12-year-old Carson Kropfl and his mom, Carrie, want a Shark to invest in Locker Board – skateboards designed to fit in a backpack and school locker, when he enters the Shark Tank in episode 9 – the season 9 premier. When Carlson started middle school in 2016, he wanted to ride his skateboard to get there. Unfortunately, his favorite skateboards wouldn't fit in his locker. When he couldn't find a suitable skateboard that fit, he decided to make his own.
Carson got started in his home workshop, making each Locker Board by hand. He uses recycled skateboard decks from the skate shop retailer network, and from slightly damaged boards from other manufacturers. The 17 inch long boards are the smallest one-piece skateboards on the market. Once demand got too much for his small shop, he contracted with PS Stix Skateboard Manufacturing to make the boards.
Kropfl has some pretty high-powered mentors assisting him. He counts Wing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo's Fish Tacos, and Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, a sustainability expert with Nike's Sustainable Innovation Team. Carson, in addition to maintaining sustainable business practices, also supports the Tony Hawk Foundation which builds skate parks in underprivileged communities. He donates a dollar for each board sold to the foundation.
A Locker Board costs $99. The old, blemished boards get refinished with funky graffiti styling and brand new trucks and wheels. The 17 inch boards help newbies learn tricks faster, too. Carson also sells Streetubez, a sail for skateboards he invented with his mom that lets you windsurf on dry land.
He likely wants a Shark to help him amp up production. Will a Shark want to take a ride with this young entrepreneur?
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Locker Board Shark Tank Recap
Carson will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Sir Richard Branson, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Locker Board will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Locker Board Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Locker Board and Carson Kropfl as more details become available.