Based in Orange County, California, Hendrick Boards is an eco-friendly skateboard and apparel company that was inspired by founder David Hendrickson’s rescue dog, William. The pair met three years ago at a local animal shelter where Hendrickson was volunteering. William had been poisoned via his mother, who had ingested household chemicals while pregnant, and was not expected to make it past a few months, but Hendrickson nursed him back to health.
One day in 2011, the duo was out longboarding when Hendrickson realized he wanted to combine his passion for design, longboarding, and helping animals into a company that supported animal rescue organizations. So he quit his job and sold his iPhone on Craigslist to buy a used silk screening machine, printing his first products in his studio apartment. Today, the company is housed in a 2,000-square-foot space in Fullerton.
Hendrickson continues to design every piece of Hendrick Boards apparel and board deck. He also hand-paints each skateboard deck, which are handcrafted from bamboo and maple. Even the paints and stains used to adorn the decks are eco-friendly and handmade from coffee grounds. Hendrick Boards products pay homage to the skateboarding and Orange County lifestyles while ensuring the protection of the environment and the welfare of pets and animals. Every purchase gives 20 to 40 percent of the purchase price to animal shelters and rescue groups across the US. Hendrick Boards currently has about 200 non-profit partners and sends the donation from each purchase to the organization located nearest the customer.
According to Hendrickson, the proceeds from the sale of one T-shirt can feed a shelter animal for a month. Every two weeks, through an initiative called “Square It,” Hendrick Boards offers a limited edition product with twice the donations.
Last year, Hendrick Boards was chosen as one of five winners in the American Express OPEN and Facebook Big Break for Small Business competition.