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Headlights for Skateboards? Yes!

Dana Hills High grad Greg Rudolph, 20, is the founder of Board Blazers, LED underglow skateboard and scooter lights.

If Greg Rudolph had his way, every skateboard would be equipped with headlights not only to look cool, but for safety reasons, too.

And by the looks of his tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit, he's on his way to getting what he wants. The 2010 Dana Hills High Schoolgraduate is the founder of Board Blazers, a Laguna Niguel-based small business specializing in LED underglow skateboard and scooter lights.

"They really light up a board, so they're valuable for keeping kids safe while cruising the neighborhood at night," said the 20-year-old said. "Plus, kids love the 'cool factor' they add. They are small and slick, and cast bright, vivid ground effect beams for your skateboard or scooter."

Great Looking

Super lightweight and concealed until you manually turn them on, Board Blazers enhance the look without detracting from performance, he said.

"Simply stick on the lights and go," Rudolph said.

Rudolph's company, Grenada Innovations, now designs and sells the fun lights for $12.99 for a four-light set. Available in a wide variety of colors: Radical Red, Wild White, Blazing Blue, Outrageous Orange, Poppin' Pink, Boss Black, Crazy Color-Changing, Lightning Lime.

The lights may be purchased at Amazon, as well as on his web site Boardblazers.com. He has now sold Board Blazers in a number of states and three countries.

He declined to give sales figures, but said that in addition to marketing Board Blazers online, he has gotten them into various skate shops around Southern California. 

Key Features:

  • Bright, vivid ground effects lighting for your ride.
  • Compatible with all types of skateboards and scooters.
  • Self-adhesive. No screws or board dis-assembly required.
  • Fully customizable colors and layout.
  • Add multiple colors to personalize your board.

Birth of an Invention

How did he get the idea? When he was at college and quite by fluke.

"I'm an Arizona State University student, and started the company after students began taping Christmas lights to their boards to cruise around campus," he said. "I refined and developed the product myself, and run the company as a full-time student."

How do the lights work?

"Each light adheres to the bottom of the skateboard and is powered by a small lithium battery. They are concealed during the day, but once dusk descends, after a quick twist, the colorful lights illuminate," he said.

Trying to find a company to bring his creation to life, wasn't instant.

"I had to have the lights designed and manufactured in China after I did a prototype," Rudolph said. "I did a lot of Google searches and must have made hundreds of phone calls, but once I found the right one, it fell into place." 

Rudolph was required to order a minimum of 1,000 sets of four lights in various colors.

"I used money that I made from when I worked at at Wild Rivers in Irvine, which closed after the 2011 season," he said.

Strong Background

Rudolph comes from a family of business folks, his mom and dad have their own businesses, too. Dad, Glen owns Industry Mortgage Associates, specializing commercial real estate financing, and mom, Ada, founded Goal Strategies, a relationship counseling service.

These days, Rudolph is in business school at Arizona State University as a full-time student majoring in marketing and supply chain management, but says school won't stop him from running the business.

He also has advice for other would-be inventors: "If you believe in something, I say take the jump and do it. You need to take a leap of faith," he said. "You never know where it will lead."

Matt Gaffney October 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Great idea. Go for it Greg! Call me when you need Business Insurance.
Patrick O'Brien October 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Congratulations to him on his invention and entrepreneurial skills. Skateboarders do some amazing things on their boards. However, in residential neighborhoods the constant banging as the boarder go off curb after curb over and over becomes more than a nuisance. In late afternoon, some babies nap. Or in the evening folks go to bed or are having a quiet evening of t.v. or reading, but the constant banging makes them angry. We have skateboarders on our block. I explained to them that a few runs were fine, but to sound like a construction crew outside your front door for a couple of hours is just too much. I spoke to the young men and they were polite and we tried to solve the problem. It seems they just had no place to practice their skills. I think that there should be more skateboard parks so the young can practice their skills in an environment that is less disturbing. I realize they are just having fun and I have seen some amazing moves, but there has to be a way to make their fun and the resident's privacy and quiet environment compatible.
SJCNative October 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
What a kill joy you are !

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