Jake Brian won the July 2019 Meepo Design Competition with his amazing T-shirt design. We took the opportunity and are featuring him as our rider of the month.
He is based out of Sarasota, FL and works as a full time Creative Director (photographer & videographer) & influencer. (@jakebrian)
Jake, how did you first hear about Meepo?
I was looking for a great board that was cheaper than Boosted that I could use for fun that I would consistently use. I had no idea that Meepo made boards faster and more intuitive than Boosted and bought one as soon as I saw the specs and reviews.
Describe your first ride.
The day I got my first Meepo (V2) I was nothing short of exhilarated. I was going top speed within 20 minutes of riding it and knew that this would be something that changed my life.
What do you like most about your Meepo?
I love that my board turns on, on its own, that it is silent, accelerates faster than a Boosted board, and has awesome range.
Are you part of a local Meepo rider community?
I am not BUT I am in the process of building one myself and have already gotten a few friends to get Meepo boards so now there are a total of 5 new riders in my area and many more potential riders that are interested.
Do you use your electric skateboard for commuting or for leisure travel?
Definitely both! I take my NLS to the extreme and push it over 13 miles sometimes for a commute downtown. Aside from lengthy rides, I go out a few times a week and ride down crazy smooth roads or go downtown and like to beat the speed limit just a bit haha. while I own a truck, I'll take boarding any day anywhere I can.
What tip would you give to new riders?
Always assume that the cars you're riding beside don't see you and use proper signals to signal your turns. It is so easy to get hit on busy roads by people texting or not looking your direction. Know your rights on the road as a rider and always be cautious. If you're planning to ride with friends who consistently board, ask them how they signal and keep each other safe during group rides.
How do you envision electric skateboards in 2020?
I believe they will be thinner, faster, and have batteries that clip in and out of the board so that you have truly unlimited range. Swapping all terrain and street wheels easily would also be a huge plus.
Thanks Jake for this interview! Enjoy your rides!