Son’s daring inspires family business
Watching his son Mason climb on top of a ladder, dad Chris Forgey trained his video camera on the eight-year-old’s face. It was a beautiful day with fresh blue skies—the perfect type of day to try a new trick.
“Dad, move back,” said Mason, skateboard in hand.
“Okay,” said Chris Forgey, backing down the driveway. “Hold on.”
“Okay!” shouted Mason, satisfied his father had moved away a sufficient distance. “See if I can land it!”
The trick took a couple attempts, but by the third time Mason had successfully jumped off the ladder and landed atop his skateboard.
“That’s it!” cheered Chris. “Woo-hoo!”
Jen Forgey, Mason’s mother, was a little less enthusiastic about having her son jump off ladders, but no less proud or supportive. “As long as he’s wearing pads and a helmet, it’s okay,” she says. “He’s smart about it. He’d rather fall 100 times than [get hurt by trying to] land something that he can’t.”
“We’re proud of him and do what we can to support his passion,” says Chris, who regularly drives his son to skate ramps so he can practice his skills. And now that support has turned into a passion for the whole family.
One summer night in 2010, after an evening of taking action shots of Mason riding around on a skateboard, Chris was struck with an idea: Wouldn’t it be cool if the skateboards lit up at night?
Mason loved the idea, and soon father and son began tinkering in the kitchen, developing a crude prototype with eyes and teeth that lit up on the bottom of the board. After the board was completed, Mason took it out to practice. Not only did the modified board hold up, but others at the skate park praised its novelty.
Since then, the Forgeys have patented their idea and developed a business based on it—Light Bohrd. They now produce skateboards, longboards, and helmets that are charged wirelessly and can be activated by swiping a magnetic key fob across the board to turn on the headlights and taillights and illuminate the movement-responsive graphics. In the skating community, their products are seen as both “legit” and safety-oriented.
“It’s one of those products where you try to describe it to somebody, but they don’t really get it until they see it up close and in person,” said Chris. “Then they’re like, ‘Okay, this is really cool and really unique.’”
Myles, the Forgeys’ younger son, isn’t as interested in skateboarding as his older brother Mason is, but he’s a quick learner and has assisted with some of the business and marketing activities, such as t-shirt design.
“Light Bohrd has taught the kids that if you dream it, you can make it,” says Chris. “It’s been a journey. We each take something from this.”
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