Pushing Wood and Doing Good....
Blue Sky Longboards was born out of fifty years of passion for skateboarding. Father and son team, Matt & Noah Burke spend as much time as they can either riding short boards at the local skate park or longboarding in NYC. Although for obvious reasons they do a lot more longboarding these days. They both started riding when they were four years old. For Matt, that was 41 years ago and for Noah it was only ten years ago. Together they work as a team to shape decks that they want to ride. Inspired by the progressive skate scene and street art of NYC, the two bounce creative ideas off each other on a daily basis, always pushing each other to look at the world from different perspectives.
Perhaps the most telling tidbit about these two is the companies tag line “Pushing Wood and Doing Good”. Matt has always been a firm believer in this simple statement “you must give before you receive”. This is why Blue Sky is involved with several charities. Our goal is to create a skate company that encourages people to show off their best riding and humanity. Below are a few of the charities we support:
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) , is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. Through grassroots events, year-round educational outreach and the Survivorship Fund, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer.
Longboarding USA is a journey that two brothers from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina are taking to spread awareness for various charities and ideas that break away from common everyday commotion. Caleb and Tanner Childs are setting off from Wilmington, NC and hoping to finish in San Francisco, CA. Along the way they will attempt to encourage donations and an adventurous lifestyle to the many friends they will make.
The A.skate Foundation is a non profit that allows children with autism to be a part of our social world through skateboarding. We hold clinics for children with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to children with autism for skateboard gear, as well as promote awareness and educate families about the skateboard industry.
Once Matt and Noah are done shaping a deck, the next step is taken by Pat Goltl. Pat is the Creative Director for the company. As we all know, graphic design and the look of a deck is important. When you stand in front of a wall of decks, there is always one that speaks to you. Much of the early buzz around Blue Sky is totally accredited to Pat’s creative vision for the brand. Pat is an artist and designer with old school skate roots from the days of Bones Brigade.
Pushing Wood and Doin' Good.
Pushing Wood & Doing Good is not just a tag line, its a $100,000 initiative from Blue Sky Longboards founded in the belief that you must give before you receive. Its a great way for clubs, crews and skate shops to make a positive impact on their local communities just by doing what you love to do, skate!
Recently, here in NYC, Blue Sky kicked off the program with a 5 mile push for Stoked Mentoring. Blue Sky Longboards was able to raise more than $800 dollars for this awesome charity and they did it all before noon on a Saturday!
Whether your a shop, college club, or even the parent of a skater, Blue Sky will help you organize your event and we will even send you Boards, T shirts, and swag for the top fundraisers in your group. If you would like to organize an event in your community or if your a skate company that wants to help with swag and product donations, please contact us for more info. Keep reading below for one example of how Pushing Wood and Doin Good works.
Say the crew you ride with has 10 skaters total. As a crew, you guys and gals get together and plan a push for a charity, local homeless shelter, etc. Each rider petitions different people to pledge money per mile they skate. Some ideas include a local businesses, friends or family members.
If each rider gets ten people to pledge a single dollar per mile, and the crew rides 10 miles, that’s $1,000 raised for charity, just by doing something they do every day.
One hundred percent of the proceeds generated from these pledges are then directly gifted to the charity of the team’s choice.
Blue Sky Longboards Team Riders and Ambassadors