The Whirly Board Story
Whirly Board Creator Interview
Our Story Whirly Board
I’ve always been passionate about the outdoors, splitting my childhood between Wisconsin and Florida, I naturally picked up on boardsports which became my favorite thing to do. There is something about being able to connect with nature on its level and trying to master all of its greatest challenges. I began to snowboard and wakeboard at a very young age and eventually wanted to learn some tricks. I found out my height combined with a lack of spatial awareness made it challenging to learn how to spin without getting the wind knocked out of me. After years of learning things the hard way, I wished I had something to help me practice spinning safely, but I couldn’t find the exact training tool that I needed.
A friend of mine introduced me to a roller style balance board but it just didn’t do it for me. It got easy quickly and I never really felt that the roller simulated real life board riding. There is a lot more to board control than rocking back and forth. The roller board was lacking the three-dimensional aspect that you feel when carving or spinning through the air and searching for your landing. I knew that I could create something better that added more dimensions of use. So late one night in my garage with a bowling ball and a dremel tool, I began to create what became the first Whirly Board.
- Erik Olsen | Creator & Owner
What is our message?
We want to encourage people to get outside, be active, and chase their dreams. Try new things and have confidence in yourself. If you want to do something then find a way to make it happen. Don't be afraid to take a risk, the rewards are always better that way. Say less I should have, and more I am glad I did. Humans have so much potential we can literally do anything we put our mind to don't get stuck in a rut.
The future of Whirly Board
This is our 5th year in business and actually a very exciting time for us. We have officially outgrown our garage and basement and just completed construction on a new facility that will greatly increase efficiency and production capacity. We are also planning on bringing on at least 1 or 2 employees later this year as well. The popularity is increasing rapidly and we have exciting plans for the future which definitely involve more inventions and innovations.