My name is Sam and I'm an electric skateboard addict.
I am the creator and host of The State of ESK8 podcast and a brand ambassador for Exway.
I first made a small name for myself writing board reviews and blogging about the electric skateboard scene. I did this for about three years (2017-2019) and across three platforms, including here on my own website, Electric Skateboard HQ and Medium (That Esk8 Life).
There were several times where I stopped and restarted my blogging activities during those three years, eventually stopping altogether in late 2019 and resetting my online presence. Okay, there were a few blogs in 2020, but who's counting? The truth is reviewing electric skateboards can get a little repetitive after a while. Many are much the same and very few brands are truly innovative.
In early 2020 I launched The State of ESK8 podcast and the response has been better than I ever anticipated. It's a project I hope to continue for a long, long time to come.
In May 2020 I became a brand ambassador for Exway. There are several reasons why I decided to work with Exway after saying no to, or removing myself from, several other opportunities over the years:
I love the electric skateboard industry. I hold space for all brands and boards. There's plenty of room for everyone, which is why I love doing the podcast. If I'm ever fortunate enough to be in a position to be able to own a boutique, hyper-performance board, you know I'll be on that! But I also choose to represent Exway because for most people they have board that suits their needs, and at both a higher quality and a lower price than most, and to me that's something worth promoting. There's no real need to do electric skateboard reviews anymore for as long as Exway are around, particularly for the budget and mid-tier categories - even knocking on the door of some of the big boys!
With all of that being said, it is extremely important to me to maintain the independence of the podcast. This is why I have completely separated the podcast's social media from my own. The podcast has it's own Instagram and Facebook accounts, whereas I maintain my own personal Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts completely separate to anything to do with the podcast.
This is how I hope to be able to maintain the integrity of both of the roles I have been fortunate enough to find myself in. I also hope to be able to serve the electric skateboard community in both of these capacities for a long time to come.
That's about it. If you're ever in Adelaide SA, Australia, make sure to hit me up.
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