Looking for a special stocking stuffer?
How about one designed by someone local — say, a 13-year-old Westporter?
Say too that the young entrepreneur is giving a portion of the profits to charity.
And he offers his creation online, so you can order any time. Like right now!
The gift is a homemade “anti-gravity finger surfboard.” It’s a miniature board that kids use to surf air currents and wind out of a car window.
It’s the brainchild of Pierce Brown. He designed, prototyped and found suppliers all by himself.
He thought he might sell a dozen. Now — thanks to Etsy — he’s beyond 500. Orders have come from 48 states. (What’s wrong, Alaska and North Dakota?!)
The Fairfield Country Day School 8th grader now spends every spare minute cutting grip tape, drilling holes in surfboards and attaching them to leather straps.
He’s hired an assistant to keep up with demand. (Okay, it’s his sister. Still …)
Pierce is donating a large part of the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. It’s his idea. His grandfather — Pierce’s larger-than-life hero who piloted air ambulance jets around the world, sky dove, waterskied barefoot and told outrageous bedtime stories — suffers from the disease.
This is not Pierce’s first venture. At age 3 he sold lemonade and cookies. At 10, he had a dog walking and leaf raking business.
Now he’s back at work, with his anti-gravity finger surfboard. Click here to make your kids — and Pierce, and Alzheimer’s researchers — happy.