Most skaters have at some point wondered what it would take for a company to send them packages of boards, wheels, shoes, shoelace belts, and whatever else each month. None of the aforementioned items pay for themselves, so sponsorship has its perks.
How does one get there? According to Nyjah Huston and everyone else who’s ever set foot on a skateboard—by skateboarding.
“First off, you want to start as young as possible,” Nyjah says in this video from Monster Energy, his beverage sponsor. “I started when I was 5 years old.”
By the time Nyjah was 10, he was skating contests like Tampa Am. Nonetheless: “When you’re 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 years old, you really don’t need to be worried about getting sponsored so quickly. I think at that stage, you should still just be focused on getting better at skateboarding, and you should just be having a good time.”
Nyjah also addresses the tricks-vs.-style conversation.
“To become a pro skateboarder, you don’t have to go out and do the most insane out there,” he says. “There’s plenty of pros out there that might not be doing the most gnarly tricks ever, but they have such a good style, and they look so good skating on their board, and they have a good attitude, and they have a good vibe, and they’re just having fun with it, that everyone’s so stoked on ’em. It’s just important to know that you don’t always have to do the most insane tricks to become a pro skateboarder. There’s other ways to it as well.”
You can watch the video above.