So when I started up on Instagram a few years back, I’ve already been fbing for 6-7 years so I wasn’t too bad, not sponsor material by any means, I mean doing like flip grind variations consistently and flip grind flip combos on film. When I started up on Instagram was the same time I got my first Homewood, it was my first non china board and I was stoked on it. So instead of messaging the owner of Homewood and asking for a sponsor I knew the difference and like you said I waited, but I waited and also worked for it. I posted so many videos of me riding my Homewood and even put the logos in the video and website url as if I was already sponsored, I showed my dedication through that. After a quick 7 months of doing that consistently, Justin sent me a package of a new board I ordered with an extra deck and two shirts and asked me to be on his team, this was probably one of the most biggest accomplishments I’ve ever achieved through the work I put in. As most of you that know me now I don’t ride for Homewood anymore, he pursued the stock market and investing instead of fingerboarding. I’ll bet my current sponsor, @Lakewoodfb can speak up for the amount of dedication I’ve put into Homewood and say it was probably an enticing factor that lead to him asking me to ride for him.
I’ve also had a couple of small sponsors on the way to this too but they never sent me stuff so I left them, mainly because I can’t rep a company if I don’t own anything. So this is my main point;
BUY your boards, trucks, wheels, etc. off of the companies YOU want to support/be sponsored by, rep their stuff and get their attention, companies love when customers ride their product exclusively because of the dedication showed to their product. And yes getting better is a part of it, but some fingerboarders are not even that good but get sponsored by big companies because of their attitude and their contribution to fingerboarding (Won’t say any names so I don’t offend anyone).
So yeah, any amateur fingerboarder begging for sponsors can read this, I think it’ll help a little. c: