Passion meets creation: Four local teens create wakeskate business

April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ty Dalton and Logan Burns, both age 16, teamed up with their friends Zach Burns and Max Dalton, both age 13, to create “Lo-Tyde Wakeskates.” Lo-Tyde creates homemade, wooden wakeskates. They are located on Lake Bella Vista. Wakeskating is a water sport adapted from wakeboarding. “Wakeskating is basically wakeboarding without any bindings or boots to hold the rider onto the board. The pressure of the water on the bottom of the board helps the rider stay on,” Zach said. All four had experience riding wakeskates, but Ty wanted to make his own and created one in woodshop class. While it was a rough version of the current beautiful creations, the teens decided that they wanted to create their own together. At first, Logan joined Ty on the project, and together they decided to make the boards for profit. Then their younger brothers, Max and Zach, joined in on the endeavor. Ever since then, they have been known as “Lo-Tyde,” which is a combination of Logan and Ty’s names. Plus, the name incorporates a surf-like feel, adding an apparent appeal for water lovers. Not only is Lo-Tyde made up brothers, but both families are very involved. The teens’ parents, Jeanne and Gary Burns and Pat and Nancy Dalton, have invested money into the business because they believe it will grow. Plus, Ty and Max’s older sister Rylie created the logo freehand. They asked her to create a logo with a wave in it and she utilized her creative talents to help her brothers and their friends. “We have her paint every board because we find it makes each board different from the others,” the teens said. Since the teens had previous experience in various woodworking projects, the Burns family already had all the equipment they needed to start making wakeskates in their garage. “We make our wakeskates by gluing together two sheets of pine wood with primer and epoxy. We bend the boards into shape using cinder blocks and a mold. After that, we cut out the wakeskate and sand it down. Then we paint the board with a design on the bottom, and our custom logo on the top. After that, we coat it three times in polyurethane to waterproof it. Finally, we sprinkle sand […]

Spring Break Saturday

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These 2 pictures are Jane George from Kimberly and Sarah Ables from the WAR CHEST Boutique with Patty Shear of Rockford who won the 2 night stay with meal vouchers to Little River Casino and Resort during the Spring Break Saturday event in downtown Rockford. The winner of the Go pro camera donated by the Corner Bar was Jessica Hessler. I believe the Little River winner has a daughter that delivers papers for the Squire.


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., â March 25, 2015 â Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park prepares to welcome its nine-millionth guest today between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The organization has seen higher than average crowds this year. Meijer Gardens welcomed over 625,000 visitors in 2014, making it the most successful year on record. All media are invited to attend the welcoming of the nine-millionth visitor today at 11 a.m. David Hooker, President & CEO, will welcome the special guest.

Join Us for Barrels and Brews

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What do rain barrels and a business making great beer have in common? Clean water for the Rogue River. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater (stormwater) from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Stormwater is the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan. The average rain barrel will keep 1,815 gallons of stormwater out of our lakes and rivers each year. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most — during periods of drought — to water plants, your garden, or wash your car. Plainfield Charter Township and Rockford Brewing Company will be hosting a rain barrel workshop to help protect the Rogue River in collaboration with Trout Unlimited’s Home Rivers Initiative. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will help conduct the two workshops, which will be held on Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, May 20th, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockford Brewing Company. All workshops include everything you need to set up your barrel and take around 45 minutes. Rain barrels are $30 a piece and you must sign-up for a workshop at rainbarrels.wmeac.org. Rockford Brewing Company will also be offering $1 off pints during the event. We look forward to seeing you out there! The Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project is funded by the Frey Foundation, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Wege Foundation, the Wolverine World Wide Foundation, and the Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.

Picture perfect Rockford

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A stroll around downtown Rockford is a chance to see plenty of pretty sites, from flowering spring trees, blazing fall foliage and smiling faces of people enjoying their day. This opportunity to take a photo of some of our water wildlife popped up randomly while downtown doing some business. The Squire welcomes reader photos and hope you keep your cameras/phones or other photo devices ready to share some snapshots. Email to squireproof@sbcglobal.net.

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