’s lives by creating positive social change with the amazing Roarockit Tech! This has been a truly inspiring experience and Norah and Ted have been fantastic mentors. We are the official distributor of Roarockit materials for the UK & EU and are very much looking forward to 2013 and what it has in store!!"
And what about the name FooARage you ask?
"...Oh, and the name FooARage was made up by our son who mixed two of his favourite band names together; Foo Fighters & Rage Against the Machine, to create his XBOX online tag name and because he is a big inspiration for us, we used the name." Very cool.