Teen girl breathes new life into vintage objects

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Izzy Aune creates, sells skateboards made from old skis

IMLAY CITY – Twenty-twenty year old Imlay City High School graduate Izzy Aune is the proud designer of Bumfoot longboards. Izzy searches for vintage water skis and turns them into unique longboard skateboards.

Her hobby started in college, when she worked on a special project with her father.

Izzy Aune exhibited his longboard at Art in the Rough in Imlay City in September and hopes to visit other festivals in the future.

“My dad and I made my first longboard with a 1960 Aristocrat. My great-grandfather Aune taught my grandfather Ale to water ski on them and my grandfather Ale taught my uncle and to my father to ski on it. They all learned about Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township. My dad found them in the rafters in my grandmother Sandy’s garage, ”Izzy explained.

Together, Izzy and his father created a longboard from sentimental skis.

“Over the years my dad and I started making more longboards out of vintage water skis and gave them away as gifts. A few months ago I started selling them under the name Bumfoot.

Izzy shared a little story about the birth of the name Bumfoot.

“The name was thought up by my father, who has a great influence on my boards. When we were doing our first, he had just sprained his ankle. He called him his “tramp foot”. And that’s what inspired the name.

The boards made by Izzy are all created with vintage water skis.

“Water skis are found all over Michigan. They are cut, refurbished and made into longboards. I want to make sure the skis stay as natural as possible, to keep their uniqueness, so I’m not making any major changes, ”she said of her process.

“These boards give new life to old skis that weren’t in good enough condition to be used as skis and collected dust in garages and sheds.

Not only does Izzy turn skis into longboards, but she also spends a lot of her free time longboarding around Imlay City.

“There hasn’t been much to do lately so longboarding is a great activity to do. It’s economical, easy to pack, and good exercise. If you live in Imlay City you have probably seen me and my friends longboarding
city.”

Izzy made sure to share, these boards aren’t just for teens. “I made a few special orders for the adults in town,” she said.

Izzy plans to continue making longboards while she attends the University of Rochester, continuing her education in criminal justice, with a minor in business entrepreneurship.

Bumfoot longboards can be custom ordered or chosen from a selection of already finished longboards on Bumfoot’s Instagram or Facebook pages. Izzy also had a booth at Art in the Rough in downtown Imlay City this fall.

“I had so much fun there that I hope to go to other festivals and exhibit my boards,” she said.

Bumfoot can be found on @BUMFOOTboards on Facebook, @bumfoot_ on Instagram, or by calling 810-542-4270.


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