What started as a board designed to teach Peter Hamborg's children how to surf on land has turned into a hefty business for the Huntington Beach man after an appearance on the TV show "Shark Tank."
The 53-year-old Orange County Fire Authority firefighter created the surfboard-shaped object more than a dozen years ago using skateboard trucks — metal axles that hold the wheels, allowing the rider to turn the board when weight is applied to one side — and eventually called it the Hamboard.
What started as a bonding experience with his five sons has flourished into an international business. Things really took off after Hamborg and family members appeared in October on the ABC reality show — during which aspiring entrepreneurs seek investments from well-known business people.
"We were happy if we were selling one to two boards a day consistently. That would turn into a $200,000-a-year company for us," said Hamborg, who has been hand-crafting his product for the masses since 2006. "Now after 'Shark Tank,' we're selling 20 to 30 boards a day. We're blowing through our inventory that we had just built up."