28 April 2009

Sponsorship Motivation Revisited

I get asked every day if I could help someone get a sponsorship, or even if I can sponsor people. I feel that too many people emphasize the 'need' to get sponsorships. There are a few reasons why people want to get sponsored.

- Get free stuff
- Respect

Both of these reasons I feel are the wrong reason to get sponsored.
I've learned a couple of things about sponsorship over my fingerboarding career. It's very nice be sponsored, but if that's your sole reason of fingerboarding than you should quit.

There have been times where I felt discouraged about sponsorships. At times I had no one sponsoring me, and I was really focused on trying to get one. I was so focused on trying to get a sponsorship that I lost sight of why I fingerboarded in the first place.

Why do I fingerboard?

I fingerboard because I love it. It's as simple as that. Each fingerboard event that I have attended has provided me with a different outlook. This past Rendezvous has provided me with a fresh perspective on fingerboarding. I am amazed to see how a finger skateboard can bring so many people together. I met so many people and made a bunch of friendships that I feel will last forever ^_^ If this is not the true reason to fingerboard, then I don't know what is!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fingerboard is fun, and it fills my days. My holidays, my working break, and even when I go with my girlfriend.

That's why I love fingerboard so much. I didn't do it for sponsorship or even money. I just want to do what I like and meet you guys (although only from internet). and knowing that a lot of great people that have same passion with me.

That is the reason why I try to make Fingerboard scene in my country (Indonesia) bigger. to spread the love and the joy of fingerboarding.

maybe I don't need a sponsorship, but we do need something (i don't know what and how) that can support us, like quality boards, ramps and stuffs. Cause we only ride TD and homemade ramps.



April 28, 2009 at 2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if your good at fingerboarding and u truley enjoy it sponsorship will come to you

peace out ,will (an english fingerboarder lol)

April 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Alex Hancak said...

Yes Chris is absolutely right! I dont have a sponsor, and I upload Fingerboarding videos for fun =)

April 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ur soooooooooo right even though i love to fingerboard, havin fun is wat always comes first in my book,

April 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me i am a new fingerboarder, i believe that chris is right an i have been thinking wow mike shcnieder or chris daniels or pat mcginn is sooo cool because they have sponsor ships, but really the only reason they are cool is because they ride for fun and then organize get togethers to make freinds and learn through the art of fingerboarding... I do have to sa it would be nice to get sponsored forthe free stuff because i find fingerboard equipment is expensive. (i know that if you love the sport you dont need the extra stuff)

April 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Conner said...

you're one hundred percent right dude. I started fingerboarding just to have something to do (while I couldn't skate[board], broken arm ]: ) then it got more interesting. I did it more and more. then I learned about fingerboard sponsors, and wanted one. I would get so pissed off at myself if I couldn't film a trick for a try-out, and, even if I still want to try out, I have to not be so worried about making it. I'm only sponsored by Ollie North cause I was decent and knew another dude from there. But now that I've gotten so much better, I feel that I earn it everyday. I want to get sponsored by known companies, but it's not everything. I'll just do it to do it :)

April 28, 2009 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Fabian Schreiter said...

that´s a very good text, love it! Ten of two thumbs up! ;)

April 28, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont wish to be sponsored but getting a wooden fingerboard has to be the hardest thing I ever tried to do. Fingerboarding is one of the coolest things Ive ever tried despite having a teck deck and noone who loves fingerboarding as much as me around me. Just looking at this site makes me happy and pushes me to keep fingerboarding so who needs sponsors!

April 28, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Brandon Chambers said...

Nice way to put it.

April 28, 2009 at 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some people have the talent but have a shity setup and just wanna know what it's like to have a dialed park or finger board and sponserships the olney way they would be able to do that

April 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Chris Daniels said...

Sponsorship isn't the only a good fingerboard or fingerboard ramps.

AnggaPanda - Send me an email at fbweekly (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll see what I can do to help the Indonesian scene out!

April 28, 2009 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

id love to see the english fingerboarding scene grow :)


April 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@will above me

where do you buy wood fb and parts in UK? I have a friend on trip in Aberdeen..I want to ask her to buy for me..

what brand do you have ?


May 1, 2009 at 5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i buy my stuff from brr and fingerboard store.de i have a berlin wod flatface wheels etc just shop on the net


May 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous tom pidgeon said...

fingerboarding is lots of fun people who just get sponsered so they ca get free stuff im sure people enjoy getting free stuff but if i was sponsered i would like getting stuff but it would not be be as good as knowing you are one of the people who are sponsered for doin what they enjoy and always will enjoy

May 5, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous tom pidgeon said...

oh forgot to say bye lol

May 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger wdfx0rcopta said...

man that is so true. my friend got sponsered just for the free stuff, and so he could brag about it. you should just put up a video of you having fun, if you get sponsered thats great.ya the free stuff is cool but if you love fingerboarding then thats the right reason.

May 5, 2009 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger wasntme1981 said...

I absolutely love your blog. You are professional, courteous and always have first hand information. Keep it coming. I am a second hand fingerboarder. I am the #1 fingerboard fan. Can you please email me Chris. I left a message at your contact page. Thank you in advance.

May 6, 2009 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger wasntme1981 said...

Hello Chris:

We met at Rendezvou 6. I absolutely love your blog. You should be a professional writer. I am an avid #1 fingerboard fan. I sent you a private message via your contact and am hoping you will reply. Thank you for your professional courtesy and response in advance.

May 6, 2009 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger Chris Daniels said...

I apologize that I didn't contact you earlier, as I failed to see the comments in this page and nows it over a month late! Feel free to contact me and I will try to respond asap. Thanks for the compliments and support, I really appreciate it!

June 15, 2009 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger wasntme1981 said...

Hi Chris:

We met at Rendezvous 6. I do not want a sponsership dear, I have video from the Rendevouz that I would like to share with you and just did not know the best way to get it to you. I actually have photos of you at Rendezvous as well.

Sue Patton

June 15, 2009 at 4:51 AM  
Blogger wasntme1981 said...


I hate the touchpad on my laptop.....It actually bounced and the msg went to the blog. That's okay though. In any event, I have wonderful photos and video that I would love to share with you and just did and do not know how to get them to you. Believe me, I am not looking for a spondership.......I just enjoy my son and all of you having fun and having it in positive way.


June 15, 2009 at 4:57 AM  
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