Rider of the Month: Nick

Rider of the Month Nick 1
Taking a break with Elos

Hi Nick! Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hello! My name is Nick and I’m an American entrepreneur living in Taiwan. I currently run a consultancy that teaches presentation & communication strategy to startups raising venture capital funding.

So how did your Elos journey begin?

I met the founder’s Tom and Spring while coaching at a government program for startups about 3 years ago. They were by far the most interesting team in the program with the most traction. I saw a lot of potential in them and the product, so I remained in touch with them even when they were living back in the USA. During their v2.0 Elos Kickstarter campaign, I backed my first board and have been riding ever since.

Rider of the Month Nick 2
Elos v2.0 Kickstarter Campaign

How often and how do you use Elos?

I use my board every day. My office is in downtown Taipei and like all good metropolitan cities, the parking situation is atrocious. So I end up parking about one kilometer away each day. So Elos is a lifesaver in getting to the office. I also haul it around the MRT to get to clients’ offices for meetings.

team Elos rider Nick using Elos skateboards for eco-friendly commuting and coffee runs
Riding the city streets

Elos was my first skateboarding experience at age 35. It took me less than an hour to learn. At first, I was always skeptical of going over bumps or curves until I learned to trust the board design. My only crashes so far are self-inflicted for over-confidently tackling curbs and drops because it looked fun.

I actually own 2 boards (Maroon Red & Ocean Green) and my wife has Maple board. I intend to complete my collection of each color eventually.

Any tips or tricks for other riders out there?

Don’t look down when learning to ride. After teaching perhaps a dozen colleagues and family members to ride Elos, the number one mistake people make is looking down while pushing the board. When looking down your body-weight is further forward than your leg and you are likely to face-plant when doing so.

Just look forward and trust your own balance. Doing this you’ll be flying down the street in no time!

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