If they have any events, anywhere, of any size, be there! Show up to every event, bring your board, make a showing and let the company know you did. Post on their social networking site every day and make other people add them as friends. Get as many numbers and e-mails as you can for the company and become best friends with everyone. If it goes to voicemail, leave a 15-minute long message. Show up to the factory with a huge smile; bring other people to the factory to also smile. If you ever have any reason to talk to them, do it! Call them anytime! If there is an event you think they should be involved in, make sure they are! If there is a product you think they should make, send them drawings on napkins or 16-bit MS Paint pictures about your great idea. Plaster everything you own with stickers of the company. Make a stencil and tag your dog with their logo in a vegetable-based dye. Make sure you send them a picture of your dog with their logo on a board.
You get the idea. Be highly visible, constantly active and dynamic. At this point you are beyond a stoked skater. You are a veritable force of nature. If you have done all of this and have not gotten punched in the face or received a restraining order then, congrats. You’re as good as Sponsored and chances are you have a bright future within the company!
Malakai Kingston is an editor for Silverfish Longboarding, and was generous enough to share this article with us, so we could share it with you. Check out Silverfish for more from Malakai, and for in-depth longboarding wisdom.