This constant movement is nothing new to Bamboo Skateboards. Since its conception, this skateboard company has found a way to constantly be “buzzing”. Whether it’s in various social medias, written publications, radio waves, or television this has been a brand that is in constant motion. After thinking about it, it seems as though my busy life has not even held a candle to what this company and its employees have done. Consistent updating is what is needed when running a successful business, and many of these updates come in a very short period of time.

Recently, Bamboo skateboards warehouse was moved to another location in Oceanside. During this move, there were not much more than just a handful of people helping. It is absolutely amazing how in less than 2 weeks there was such a transformation for the company. It was humbling to find with a little bit of help, some great will power, determination and eagerness from a small pool of talented individuals, this transformation was nothing more than a healthy heartbeat for the company. there was not any one moment that I had heard comments of how this may affect the company or even the individuals lives in a negative way, but rather a feeling of fresh air. This change had happened to become something better, something that the company was ready for.

Because of demonstrations like this, it has become apparent to me that no matter how pre-determined or busy my life may seem, it absolutely needs to be open to changes. Just as the company had done with a little bit of help, some great will power, determination and eagerness to become something better, I will become something better. Thanks to Bamboos core capabilities to acclimate I have seen to become something better, you must be enthusiastic to change.

What an insainely fun and intense 2 weeks this has been here at Bamboo Skateboards. I will try to recap everything for you but I guarentee I am forgetting something.

First we will start with the Intern assignments and to start that off lets talk about the final! I am so happy to have made it this far in this intense program and I really did NOT want to take that final. I worked all day in the warehouse, got home, got a terrible headache, grabbed some pills, and dove in. This was crazy, all the prep we had done during prior weeks, our midterm, the ibeprophin I took, nothing truly prepaired me for what I had in front of me. None-the-less I stuck my headphones in, turned up some music and destroyed that thing. I know I am 10,000xs happier that it is behind me.

Second up is our new priority, Skate Shop Research, and it has really been going well. We have all been flying through our given regions and have almost gotten (what we think is) every skate/surf shop in the United States. Sean and I have been working hard to make sure our account is setup properly and have been transferring all the interns (past and present  findings into it. I think we have all been killing this assignment!

Third big thing is HookIt, we have been working hard as a team to figure out what about HookIt just isn’t working and have come up with some awesome re-structuring to make sure that it works to our full advantage and is really a win-win for all parties involved (BBS, HookIt, our Athletes  and of course you future Interns). Big things from team HookIt!!!

Forth big project we worked on the past few weeks is making sure all of the files we use on a weekly/daily are in perfect condition and are optimized so that when new interns start they have an even easier time than we did with the files. Crazy good work being done on that front and I must say, thank you to all previous classes for giving us a great starting block, and futur classes I sure hope you can keep improving these files for futur classes to come!

OK, on to the fun stuff…….

Green Festival and Fashion Show.

Last Friday most of the intern crew jumped into a few cars and drove up to LA for a huge Green Festival in wich our Bamboo boards were going to shown as a part of an Eco Fashion Show put on by Rebecca Mink. The drive up was horrible, traffic, traffic, traffic, and then we got lost. Once we got there however things turned around and they turned around fast. That first night not much was needed since we showed up a bit later then we had originally hoped to so rather than sit around and do nothing we all went out on the town! And by town I mean the Malibu Inn in Malibu since that was where we were staying for the night. A few (several) rounds of drinks, paper bags, awesome live music, and some truly professional level pool playing and we decided to call it a night and prepare for our long day to follow. The team woke up bright and early, showerd (some of us), brushed teeth, got dressed, and jumped out the door and back into the car for yet another drive to DT LA. We arrived and the fair was already going so we headed straight to our booth to check in. Rebecca was busy taking care of some PR so we wandered around and got a glimpse of some of the booths then in a moment of pure bliss we decided that Boo should probably join us on this stroll. We went back to our room (the models changing and prep room) and woke Boo up from his nap so he could say hi to his soon to be fans. Wandering around Boo took loads of pictures, practiced a little yoga, and even voted for some pretty cool city art programs, then it was back to the room for him to nap a bit more. During the down town a few of us dissapeared and we later found out they were busy getting some awesome massages FOR FREE!!! At this point the models were in the room, clothing, hair, and makeup was flying everywhere as the designers prepped their lines, makeup and hair artists prepped the models, and interns made sure there was plenty of water to keep everyone happy. Faster than we knew it was time for the show, we guided a long train of models and garmet racks behind the main stage and got everyone into position. A slight change in music and off they went, one after another they hit that runway. After the runway they jumped back into the backstage area, threw off one set of clothing and magically through on another set and off again to that runway. In what seemed like 5 minutes top the fashion show was over, later we were told that it was almost 30 minutes long and to be honest none of us would have guessed that. We quickly cleared out the backstage area and headed back to our room, a lot of goodbyes to all the amazing models we worked with that day, farewells to the designers and artists, and of course a ton of groups pictures and big thank yous to our awesome host Rebecca. After that it was back in the car for our long drive back to SD and the end of an epic event.

Black Friday!

Well today is that day well known as Black Friday, the friday after thanksgiving, the unholy day of rediculous sales and people waiting in line at midnight the night before to get them deals! We worked hard all week (and by we I mean Mark did some awesome PR work and we just did what he told us to do) prepping our big BF sale as well as got ready to share the awesome clip of us on the Today Show the morning of. In a few short hours after our spot on TV our sale was flying off the shelf and we were all so extremely stoked to be seeing BBS spread to all these new people and fans!

Cyber Monday

In the same fashion as BF the staff over at BBS with the help of us interns setup some amazing deals for next week that should keep people flocking to our online shop and hopefully lead us to land several big skate shops in the near future.

Thanks Giving

Yes I know I am going a little out of order now but I wanted to save this for my parting note. This year (as I have done for many years) I drove up to San Luis Obispo to be with a few of my friends on this wonderful day of glutony. Food was plentiful, drinks were ever flowing, and I feel like I gained a good 10-20 pounds in those 3 or 4 “servings” I injested. The thing I love most about the gathering of friends is that no matter who you are, where you are, wether you are with family or friends there is really nothing better than a group meal to warm you up and get that pep back in your step.

Until next time, Happy Holidays and go skate!!!

Hi all,

this is my last blog entry for the Bamboosk8 internship. To you all that are starting this internship soon, good luck. It will change the way you see things, you’ll make lots of friends, you’ll learn a lot about action sports, skateboarding, people and business.

To those that worked with me for the last 4 months, thanks for all your effort and for helping me when I needed it. I hope to see you guys soon and work with you again.

To Mark, Geoff K, Geoff C and Jacquelyn, thanks for all your knowledge and friendliness. I can’t wait to meet you guys and work with you again in the near future.

4 months ago I was wondering what to do after I finished my studies and I didn’t have much experience or quantifiable results to show to prospective employers. Now, after 16 weeks I have a baggage of knowledge, confidence, experience and quantifiable results to go ahead with my career and I know I will stand above the crowd of job seekers.

I can’t thank enough everyone for their time and support, I wish actually I met you guys earlier, but this is where my destiny is taking me right now.

If you’re looking for a positive change in your life and all the other internships never filled that void, well, buckle up for the roller-coaster of your life. You’ll sweat a lot and you’ll be tested to your limits, but every week you’ll see how much you’re learning in sales, PR, marketing, finance and what others take years of work to learn or are never given the chance.

I consider myself lucky, being part of this class and having these people take time from their daily jobs to create something meaningful for future graduates or current university/college students is something that you won’t find anywhere and I know. I searched all of Europe, Australia and USA for this and only Bamboosk8 accepted me and had what I was looking for…real, quantifiable experience that I could then use to get a job in the action sport industry or whatever it is that you’re looking for.

Thanks again for making my life so hard at times, now I have the bigger picture and I know it was all worth it.

Bamboosk8 rocks!!!

Gabriel Ghigi

Especially this past week! Started out with the Sacred Craft Consumer Surf Expo, which was awesome… it was filled with tons of surf and skate brands. I got a chance to walk around and take a few pictures (they’ll be included at the bottom) of the amazing artists and cool surf boards, I even caught a picture of one of the little kids that was stoked to be on his brand new BambooSK8 board, Oh! And I can’t forget the Primo Beer Truck tarp surfing! haha… Monday was a pretty successful day, Me and Woody finally figured out dates and times for our skate park tour, and I FINALLY finished my Hookit Call List. Tuesday through Friday I spent on the Bamboo Buddy side of things, taking pictures of all their products for their new upcoming catalog! So I’m super excited to see the end result since a lot of hard work was put into it by Jackie, Victoria, Penny, and myself. That pretty much sums up my week… So I’ll leave you with some pictures…


This past month has been a hectic month for all of the interns. Being introduced to the world of BambooSK8 has been a roller coaster ride. Learning the ways of every individual job that works BambooSK8 (Marketing, Social Media, PR) was a little rough to chew at first but with a little guidance I think we are all starting to finally get into the flow of things. Although I do get confused on some things, I am learning a lot, especially in social media, which I am in charge of, I’m learning what steps you have to take to really get your company out into the world and make your voice heard through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. My biggest road block in this internship is definitely Hookit. Although it is not a difficult system to understand, it is a major part of this internship, especially for the leaders, Kyle and I. A lot of time and devotion needs to go into Hookit to make sure kids we add to our eco tribes are really doing what they need to do in order to keep their sponsorships and move on to higher levels within them.
On a lighter note there were a lot of fun events this first month that we attended like the Cardiff surf event and the channel 6 news tarp surfing. (I will include some pictures at the end of those events.) Another highlight of the month was our intern bowling night, we all found out how horrible we are at bowling, or at least I did, but it was a really good time to get to know who we will be working with for the next four months, and maybe even longer.
I also have had the privilege to do my true passion within the company and photograph any events and products BambooSK8 attend/come out with, so I’ve had a lot of fun with that.

BambooSK8 is coming to ASR this year with all new and improved 100% and 70% bamboo short decks, along with our New 100% bamboo Longboards in three different shapes and sizes!  If you get a chance to come to ASR this year, held at the San Diego Convention Center, come check us out in the ASEC Green Room, a section dedicated to sustainable companies in the action sports industry.  Hope to see you there!!!!

Skate Green,

Mark O.

As of August 2009, we are pleased to have hired Mark Olson, one of our interns who has spent almost 9 months of interning and then leading the intern class.  By being persistent, learning from his mistakes, being positive, getting results, and a few other quality traits, Mark earned himself a spot when the opportunity arose.  Timing + opportunity + hard work is what paid off.  Despite the fact that we had over 50 resumes for the position, hiring internally is what made sense for us, and all the more reason why we do the internship program; to grow talent.  As our company grows, we hope to continue this tradition.

Another former intern from class 3, Greg, is now working for us heading up our longboard business.  We expect great things from Greg!!

Also, yesterday, we had lunch with a former intern Kenny from the first internship.  Kenny is now helping our old friend Donald at Dark Horse Distribution (Grind King, Termite, Dogtown) with operations, as well as venturing into some new technological things.

Our former intern Krystie who was hired at Fox after our internship is kicking butt over there, and still finding time to help us with various graphical items.  We can’t say enough good things about her!!

Once the market picks back up, we are hoping to see more of our interns find jobs within the industry.  At the same time, some interns find that action sports just isn’t for them… or that they thought they wanted to do sales, but realize they dont… it’s all a part of the process of self growth.