My name is Aaron Bedessem. I’m the proud owner and creator of the Longboard Buddy.
This project started over 3 years ago when I frequently skated past parents pushing strollers or pulling their kids in a bike trailer. I thought to myself, "There has got to be a more enjoyable way to travel with a little one". Fast forward to today, and I know I have the perfect product!
I’ve always been an active and adventurous guy, so when I became a dad it was tough for me to transition to quieter more low-key pastimes with my daughter Adrielle. I tried using a jogging stroller, a bike seat, and a bike trailer; those all have the right idea, but Adrielle was so far away from me that she felt isolated. I needed to constantly stop to check on her, keep her calm, or just to talk with her because she was so bored.
I needed a way to not only entertain my daughter, but to also let me keep part of my identity as a new dad. I have always enjoyed snowboarding, skateboarding and longboarding, so I figured out a way to create the Longboard Buddy.
I tried launching the Longboard Buddy on Kickstarter and while it received great feedback and positivity, we did not reach our funding goal. I did learn a lot about the process and why a crowd funding path may not have been the best in the long run. I am currently working on securing a financial partner to continue the molding process to have these made for immediate purchase. Sign-up below to receive up to date information and to let us know if you want to purchase one of your own so we can plan on production.
This is a picture of our first ride on the original Longboard Buddy. A footrest was the first thing added to the second prototype.
Here is the evolution for the first three prototypes. The first one I created out of wood and the top of a 5 gallon bucket. I then worked with a local welder to make me the second and third prototype. After I got the basics done, I then worked with Center for Advance Design to get the final design created.