History of the FADER:
As far back as Kramer can remember, he has loved both skateboarding and rollerblading. He showed so much passion for these sports, his family supported his ideas to turn the backyard into a skatepark at the age of 12. This became the hangout for all the local kids in Ashland, Kentucky. Kramer spent every free moment perfecting his skills alongside his friends. This set the stage for Kramer's vision of fitness transportation and community involvement.
The College Years:
While in college, Kramer found some flaws in current cruiser skateboard designs, so he decided to take it upon himself to create the "perfect board." After some trial and error, he was able to come up with his first Campus Cruiser skateboard.
The first board was made from recycled trick skateboard decks. He cut and sanded the deck into a custom shape that fit his riding stance and bolted on a set of wide trucks and over-sized wheels. As he rode his "homemade" cruiser board around campus, students began to take notice. He started supplying his closest friends with boards of their own.
This increased the popularity of the boards, and word started to spread. Kramer was getting orders and being forced to make more boards than ever. Kramer was making sales but he still thought of this as a hobby, not a career. Although recycling boards was efficient, the high demand of time and energy it took to create each board was not sustainable.
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Riding a bike, skateboarding, rollerblading, even scootering has the ability to transform a person. Kramer knew this and saw the potential to not only transform a person, but a society. Kramer's plan was to make these boards available to everyone. Since the beginning, he has given boards and blades away to people in need. Some of the most passionate skaters are very often the ones rolling on rusted bearings, chipped wheels, and thrashed decks.
We want to support by offering free boards and blades to struggling communities, along with donations towards community skateparks. There is a growing need for skate-friendly public spaces. We hope to provide education and support for community planning including fitness transportation and encourage cities to be more skate, bike, scoot friendly by including bike/skate/scoot/run/walk paths and mapping safe routes for children. We've seen first hand, how much of an impact quality built facilities and planning can have on the lives of children and we want to bring this to all communities across the country.
After graduating with a degree in Media Arts from Ohio University, Kramer decided to move to beautiful Miami, Florida to pursue a career in freelance photography/videography along with making his boards on the side. He invited a college buddy, Kyle, to join his efforts.
The nosy neighbor:
While in Miami, they noticed a large number of skateboard enthusiast riding longboards, trick boards or penny boards. This is when Kramer and Kyle decided to start Miami Fade, LLC and pick up production. Things were going smoothly and orders were piling up, until our neighbor shut down operations with a citation from the city to "STOP MANUFACTURING SKATEBOARDS."
The new plan:
That's where you come in KICKSTARTERS!! We need your help to get our boards manufactured professionally. With your contributions, we will have our decks created by a top deck manufacturer in California to improve the overall quality of our boards, along with improving the performance to the rider! Our boards will no longer be made by hand, and will have a much higher quality look and ride!
Furthermore, we have improved the LED lighting technology used on our boards and will be partnering with a new LED manufacturer to provide our customers with a better lit board.
With your help Kickstarters, we will be able to provide not only you, but all of our future customers with the highest quality board available on the market.
The first 100 pledges of $175 or more, earns you a board off our first production line. For being such a good sport, we'll cover the shipping!!!
9/15/2013 - Since we do all of our own garment printing in house, we will be printing and shipping shirts the week following our project being funded!
9/22/2013 - Shirts shipped!
10/1/2013 - After receiving our funding, will send the go ahead to our deck manufacturer to start producing our first line of FADER boards.
On this day we will also be ordering all the other parts necessary to piece our boards together. (Trucks, Wheels, Bearings, Grip Tape, LED lights, Screws, Bolts)
11/1/2013 - Boards will begin shipping to our backers!*
A BIG THANKS!!!
Thank you in advance for helping us with our project!
We look forward to getting the improved version of our board onto the market!
*CONTRARY TO PLEDGING INFO<<<WE SHIP WORLDWIDE>>>
Risks and challenges
Since we are relying on another company to manufacture our decks, there is always a potential for delays. Although the company guarantees on time deliveries, we wanted to make our backers aware of this possibility.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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