Whatcom native to make second appearance on "Shark Tank"

During his next appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Stephan Aarstol won’t have to worry about sealing a deal.

Aarstol, a Whatcom County native who now runs Tower Paddle Boards in San Diego, Calif., appeared on the investment-pitching game show last March. He convinced billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban—one of the show’s “sharks”—to invest $150,000 in the company.

Aarstol will appear on an upcoming episode on Friday, Sept. 28, to give an update on the success of his company. The episode airs at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Up until Aarstol first appeared on the show, Tower Paddle Boards had made total sales of about $100,000. After the appearance, the company expects to exceed $1.5 million in sales by the end of 2012—an increase of more than 800 percent, according to Aarstol.

Tower Paddle Boards makes and markets stand-up paddle boards direct to retailers.

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