Saturday, June 11, 2016

So you've never heard of the Grellicopter. 
Every idea has a spin off, every spin off generates new ideas. Never stop dreaming and never think that your ideas are original. A creative mind can accomplish anything it sets out to do and more.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Each day that I get to build an a new board, watch my competition try and copy my design I get stronger.
The is now doubt that the "Grellboards" work the best in most conditions. I won't elaborate on why my competitors board suck, only to say they will try and copy me and that is the ultimate challenge.
I've been at this now since 2007 and have been building boards since 1976. For all the opportunists out there, go fuck yourselves. There is only one brand, Grellboards. My brand will reward all the pioneers in my legacy program that helped me get to this point and with any luck, we all get rich.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Its summer of 2016

Where does the time go? Last time I checked I was on the snow in winter park and before that at Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe. Now its into the summer season and I for one am enjoying it.
Then comes the sudden realization that Grellboards is a pretty big thing. Since I started this project many years ago, no one was building "modern Snurfers", now it seems everyone is trying to.
Most of what I've seen is being built by people from the snowboarding industry hoping to cash in on the next wave of sales on what is already a small but growing segment.

For all the want to be builders, get it right or don't go out there and build crap boards thinking they will work and our sport will grow. One lousy board looses 10 sales.
One good board gains 10 sales.

all for this installment.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Well we made it to 2016 and life as I knew is, different.
As much as I loved the life I had, I know my future is bright and I still have the support I've always had to do what I love. There has been a lot of adjustments, figuring out all the bills, the stunning amount of passwords and user names. There have been sad and happy moments but overall everything is getting better.

Last night I finally got around to running a full set of rice paper logos for the next round of Grellboards. I also managed to prep on of the G48 molds and cut fiberglass. I ran a new vacuum line for the system and with any luck will layup my first board of the 2016 season.

It rained hard all night, since I've moved out of the main house, almost moved out would be a better way of explaining it. I've slowly been shifting to my new life, scaling things back and focusing on what is important in my life. Snowboard Canada contacted me yesterday about being the Technical Delegate for 8 snowboardcross events at the end of January and beginning of February. So I will be off to Tabor Mountain for just over a week.

Tahoe has lots of Snow and I am going up to spend a few days snowboarding, snurfing and just getting used to spending more time in Tahoe. I'm not scheduling to much as I want to have the freedom to do what is important. For now that includes finishing up projects close to home and shifting resources to where they need to be.

Life is good.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Almost to a new year 2016

It has been a challenging year for me and my daughter Jenny.
Two months ago we lost my wife Anne and Jenny's Mom to MultiMyeloma.
We challenged her cancer for 5 years and in the end she decide to take care of business and kill her cancer, the downside is that she had to die to do it.

While I am adjusting to a new life without Anne, I miss her smile, her caress, just being with her. I've never loved anyone the way I did Anne. I will love her forever but it is time to move on.

Earlier today I spoke with an old friend and he asked me what the future is for "Grellboards".
It has been a project on the back burner for a while now but about to kick  back into gear and realize its potential. We will be opening up our new factory in the spring of 2016 and expect to begin deliveries for the 2016-17 season.

As we wait for the market to mature, we are using this time to continue testing our designs and create the marketing platform for the demand we have built.

Thank you for being patient.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Well, today was Annes memorial, we have over 150 people show up. We all ate, drank, told stories, shared and loved one another. The service was really nice, good friends and family were able to talk about Anne's life and everyone was touched by her loving nature. This marks a new day in my life. I now realize that this surreal experience has run its course and she isn't coming home to me. While I cherish all the time we had and the life we built together, it is time to move on. I have alot of things to take care of here at home and will begin to focus on my new life. I know that it will be OK. My daughter Jenny is surrounded by  loving friends and family and she proved herself with her sharing during the ceremony. I love my little family and the much larger one that surrounds us. Cherish every minute with your loved ones, life happens and then we are just left with memories. All of mine are good.
I love my wife and the life we had together.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I left my house on November 5th with the goal of attending the FIS technical delegate update clinic in Park City, Utah. My trip was smooth with a great visit in Reno with Brooke Long, a snowboard enthusiast and collector, I brought him a few old vintage posters. After a night in Reno, I got up early and headed east to pick up my friend Ted Martin at the airport in Salt Lake City. It worked out really well, he had a double room in the Marriot and the canadian guy canceled so I had a bed. We arrive on Friday, checked in, then went to the Meet and Greet. They couldn't have chosen a worse location, it was packed, loud, annoying and really hard to meet and talk with the other Technical Delegates. So much for planning. The next morning we started at the USSA Center for Excellence. Its to bad no one got the message we were coming, we got in through the side door and never got to see what the beautiful building housing the USSA was all about. Opportunity lost again. The clinic touched on the usual stuff, a few presenters, a few powerpoint presentations, alot of talk about concussions and what we are supposed to do. All in all, more of the same.
It worked out that I could give Ted a ride back to Colorado, it was great to have company in the car and a co driver, always wonderful to visit the Martin's. Gracious hosts and good friends. Moving on it was off to Fairplay with a sidebar in Frisco, a snurf session in the park the off to see my old college friend Mark Hanks. What a wonderful visit, a beautiful home, good company, I can't wait to go back. Then it was off to visit my good friend and partner in Grellboards, Mike Troppman. We had the luck of a snowstorm and fresh tracks. That is the essence of the first part of my journey. I'll add more about my return home in my next post. I really miss my girl Anne. It was a good trip but coming home never felt so lonely.