New skate line in­com­ing

Young en­tre­pre­neur is mak­ing dreams a re­al­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

SKATE­BOARD­ING: Gayn­dah high-schooler Ni­co­las Wenk has taken the ini­tia­tive with his pas­sion for skate­board­ing and is in the process of launch­ing a brand new line of skate­boards.

He has cho­sen the brand name Fed­eral.

“The idea just sort of came to me and I thought it would be a good thing to try,” Ni­co­las said.

“I have fin­ished my busi­ness plan and I’ve been work­ing on con­cepts for the art work too, the brand is go­ing to be Fed­eral.”

Ni­co­las, 17, doesn’t study busi­ness at Burnett State Col­lege but still took the time to learn what would be needed to launch his new brand of skate­boards.

❝ I’ll start by sell­ing them at local mar­kets and driv­ing around in my car to dif­fer­ent places.

— Ni­co­las Wenk

His mother and owner of Truth De­signs, Amanda Wenk, has been on hand for some busi­ness ad­vice.

“She helped me with the busi­ness plan,” Ni­co­las said.

“But they will be two dif­fer­ent busi­nesses and I kind of want to do this as much on my own as I can.

“It is re­ally good hav­ing her there for some help and ad­vice but once I start work­ing on the mar­ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing things it prob­a­bly wouldn’t do ei­ther busi­ness any good to cross it over like that.”

Along with his sin­gle-minded de­ter­mi­na­tion the as­pir­ing Gayn­dah busi­ness­man re­mains hum­ble at the scope of what he is go­ing to achieve.

Once the busi­ness plan was done and some con­cept art re­leased, Ni­co­las had to de­cide on what type of wood to use and from where he might source it.

“I de­cided to use Cana­dian maple and then it will be shipped to China for

press­ing and then shipped here to me,” Ni­co­las said.

“I have or­dered 200 boards and I hope to get them ASAP, but things like ship­ping will take time.

“I chose that wood be­cause it was cheaper but will still last up to five months, they won’t snap eas­ily.”

Ni­co­las is not stressed about how quickly he could sell his boards and has faith that whether it takes him a week, a month or two years he will even­tu­ally sell them.

“I’m not re­ally in any rush, I’ll start by sell­ing them at local mar­kets and driv­ing around in my car,” Ni­co­las said.

“If it takes a lit­tle while that is fine, if I can sell all 200 boards I will be mak­ing $10,000 in profit.”

As it stands, Ni­co­las will be sell­ing his boards for $80 each.

“You can get boards of all prices but I felt that was the best mid­dle of the road price,” Ni­co­las said.

The boards will be shipped to China and pressed but the de­signs will also be put on the bot­tom of the boards in the same work­shop.

“I’ll be get­ting the images heat-trans­ferred in China, so I will be get­ting them shipped to be shrink wrapped and ready to sell,” Ni­co­las said.

Sur­pris­ingly Ni­co­las only took up skat­ing two years ago but in that short time he has found his pas­sion and loves spend­ing as much time in the skat­ing world as he can.

“I’m not a great skater by any means, but I love skat­ing a lot and this idea just came to me,” Ni­co­las said.

“When you first come down to a skate park it can be re­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing but once you get in­volved you find out that ev­ery­one is re­ally friendly and wel­com­ing.”

The skate park at the Lions Park in Gayn­dah played a part in get­ting Ni­co­las in­volved with skate­board­ing.

“It’s not the eas­i­est thing to get good at or into, there are a lot of bar­ri­ers to go through,” Ni­co­las said.

“It’s good hav­ing some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about, be­fore skat­ing I didn’t have any­thing to do.”


MOGUL IN THE MAK­ING: Ni­cholas Wenk is about to launch his own line of skate­boards.

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