Over the next 2 years the workshop moved four times into different basements and garages. At one time, Mike and Tom had their press setup in a tiny tool shed in the backyard of a house they rented. Mike actually pressed over 100 Chiefs in that shed. They also made a spray booth in their carport out of poly where Tom screened and sprayed the boards. They did what they could with what they had. Although they didn't have a high tech facility they were able to produce very innovative boards because of their creativity and their relentless testing.
When Mike and Tom finished University, they moved back to Vancouver. They rented a 350sqft mezzanine from local snowboard company, Invasion Snowboards. Landyachtz finally had a home. The factory was located on the Northshore of Vancouver where the two had grown up and where some of the best longboarding in the world can be found. This terrain was an important part in making Landyachtz. The terrain is very steep and demanding so the products that Landyachtz made had to really perform. It also made for super fun R&D sessions after work.
In 2001 Mike and Tom met Bricin Lyons(aka Striker). He was a super energetic rider with a serious need for speed, so Landyachtz decided to sponsor him. At 285lbs and riding like a human bowling ball, Bricin put Landyachtz boards to the test and proved their durability. Bricin went on to form Coastlongboarding which has put on over 30 longboarding events including the world renowned Danger Bay. Landyachtz and Coastlongboarding put a ton of time and effort into these events to help build the sport of Longboarding. With all these events, Vancouver transformed into a longboarding mecca, attracting riders from all over the world.
Along with helping organize longboarding events Landyachtz has sponsored a ton of riders over the years. By sponsoring riders and being involved in racing, Landyachtz has been able to continue to produce top of the line innovative products that perform at the highest level. In 2005, Tom won the IGSA World Cup for downhill skateboarding. The racing success continued with Frederick Lindstrom winning in 2006 and Scott'Scoot' Smith taking the title in 2008. Landyachtz used racing as a way to test and develop products that improve longboarding for every discipline; downhill, freeride, carving, cruising and commuting.
In 2005, after countless epoxy wars and debates on skiing vs. snowboarding, the guys from Invasion finally moved out and Landyachtz took over the entire 2700sqft space. It was a big step but the business and the sport were growing so it was a risk they had to take. After about a year, the 2700sqft factory was overflowing and Landyachtz needed more space. There was another warehouse across the street of similar size so they rented it for packing and shipping. The problem was getting the freshly manufactured boards across the busy street to be assembled and shipped. For about a year Landyachtz employees played frogger crossing 1st St. in North Vancouver till we finally found our current home.
In 2007, 10 years after it all started, Landyachtz moved to 1221 Glen Dr. The new factory is situated next to Strathcona Park in the heart of beautiful Vancouver. The building was in rough shape and needed a lot of work. Rather than put the stress on the environment of demolishing and building a new building, Mike and Tom decided to restore the old building. It took a lot of time and hardwork but the building is a now a 9000 sqft skateboard factory that employees over 20 skateboarders. With most of the Landyachtz staff living within skating distance it was a nice change. Commuting to work became a fun skate. Every employee at Landyachtz is passionate about skateboarding and that passion goes into every one of our products.
The goal was always to make the best boards on the market through innovative designs and a focus on durable products. That is still the Goal today.