SKATEBOARD MAKERS ON A roll By Cameron McCullough Photos Yanni & Supplied
t wasn’t the love of skating that inspired peninsula-based Harry Robertson, 25, and Sam Kirby, 24, to get into the skateboard manufacturing game, but rather the love of engineering and design. They wanted to make something beautiful and practical and, most importantly, fill a gap they saw in a market.
“We actually met at university and worked on some projects together,” said Harry.
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“I was studying industrial design, which is more about the product, and Sam was studying communication design, which is more about the visual and graphic side of a product”. “We realised we have complementary skills that work well together to get a product from concept to market.” And while studying, and with the appropriate entrepreneurial flair, the two saw an opportunity in the skateboard field. Bottle Boards was born. continued next page...