Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cooper is not done yet. Yes, alot of things that were promised haven't come to fruition yet. Some things seemed so close and then just faded away. A lot has happened in the past year and I didn't expect any bit of it. We started strong and after no time at all really we put together a good team and ended up gaining the support from alot of people around the area. We expanded our shop client list, we did a couple events and the demand rose. on the other hand, i got injured, we lost some team riders and we also lost someone very close to us. I didn't think it could get worse until my medical bills were turned over to collection agencies. All the money that was being saved up for Cooper expenses (boards, camera, etc.), that would provide all of those things promised, was used to keep my car and other valuables from being repossessed. Its amazing how ridiculous this country's healthcare system is, but that is another conversation for another time. But if it weren't for Cooper having such a great start, I would have been wiped out and Cooper Skateboards really would be no more. Its thanks to everyone who took a chance on some random guys from Memphis. Thanks for liking our stuff! Thanks to Cheapskates, Imperial, 6th Ave, Life Blood skateshops as well as all the people that have bought anything from us, all of the people at Cooper-Young Fest, all of the folks in Mississippi that support us. You helped Cooper to stay afloat and for me to keep all my stuff!
We're not going anywhere now.
-Christian Westphal, Owner and operator of Cooper Skateboards

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