We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Flynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, how does your business help the community?
With more than 2 million skateboards thrown into the landfill each year, Chops recycles these used and broken skateboards into functional products. When it comes to community, we always save the old skateboards that still have some life left, and often come across some really rideable boards we like to give out to the kids that have the most worn out boards. We also participate in as many art shows as possible and a lot of times these are centered around at risk youth and specific charities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Aside from Chops, I also run Hardgoods Development for Primitive Skateboards. Combining my love for all things skateboarding and woodworking has culminated into this dream job I couldn’t be more thanks for. Growing up skateboarding my whole life and moving on to pursuing a design degree in nyc has been one of the best decisions of my life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m sure we would do a full out skatepark tour of the surrounding area as well as hitting some iconic street spots along the way. For food and drink we’d definitely stop by Los Compadres, Oho sushi studio, Black bar, Goodbar, and the Hawk. Mostly though we’d probably end up grilling out at the house and messing around in the shop.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First thanks goes to my business partner Josh Barry. He handles a lot of the day to day and we couldn’t do what we do without him. Second shoutout goes to the skateboarding community of Long Beach in particular, as well as across the entire globe for the constant inspiration and dedication!