These young guys tapped into extreme sports. And are making some extreme bucks.
In 2003, Ryan Farrelly and Jason Galoob noticed interest in Extreme Sports was growing, especially among the younger crowd.
Kids were looking for ways to push the limits, with sports involving high levels of speed and danger — sports that Farrelly and Galoob loved, like skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.
Farrelly put a love of those passions together and came up with something he called Freeline Skates. They’re like skateboards cut in half. Each side moves independently with its own wheelbase.
You can really push the limits with these babies!
You can ride them like skateboards or snowboards. Or as a Wikipedia article describes them: Freeline Skates are a pair of skates designed to give the feeling of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and inline skates all in one.
But unlike a skateboard or snowboard, Freeline Skates are designed with more maneuverability, so you can – in the founder’s words — “dance like a fish on the flats and uphill.”
Whatever that means.
Farrelly’s prototype for the skates was a row of four wheels in the center of a wood board. But after tests, he realized he could simply stand on each set of wheels, and not bother with a board.
The skates can be ridden on flat land as well as on hills. They made more than a few Christmas lists, with sales in the $5.5 million range.
Ryan Farrelly and Jason Galoob exemplify an axiom featured on our website: Pursue your passion – the things you do for love, can lead to a profitable future!
Passion and invention. A winning combination. Freeline Skates for the extreme sportster in all of us.
Now Why Didn’t I Think of That?