Check out these kids riding Spooner Boards in gym class with Burton’s “Learn to Ride” Snowboard Program!
WASHBURN, Wis. – Washburn Elementary School just became the first school in Wisconsin to offer an indoor snowboarding unit in their P.E. classes.
Snowboarding is typically done outside on the slopes, but elementary students in Washburn can now experience the snowboarding thrill in their school gymnasium.
Washburn is the first school in Wisconsin to add indoor snowboarding their P.E. curriculum.
“A lot of them are hesitant to try snowboarding because they don’t have a lot of experience with that and so having this equipment now and this unit here hopefully gives them more confidence,” says Washburn Elementary and Middle School P.E. teacher, Matthew Goodness.
Ideally, these young students would also get a chance to try it in the snow.
“With our snow melting, we’re limited to what we can do in here but it’s a good start to everything,” says Goodness.
But doing an outdoor activity inside can be fun too.
“I think it’s really cool that you get to experience snowboarding inside. I mean like, who gets to do that?” says Washburn second grader William.
The kids can work on safety until they’re ready to try it for real.
“A lot of the skill sets are really focusing in on the stances that students have while they’re on snowboards and balancing,” says Goodness.
“And I won’t be afraid to fall off,” says second grader Savannah.
One big reason Washburn kindergarten through sixth grade classes are being taught the unit is so students can be confident snowboarding when they travel to ski resorts for winter fun.
“I was thinking of going snowboarding, so I think this is good practice, because if you want to learn how to snowboard, then you should do this,” says William.
And it’s a good chance for Mr. Goodness to brush up on his skills too.
“I actually don’t snowboard. I grew up skiing and I ski so for me this is an opportunity to learn the basics as well,” says Goodness.
School leaders are hopeful that with more snow next year, they can start to take the kids snowboarding outside to show off what they learned.
A student from Brighton, Michigan reached out with a goal to put together an outlet room for her schoolmates to reduce stress and excel in class. Check out her success below!
I’m a senior at Brighton High School and last year I did a year-long thesis project for my AP Language and Composition class on stress in students. A potential solution I came up with to lower stress levels was to bring Health and Wellness rooms to Brighton High School. Basically I wanted to create a room that students could escape to during the day to alleviate their stress and promote a healthier mentality. When I watched Spooner Board’s pitch on Shark Tank, I was transfixed by the product, along with the energy of its creators! I took a leap of faith and decided to reach out to them, and to my surprise, they responded. They sponsored my project and sent me ten Spooner Boards to support my endeavors! However, the room idea didn’t go through due to concern with the room being used for purposes other than its intended use. Instead, I decided to stick with the concept, but execute it in a different way. I gave the boards to the Special Education program at my school, and the students love it! The boards are distributed between multiple rooms where special needs classes are taught so the students have access to them at all times. When the students get fidgety or have temper flare-ups, they are able to use the Spooner Board to calm down and relax. In addition, the Spooner Board helps build coordination and balance and is so versatile and user friendly that every student, regardless of their type of disability, can enjoy the boards. The people behind Spooner Board genuinely want to help others and that is illustrated clearly in their product.
After airing on ABC’s Shark Tank, the Spooner gang received a few requests to tell their story at some local schools. Tierra Del Sol’s band teacher invited us to speak to the Middle School students on Career Day. For hours kids were spinning, twisting, rocking and flipping. The students all seemed to like the idea of the board improving their balance and coordination skills so they can be that future surfer, skater, or snowboarder they’ve always dreamed to be. Students listened intently to the guys recall their Shark Tank experience and how they cultivated their business from a dog igloo to what it is today . The Spooner crew explained to the middle schoolers that it’s important to keep an open mind and stay determined, since this company was an accident after all! Ultimately, Career Day was a fun success!
Last seen in Death Valley, Ca it looks as though the traveling spooner guy may have found his way to Germany.
He’s traveling across America on his Spooner Board. Last seen in Death Valley. Where is he now?!
Spooner Boards made a visit to Casa de Paz orphanage in Baja, Mexico. This is one of the many orphanages just across the border and is home to 50 awesome kids. We showed up around 4pm with about 50 Spooners, dinner was served around 8 and still most of the Spooners where in use! Everyone had a blast playing and making up tricks. The Rock-it board was an especially big hit. Turns out kids love being pulled by the rope! We stayed for dinner then left them with the boards. Will definitely head back soon.
Did you know every Spooner Board is hand made in San Diego? Here’s a little video of the elves busy at work in the factory.
Whats going on here? Spooning on another level…
This video titled “Urban Magic Spooner Walk” is shot down town San Diego. It was a one shot take with Reuben Guymer riding the spooner and walking backwards while Randy Putland walked forward while filming. The video was then reversed.
Check out a few of the many tricks you can do on your spooner board. On this page you will find the spooner shuv it, the spooner 360+, the stargazer and more. If you have your own tutorials please submit them to [email protected]
This video shows The Spooner stargazer spin. Just lay back on your Spooner Board, relax and spin. Dizziness can be a side effect.
The “Shuv it” is a popular skateboard trick. A great way to practice this move is on your Spooner Board! Just find your balance and kick the board around under your feet. Check out the video and see how easy it is.
The standing 360+ is one of the more advanced spooner tricks. The Spooner the only balance board that allows so much range of motion. Watch this video to learn how to get spinning on your board. There is no better way to practice your balance than spinning on a spooner!
Just standing on your Spooner Board is great balance training, now try spinning! Check out the this video tutorial to learn how.