Reuben Guymer, born in 1985 in the UK, raised around Australia, US, and England. Completed high school through GED program at a military school called Youth Challenge Academy in Columbia South Carolina. Finished a carpentry apprenticeship in Australia at 21 and moved to San Diego. Met the Spooner guys soon after and began selling spooners wherever we could. Surfing, hanging with my daughter, and building my house keep me inspired.
Video of Spooner Boards in Action
1) What is Spooner Boards?Spooner Boards are duarable curved balance boards designed for any surface and all ages. Crafted in the USA with High Density Polyethelene. Molded into a unique patented shape for the Ultimate Balance Board Experience. You can ride it, slide it, flip it, spin it… all while learning balance and improving boarding skills. The curve, the size, and the shape creates the perfect combination to connect you with the feeling of surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding.
2)How did you come up with the idea for it?
Back in the summer of 2006, I Randy Putland was cleaning up the in the backyard of my surf shop in Old Town San Diego. I had an old dog igloo I used for a form to build a BBQ for my wife Monica. I decided to put it in the trash but it wouldn’t fit in the trash can. My jigsaw was close by so I grabbed it and started cutting. As soon as I started, I envisioned a skateboard deck in the curvature. I made six skateboard decks (I thought at the time). I put wheels on the curved plastic, but it was too curved and flexible and the bottom of the deck hit the cement. The next day my daughter and her friends jumped on them without the wheels and started playing for hours.. The Spooner Board was born..Just by accident. Later on we developed the Yardboard – this was inspired from my childhood. I always loved surfing and skateboarding. As a kid we would find old trash can lids and slide them down hills. The Yardboard is based on this inspiration – An all terrain down hill slider for dirt, grass, sand, gravel, and snow!
3) How did your experience on Shark Tank and the investment from Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran help your business?
Obviously having millions of people seeing us promote our product for the sharks is incredible exposure. After the show aired thousands of people visited our site which created a big boost in online orders. Many store owners and distributors also watch the show, so we picked up quite a few new accounts. Even getting ready for tank helped our business, from organizing production, revamping the website, to hiring and training new people. Sometimes you need a good deadline to get into gear and make some positive changes. The due diligence that comes with the deal is also very demanding. The documents, reports, and questions requested really force you to tighten everything up. Our business is as strong as it’s ever been since Shark Tank.
4)What inspired you to go into business?
The kids inspired us. To see them all having so much genuine fun playing on the boards made us feel the need to get the product out there. To have a product that puts a smile on kids faces is pretty cool. Of course the opportunity we saw to sell them all around the world and make a good living while having some fun was also part of the inspiration.
5) What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
If you believe in your product or idea follow your intuition. Make sure your whole heart and soul is in it. The more energy and passion you put into the business the more likely you are for success.
We would like to thank Reuben for speaking with us.