We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan McKay and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is uncomfortable. It takes us out of a safe zone. It forces a change in otherwise idling contentment. And I truly believe that swimming in a relentless state of comfort and safety is probably one of the most dangerous things. Humanity would have never evolved if it hadn’t been for danger and the ability to change and take risks. I guess I’ve always seen a certain level of risk as “healthy” in my life and career. Dare to try, learn new things, and risk failing. There has to be some thought put into it in advance, though. Risk healthy, not blindly.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The idea behind Finless Skateboard Co. came from spending valuable time with my children when being home from touring with bands. I spend most of my year on the road touring with bands as my career, so all the time spent at home with the kids is very important. 2020 brought all touring to a screeching halt, which was bittersweet. No more work but a perfect chance to take a family hobby of making handmade skateboards, make it into a real business, and doing it all with the kids. It was a challenge to get it going due to the fact that supply chains of manufactured goods to build skateboards were at an all time low due to the pandemic, and a boom in the industry had the demand overwhelm the supply further. The challenge remains, although not as bad as in the summer. This has been a great exercise all-in-all, meeting new people from a different industry than what I’m typically used to. I have learned so much about every aspect of the business and still learning. Our skateboards are made by hand from start to finish, and we strive to make them as environmentally responsible as possible and always seek to better that aspect.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A favorite place is definitely Venice Beach. The birthplace of modern skateboarding. It’s real, and it’s both grimy and hip. Great coffee, great food. Lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter. And then there is the mystical trip to the desert. Joshua Tree is definitely one of my favorite places, and I have lots of friends out there. It’s weird, it’s eerie, it’s magical and inspiring. Hit up Pappy & Harriet’s for some food and drink in a pioneer town setting, and hit up the Integration for a weird sound bath inspired by aliens.  Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to both Vipe Desai and Mike Vavak. These guys have helped us out so much, and we are very grateful. Vipe runs a trade and news resource website for the action sports industry https://propagandahq.net, and he is also chairman of the Ocean Institute. And Mike Runs a great organization; @Building_the_Revolution, to support the community of independent surf shop retailers. Big shout out to my good friend Francis Ouellet, graphic designer/brand manager and skateboard distributor, who has been a HUGE help with my startup. His talent and experience in the industry have been instrumental to Finless Skateboard Co. And most importantly, my children Harley and Daisy-Jo, if it weren’t for them, the idea to start this company would not have been.

Website: https://finlessskateboards.com
Instagram: @finlessskateboardco
Linkedin: Dan Mckay
Facebook: @finlessskateboardco

Image Credits
@gc_viewfinder – Guillaume Cheny

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