When you want a skateboard but can’t find a skate shop nearby, there’s a website for that.
Skateboarder and entrepreneur Michael Trombley says he’s found an online skate shop that is easy to use, and offers skate rental and delivery, and a great selection of wheels.
Tromble said he has sold a lot of his skateboards to online skate retailers.
“They’re like a second home,” he said.
His business started as a way to make a living, he said, and he said he likes the online aspect.
“I don’t want to get stuck in a warehouse with a bunch of machines, and then when I need something, I can go and buy it from the online shop,” he explained.
Trombley said his shop is growing fast, and there are now more than 60 skate shops across Australia.
There are now online skate rentals, which is good news for those who are looking for a new skateboard for a weekend.
Tromebley said it’s been a long time since skateboarding has had a big online shop to choose from.
“There were no online skate stores in the 80s, so we’re hoping that people are going to have that same confidence now,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
He said he’s been able to attract more than 40 customers a day.
“We’ve had people come in from the States, from New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, from Thailand, Australia and New Zealand,” he noted.
The biggest skate shops in Australia are located in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.
Tricbley said online skate rental is booming, with skate rentals in Sydney growing from $20 to $60 a day, and his shop alone taking $10,000 to $15,000 a day to rent a board.
“Our customers have been really happy with the business,” he added.
Online skate rentals are available to skateboarders in Sydney’s CBD, including the Domain, Central, East and North Circular Quays.
Tremely popular online rentals like those from the Domain are free to rent.
The Domain is the most popular location for skate rental, according to Trombles’ website.
Tromble was looking for someone to rent his skateboard to the Domain when he was contacted by a business called Blackbird, who had been selling skate rental services in the Domain for years.
Blackbird has been offering rental of skateboards from the site for the last three years, and has seen huge demand for their rentals.
“It’s pretty good,” Trombly said.
“A lot of people come to us from New York and they want to rent skateboards for their families or their kids, so they just go through our website and they get a quote.”
Blackbird’s site also has an email address where they will answer questions and provide feedback on their customers.
Tricbley has been using the Blackbird website for the past six months to find the right skate rental.
He said he found Blackbird was easy to understand, and easy to navigate.
It’s a great website, he added, and the people working there are very friendly and easy going.
“They know how to use Google and a lot more.
You just have to get on the phone and talk to them.”
He said Blackbird offered a wide selection of skate rentals to choose of, including board rentals, wheels, hubs and a variety of wheelsets.
“The wheels are very popular.
We sell wheels to the US, Canada, Australia as well, so there’s so many different types of wheels out there,” he remarked.
Tromebley says there are some skate rental companies that charge a flat fee of $25, but Blackbird’s rates are the lowest he’s ever seen.
I’ve never seen anything quite like that, he concluded.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to rent or purchase a skate board online, there are plenty of options online.
Skateboarding is a booming business in Australia, and Trombling said the industry is growing so fast, there will soon be a huge demand in Australia for skate rentals.
But Trombies is worried about the future of the industry.
“In the next couple of years, I think skateboarding will be very, very popular,” he warned.
We’ll be competing with some of the big skate brands and other things that have been built up over the years.