The story of Board Barf
It’s summer 2012, I’m bald as a bat, undergoing chemotherapy, and in charge of producing 3,000 pieces of fake vomit for my snowboard brand Crab Grab. Oh the irony. Never in my wildest dreams did I see this coming…
The backstory: My husband and I started Crab Grab in 2011, we make mitts, traction and accessories for snowboarding. My husband designs all products and our amazing manufacturing partners make his fun ideas into reality. He happened to find a family owned company in the US that had been making fake barf for 50 years as a prank toy. It was too good to be true, American made barf for snowboards, yes please. Sounded great at the time. Through various steps of working with 3M (adhesive guru’s) we found a compatible adhesive to stick the vomit to your top sheet. It just required us applying the adhesive sheet, hand cutting out the barf, then packaging it. We prebooked 3,000 pieces that fall of 2011 and decided with would be the manufactures for the product, making it a fun summer project. Summer was a little different that I had planned.
May 2012, I found out I had invasive ductal carcinoma (a type of breast cancer). I chose to have a double mastectomy followed by chemo, radiation and hormone therapy. Come June 2012 we had 3,000 pieces of barf to make and I’m just getting started with chemo… I instantly wished I never committed to making all this barf, it seemed like some kind of sick joke. Thank you to a handful of gracious friends we pulled it off, but it was no small feat, and gave me a whole new perspective on barf.