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Young Entrepreneur Invents Headlights for Skateboards

Dana Hills High grad and Laguna Niguel resident Greg Rudolph, 20, is the founder of Board Blazers, which makes undercarraige 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.

And by the looks of his tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit, he's on his way to getting what he wants. The 20-year-old 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 2010 Dana Hills High School graduate. "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. The colors include Radical Red, Wild White, Blazing Blue, Outrageous Orange, Poppin' Pink, Boss Black, Crazy Color-Changing and Lightning Lime.

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

He declined to give sales figures, but said the lights are also sold in 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 disassembly 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.

At ASU, Rudolph is majoring in marketing and supply chain management.

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."

Justin S October 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
sounds like a great product! I wish Greg the best of luck
Matt Buggert October 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Wow! This is so cool! Great idea :)
Jodie October 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Congrats to Greg! We knew him as the drum major at DHHS. He was a really nice kid and I hope he has much success!
Joan Wiese October 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Greg, I love your entrepreneurial spirit. The lights are such an original, clever idea. Love, Aunt Joan

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