7 Keys to Getting Sponsored Skateboarding

Updated on July 12, 2016

Tips & Advice for Getting Sponsored

Many skateboarders dream of getting sponsored and paid to skate.

Imagine getting free product and gear to use, travelling around the globe, skating all the best skateparks and ultimately getting paid to do what you love.

That's what I like to call living the skatelife.

There's much more to getting sponsored than just skateboarding though...

Professional skateboarder, Jamie Thomas, once said that skateboarding is only 40% of it all. Having a good attitude, being positive and motivated takes up the other 60%. In other words, this means more to sponsors than the actual talent you have.

In this article, you're going to learn what it really takes to get sponsored.

It took several sponsor-me videos before I ever got sponsored, but once it happened, that's when skateboarding really started paying off for me.

During that time up until now, I've learned a lot about sponsorships and how to get one. If I would have had someone tell me about this when I started looking for sponsors, it would have happened much sooner than it did.

If you put these keys to work in your skateboarding, you can succeed and find a way to turn your passion into profits. Where there's a will, there's a way.

To help you get sponsored, here are 7 Keys to Getting Sponsored for Skateboarding:

Key #1 - Passion for Skateboarding

It doesn't matter what career you choose in life, the most important thing you can do is to LOVE what you do.

When you just love skateboarding and have fun doing it, you won’t care whether or not you get sponsored.

And the weird thing is, that's what sponsors find attractive.

They want to see you enjoying yourself, instead of trying too hard to get sponsored. The difference shows up in your skating.

Skateboarding was meant to be fun... keep it that way.

Of course, getting sponsored will be in the back of your mind, just don't push so hard to make it happen.

Go with the flow and getting sponsored will happen if it was meant to. If it doesn't happen, keep you eyes open, because there's other doors always waiting to be opened.

Key #2 - Style Matters in Skateboarding

When looking for new team riders, sponsors are looking for someone who stands out with their style and originality.

"It's not who can kickflip the most stairs, it's all about style." - Gailea Momolu

As cliché as this sounds, be yourself.

Because there's no one in the world like you, there's no competition and no comparison. Let your personality shine. Forget what others are doing, and just do you.

Be a one in a million.

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Paul Rodriguez Winning $100,000 / Maloof Money Cup
Paul Rodriguez Winning $100,000 / Maloof Money Cup

Key #3 - Attitude of a Winner

If you watched the finale of Slap's 2012 "One In A Million" contest, you would know that there was no winner chosen this year.

The reason for this decision was because of the poor attitudes the skaters were having towards the end of the show. Because attitudes are contagious, the negativity spread throughout the entire crew and nobody got sponsored.

Jamie Thomas was on the last episode and he was telling the cameras that there's so much more to sponsorship than just skateboarding.

What he said mattered more than talent is having a good attitude, being positive and motivated to skate.

Key #4 - Promote Yourself & Get Noticed

Think of yourself as a product.

For anyone to buy your product they have to know about it first. Your duty is to get yourself out there and display your skills.

Paul Rodriguez (aka. P-Rod) has said that your best chances of getting sponsored is by entering contests, showing up to demos, making friends in the skate industry - doing everything you can to get yourself out there.

  1. Go to all the local skateboard competitions, events and parties.
  2. Make your presence known within your local skate scene and online.
  • Sign up on Myspace.com, Facebook.com, Loopd.com & theBerrics.com
  • Upload your videos and skate pictures to these social media sites.

The more exposure the better, and the more people are talking about you and your skating, the better chance you have for getting sponsored.


Key #5 - Making a Killer Sponsor-Me Video

Make your first impression a good one.

How you film and edit your sponsor me video could play a big part in whether or not your video gets watched. Videos with shaking footage or cheesy editing will not give the sponsor a good first impression.

How To Film & Edit a Killer Skate Video

  • Film in a variety of spots and be creative with your tricks.
  • Edit only your best tricks together and keep it about 2 minutes in length.
  • Keep the transitions simple and use them sparingly
  • Choose your music with caution, or don't use any at all

When you're all done with your video, post it online. Then send an email to your choice of sponsor with a link to your sponsor me video.

Use this format for sending an email:

  1. Here's who I am & what I can do
  2. Here's how I can help you
  3. Here's what I'd like to happen

First tell them who you are, where you're from, how old you are, etc.

Then give them several ways you can help them if they sponsor you. You have to be of value for them to even consider sponsoring you.

It's not what can you get, it's what can you give.

How can you help?

For example, you could help them by filming and editing trick tip videos that drive traffic to their website. Or maybe you've won several contest already and so you could help them get their brand some recognition that way.

After that, tell them what you would like to happen (e.g. get sponsored).

Go on to telling them what your goals, plans and dreams are with your life. Share with them your vision for what you would like to see happen.

Key #6 - Network & Make Connections

One of the most important keys to getting sponsored is having the right friends.

You should get in contact the team manager and get to know him or her. If you know someone who knows them ask to be introduced. It would also be a good idea to make friends with the guys on the team.

When you send in a sponsor me video it could be these guys watching and making the decision whether or not to have you on the team.

It would do you good to make as many connections with people inside and out of the skate industry. Be friendly and be of value.

Key #7 - Constant Improvement

Sponsors want to see you always improving when you're skating.

Everyday you skate you should make a decision and work to get better at skateboarding. If you aren't constantly showing improvement, than you soon become irrelevant.

You are going to have to push the limits to reach new levels in your skate career.

Stay relevant by constantly improving your skills, including your social skills, marketing skills, skating skills and your filming & editing skills.

Living the SkateLife

Last Minute Skate Tips

  • Film and edit lots of videos to upload to Youtube
  • Get to know people in the skate industry
  • Be humble and have a good attitude
  • Let your style and personality shine to differentiate yourself
  • Be consistent and progressive when skating

Get Sponsored & Paid to Skate

If you can find a way to turn your passion into profits, it will bring much more enjoyment to what you do.

You have to be a go-getter, enter contests, send videos, show up at demos, get out there, meet people in the industry, and get noticed to get sponsored.

Get Your Skateboard Tricks Dialed

Of course, you also have to practice and get your tricks dialed too.

By playing games of S-K-A-T-E you can learn new tricks and improve your consistency with landing your tricks. And when you skate with guys who can beat you, you get better.

Work on style and consistency and you'll do fine as a skater.

Film As Often As Possible

Get comfortable under pressure.

Film as often as you can so that you're comfortable with being filmed. It might take a while to get use to, but try to forget the camera is even there.

Remember to have fun and be yourself.

And for the last thing...

Surround Yourself With Skaters Better Than You.

You learn so much more skating with someone better than you.

Skate with skateboarders who have the same passion for skateboarding as you do. Be aware of the skaters who don't have the same goals as you, because they can drain you of your energy or take you off track if you're not careful.

Surround yourself with the right people and grow to become the best.

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      Hadi bitar 3 months ago

      100% thats exactly what everyone should do nice information

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      Wilbroad Kabwe 4 months ago

      i would like to really get more information on the tricks that they mainly think of to be cool, and hopefully you could show me some tutorials of the tricks you know.

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      Radcliffe 7 months ago

      What tricks do you need to know if you want to be on flow

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      gerardo 8 months ago

      i want to get sponserd

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      Damien meyers 22 months ago

      Ya know, I never knew it thought it was about how good and now I see it's not all that. I've been skateing pretty much my whole life from 5 now I'm 21. I've always dreamed of going big with it. I think I have what it takes now that I have read this. Thanks guys a lot of help

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      Zack 2 years ago

      I am not that good, but I am not beginner, if I get better at trix and just skating altogether, I think I will get sponsered, I have an excellent personality, I am a really nice dude, as long as I am not pissed, I wanna get spnsered for decks and shoes, thanks for making this hub! It will help, alot!

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      Travis 3 years ago from London

      Really good advice for any budding skaters out there! Nice hub man

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      nic 3 years ago

      Thank you for the tips this is really going to help

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      Nathan 4 years ago

      this is really gonna help :) any tips for being sponsored by girl?

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      Skate123 4 years ago


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      Joseph 4 years ago

      Idc about traveling free gear or getting paid ill take 35% off discount I just wanna skate and move away from my moms drama and constant put Downs and just get better

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      Carlos Catatonia 5 years ago from new orleans, louisiana

      I skate and I have been sponsored before and this totally accurate...good job

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      innerchild 6 years ago from Danville, Virginia

      If your an average skater just stepping up to the pro style of skating, try http://www.hookit.com/default.aspx . Also feel free to take a look at my hub. https://hubpages.com/sports/Backside-Boardslide...

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      cubesz 6 years ago

      This is useful since I'm filming my friend, and he wants to be sponsored. Good hub :D

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      Midianite 6 years ago from Australia

      This is good info man, would definitely help out all those kids who are getting good and want to further their hobby. good hub.

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      jtheskater 6 years ago

      yeah once i get better at my flip tricks me and my bro want to get sponsered. But one problem is that i don't know if we will both make it at the same time..

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      Brandon VanWormer 7 years ago

      This is the only sponsor i have ever made to try to get out. it's not to the right song but I hope you like it.

      This is some of the craziest and hardest trick that i know that I've finally taken time to get on camera. You won't believe what you see but there's more on there, check it out

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      Grind 7 years ago

      omgosh ....I wana get sponserd .....

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      skate wax 7 years ago

      Banman you were so right on in this how to sponsor me advice forum. The things that people always forget is style. All people think now-a-days is that you'll only get big sponsors by doing 10 sets.

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      NCapamaggio 7 years ago

      Good advice. You nailed it right on the head.

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      nolan walker 7 years ago

      i love skating an its all i ever want to do an i do it but theres no job in the whole world i want more than being a professional skateborder an i would show an do any thing to become one i will try an do any trick contess or i will skate or ware any brand an that's why i should be sponserd

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      Dan "Skateboard Sponsored" Jackson 7 years ago

      Thanks dude. I can't wait to make a sponsor me video!

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      Hueylicious 7 years ago

      i reall really want to be sponsored not by something big but a small company this really helped thanks a lot

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      DrAmA 7 years ago

      This is good stuff... This is good info on how to get sponsord!!! :D

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      Nicolaus 7 years ago

      everybody the websight loopd changed its name to Hook it.com

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      Randal 8 years ago

      Yo Billy!

      I GOT SPONSORED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      Slingz 8 years ago

      Great tips and video on sponsorship. And don't be discouraged from doing what you love, regardless of sponsorship. If you truly have a passion for something, you will find a way to make it happen.

      ~ Tasha

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      LazarDRod 8 years ago

      Getting sponsored is no easy task! You have to skate every day, and practice all the time until you're good enough to be sponsored. Let's face it - if you suck at skating, there's a good chance nobody wants you on their team.

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      kenny 8 years ago

      at the moment i am trying 2 get sponsored by vans=) but the only bad thing is that where i live we don't hav stairs and stof i can use 2 make a video.so all i do is grind,manual and flat ground.ive also beaten all my friends with moves like switch frontside flip 360 flip and stof but i don't no if it will be good

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      alexi1_1 8 years ago

      One love keep skatin bros!

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      Randal 8 years ago

      yup! Billy's awesome! send me free stuff Billy!!

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      Get Sponsored in up to 1 day (sometimes more or less) 8 years ago

      If u wanna get sponsored really really fast for whatever your sport is check this out. u don't have to be that good either! Check out the URL

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      theBanman 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would say thin and flexible, but that would also mean you'd be going through more shoes... I guess that why you get sponsored right?

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      michael 8 years ago

      what type of shoesare the best for skateboarding thin and flexabul or thickand hard

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      Danny 8 years ago

      Thanx man can't wait to make a sponser me viedow

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      skate 4 life 8 years ago

      dude i just got girl 2 send me a sponser

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      samuel 8 years ago

      there aren't precise tricks you should do just do your best

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      jacob 8 years ago

      wow this really helped!

      fer realz i understand what i have to do know im sure they'll like me im cool xDD

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      Austin 8 years ago

      what tricks do you have to do to get sponsored please respond

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