Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Mansolillo.
Evan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a 20 year old skateboarder, apspiring entrepreneur, and content creator. I fell in love with skateboarding at 10 years old. It’s all I wanted to do all the time. On my 13th birthday I got my first Sponsor Narragansett Surf and Skate thanks to my great friend and mentor Tricia Pan. Growing up in southern has been amazing. My local Skatepark Old Mountain field is 5 minutes away from Narragansett town beach. My summers between the ages of 11 and 14 consisted of surfing and hanging out at the beach all day long, then skating through the evening until it was completely dark. As time went on I just wanted to skate all day instead. My friends and I started filming each other skating and I began making edits of us in middle school. You can find our current videos on YouTube by searching “Omf bums.” Due to my years of persistence on the board and going so many different places to skate, I now know people all over the country through skating. I have built somewhat of a name for myself in the east coast skateboarding community for my skating and as an individual. I still skate for Narragansett Surf and Skate, as well as All I need Skatebaords and Anchor Hardware. I recently started my own skateboard instruction business “New England Skate Station,” to share my love for skating while giving back to the next generation. You can find out all about it at www.newenglandskatestation.com. In addition, I’ve been creating content for Narragansett Surf and Skate since I was 16. I run our social media pages and website. I’ve helped build up our name organically by forming relationships, finding ways for people to be a part of and contribute to the shop, as well as simply repping the shop for so many years. Wherever I go, the shops name comes with me. However, I’m most proud of the fundraising I’ve done for my local Skatepark “OMF.” I’ve raised 20,000 by hosting several different fundraising events over the last 4 years. This has helped me grow ever so close to skateboarding and everyone in it. I hope to provide guidance and consult other people who want to take on similar projects in their hometown!
Has it been a smooth road?
During high school I was often too worried about sponsors and the recognition you can receive via skateboard media. Such as magazines, video sites, social media outlets etc. I’d just cared too much about what everyone thought of me, but at around 18 years old I started to grow out of it. I now find the less I care the better I skate and progress and the more good things I receive. For example, young kids looking up to you, older friends showing you the up most support and encouragement when you’re trying a difficult trick, and just enjoying skating for what it is. I also became better friends with the other kids that are sponsored by All I Need along with the company’s founder pro skater Anthony Shetler. It feels really good to be a part of a company and movement that is in the skateboard industry for the right reasons, so realizing that definitely helped me feel more sure of myself.
Injuries suck too, I’ve had some real lows. A recent one that sticks out is an ankle injury that lingered for about 8 months, an ankle I’d already broken in the past. I could only skate on a few times a week for a short time before it started to get sketchy. Normally I skated 5-7 days a week for at least an hour a day. It was very frustrating I felt like the whole year was a loss. Then, it turned around and here I am about a year and a half later skating the best I ever have.
Luckily, I never had too much trouble with my ventures when it comes to fundraising, skate camps/lessons, or creating content. Obviously, there is always some self-doubt and a learning curve, but I just believe in everything I do so heavily that it always works out.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the New England Skate Station story. Tell us more about the business.
New England Skate Station is the only business of its kind in Rhode Island, and most likely New England as well. We are different simply because when we teach kids how to skate we are also teaching them so much more than that. We’re showing them how to believe in themselves, overcome fear, be persistent, and simply just challenge themselves in a way that other activities can’t. I can’t stress how many times a student has expressed to me that they won’t be able to accomplish a certain thing, and then end up being successful. We help them break down barriers of disbelief and show them that with a little help they are capable of more than they think! I love skateboarding because it prepares you for life in that way.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Skateboarding will forever be its own thing. Everyday skaters hate that we’re going into the Olympics.
- Website: www.newenglandskatestation.com
- Phone: 4017427498
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @evanmansolillo @narragansettsurfandskate @omfskatepark @newenglandskatestation
- Facebook: Evan Mansolillo
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