In an attempt to save the sport, snowboarders are turning to crowdfunding.
As of last week, the board game rental and snowboard rental company Batten Board had raised over $200,000 in the first five months of the year, with another $100,000 pledged to the company’s GoFundMe campaign in December.
“I think that’s great for snowboarding, but there are a lot of people out there who want to support snowboarding because of the snowboarding community,” said Dustin Condon, one of the founders of BattenBoard.
“We’re really excited about that and we’re excited about getting the snow to our boarders and our customers.”
BattenBoard is the same company that has created an app that allows players to rent board games to go with their rent.
In order to make money off snowboard rentals, Batten boarders can only rent games with the company and must pay for the game itself.
The app is designed to let riders rent out a game for $50, and only the first person to complete the game gets to rent out their game.
“It’s the best way to go,” said Condon.
“When we rent a game, it’s all ours, it is not the customer’s responsibility to pay.
So we’re just getting the game for free and we can earn a bit of money on it.”
The Battenboard app also lets users rent out board games for other people to rent.
For instance, if a player rents out a board game for another person to rent, the first-time users will get $1 off the total rent.
If someone else has rented a game and they don’t want to pay, the user can cancel their subscription and rent out the game.
The Bensons have already used this revenue to build a team and hire new employees, and now they are working on a more profitable venture.
They are using a mix of online advertising and direct sales to bring in the cash.
“We’re working on marketing the game, the app, and we have a pretty good idea of where we’re at,” said the Benson.
“And if we get enough interest and support, we’ll expand that and make it a full-service board game company.”