Since 2015, JMKRIDE has been dedicated to growing and supporting the sport of freeskating. While other freeskate-selling companies facelessly profit on the freeskate market, we at JMKRIDE reinvest our time and money in the freeskating community both in-person, through local events and meetups, as well as online by maintaining several social media pages and group forums in the United States and worldwide.
We see a bright future for freeskating just over the horizon. Don't miss out, and join us in ushering in the next revolution in human-powered skating. Roll with us.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
Left to right, our cofounders Jon Gorden, Mattie Tyce, Marco Cardenas, and Kyoki Shimada at the 2015 Japan Freeskate Open
CEO JMKRIDE USA, Brand Manager, Founder / USA
Jon was devastated when the first freeskate company went out of business. Unable to accept the fate of freeskating, he and three other former employees took matters in their own hands, bringing with them crucial experience of what to do, and what not to do, in running a freeskate company.
Adviser, Product development, Production Manager, Founder / Germany
Marco hails from Germany but his reach is global. Marco came up as a rider and developed an international presence in the freeskates community. He spent time in the US as well as working with the largest freeskate distributor in China. Speaking 5 languages fluently, Marco has not only lead JMKRIDE production, he is able to bridge the language barriers for our global events.
Designer, Pro JMK Rider, Product development,
Founder / JAPAN
An architect by trade, Kyoki’s design skills and years of being a pro rider contributed heavily to the development of JMK’s unique features and quality. Kyoki was Japan’s largest freeskate distributor and has created a massive freeskate community in Japan.
Our Origin Story.
In 2015, the future of freeskating was uncertain...
After years of hope and uncertainty came to a disappointing end with the collapse of the original freeskate company, our founders could no longer sit back and watch the community they loved and help build disappear. When many of the original riders were abandoning the sport, our co-founders came together to keep the sport alive, and give the community something to rally around. After three years of collaborative design with some of the best freeskaters in the world, the freeskate was completely re-imagined with numerous improvements never-before-seen to the world, and our flagship freeskate was ready. JMKRIDE was born from the ashes.
MEET TEAM USA
CEO & Co-founder
Jon was the driving force in establishing JMKRIDE in the USA and creating a brand for the freeskating community to rally around. As the Community Coordinator and Social Media Manager for the original company, Jon thrives in bringing the community together and building this great sport.
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