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Coach Profile: Katie in LA

Coach Profile: Katie in LA

LA Coach Profile

We chatted with our LA coaches recently to see how they got involved with STOKED, mentoring and action sports.  This week we feature Katie, who is also the Operations Coordinator in our LA office.

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Coach: Katie

Coaches: Year 1 & 2

Sports: Skate, Surf, Snow

What do you love most about action sports and the industry?

I love the people and the overall culture. I grew up in Michigan with no background to the action sports industry, but after learning more, I knew I wanted to be part of it, mostly to crush the stereotypes which I had been so accustomed to. Everyone was so willing to support me in entering the industry and have continued to support me today.

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

I always knew I wanted to work in the action sports industry, but I also knew I was meant to be a part of something bigger than myself. The youth we serve are growing up in much different circumstances than me, yet continue to be an example of positivity, which has proven to be so humbling for me. I get to show these kids that there is a world of possibilities out there for them, even if they may see them as being out of reach.

What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?

I am most excited to serve as a role model for these students, creating connection, and empowering them to be the leaders that I see in each and every one of them. Most importantly, teaching them that leadership comes in many different forms and giving them the tools to find their voice.

Who is your mentor and what is the best advice he or she has given to you?

To me, mentorship is so, so important. I have many mentors, but two to note are Mark Sperling and Lewis Howes

Mark has been my mentor from the beginning, when the action sports industry was completely foreign to me. He always encouraged me to keep going and take the opportunities as they come. It’s definitely been solid advice as I have been in the industry now for five years and counting!

Then there is Lewis, who is an incredible human. He’s been my mentor since the beginning of the year and he has coached me through a pretty major career transition and I’m extremely grateful for him. Probably the most valuable things he has taught me is to be 100% clear on my vision or what it is that I want (no matter how big or small) and to always live in gratitude.

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To learn more about STOKED, go here.

Coach Profile: Wes in LA

Coach Profile: Wes in LA

LA Coach Profile

We chatted with our LA coaches recently to see how they got involved with STOKED, mentoring and action sports.  This week, learn more about Coach Wes.

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Coach: Wes

Coaches: Year 1

Sports: Skate, Surf, Snow

What do you love most about action sports and the industry?

I enjoy freedom of expression through skateboarding and being able to go anywhere in the world and see a kid with a skateboard and be able to connect even with language, culture, and religious differences.

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

I had a mentor growing up and wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I realized there are dreams and many are selfish – then there is a dream that involve living your dream and empowering others. It’s exciting to help others discover their talents and passions and to build.

What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?

I am excited to get kids excited about dreaming, vision, and creating their futures. Without vision you have no motivation to move towards that destination. 

Who is your mentor and what is the best advice he or she has given to you?

My mentor was a surfer/skater who I met while he was in college, then saw his process of marriage, kids, and now stepping into leadership roles. He always told me to take responsibility for my actions and to not walk around with a frown on my face ’cause no one would want to look up to me or follow me if I walked around sad all the time. I was a sponsored skateboarder – he told me start having fun, smile, and use my influence for positivity.

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To learn more about STOKED, go here.

Coach Profile: Daniel in LA

Coach Profile: Daniel in LA

LA Coach Profile

We chatted with our LA coaches recently to see how they got involved with STOKED, mentoring and action sports. This week, read about Coach Daniel whose love of skating brought him to STOKED.

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Coach: Daniel

Coaches: Year 1 

Sports: Skate, Surf, Snow

What do you love most about action sports and the industry?

Being from Los Angeles which is known for having a huge background in skateboarding, I was always surrounded by it. I love how free I feel while I ride my skateboard and I also love how skateboarding can give you a sense of identity and help you make friends for a lifetime.

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

I chose to be a STOKED coach because teaching the kids how to skateboard has always been something I’ve wanted to do for years. When I saw the opportunity to finally do it I hopped on it because to me it’s a dream job.

What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?

I am really looking forward to interacting with the kids and teaching them that they can achieve anything they want in life if they give it 110%.

Who is your mentor and what is the best advice he or she has given to you?

My mentor’s name is Javier Lopez. He is the owner of 3043 Boardshop which is the local skate shop in the city of South Gate and also owns Sensitive Skateboards. He’s heavily impacted and grown the skateboarding scene in the south east Los Angeles area. Growing up I’d look up to his company and his riders and dreamed to be a part of if somehow. Over time Javier had taken notice of me and began hooking me up with skateboards or anything I needed to keep me rolling. He’s heavily impacted my life in only positive ways and has taught me many life lessons and skills. To this very day he is my mentor and helps me forward in skateboarding and in my life and I just want to pass on what he’s taught me. 

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For more information on STOKED, click here.

 

Coach Profile: Dustin in LA

Coach Profile: Dustin in LA

LA Coach Profile

We chatted with our LA coaches recently to see how they got involved with STOKED, mentoring and action sports.  First up is Coach Dustin who was a mentor in NYC before joining us as a coach in LA!

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Coach: Dustin V.

Coaches: Year 1 & Year 2

Sports: Skate, Surf, Snow

What do you love most about action sports and the industry?

For the most part, action sports can be performed independently. That’s what I love most about them. It’s this concept of learning about yourself through a sport independently, then joining a larger community to continue to develop your unique experiences, style, and voice. With traditional team sports, this self discovery is reversed – meaning you may learn about yourself outwardly versus inwardly. I think this growth has more depth when it comes from within and action sports are unique in providing that independent platform from which to learn.   

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

It was a natural progression from the volunteer work I had done as a mentor in NYC. I’ve been familiar with the organization, its mission, and core values for a while. Since I was/am going through a professional transition period from leaving the advertising/marketing world, becoming a coach with STOKED came naturally. I am passionate about the organization, mentoring students, and skate/surf so it’s definitely a no-brainer in that sense. 

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What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?

Developing the student’s curiosity for professional careers that align with their interests and will allow them to become financially self-sustained adults. Often times, young people are pressured into following paths that others have carved for them. I want to be able to find that perfect balance of encouraging them to pursue their own passion while guiding them towards professions with growing earning potential and job security.  

Who is your mentor and what is the best advice he or she has given to you?

I grew up without a mentor, and have recently come to terms with how that has impacted my life. For that reason, I am very much dedicated to being a mentor to others, because it is an unnecessary burden in life to have to figure things out on your own as a young adult. We need each other and we need each other’s help. With that being said, I do get a lot of sound advice these days from stoic philosophy mainly through understanding that there is nothing new under the sun. This means that that if someone in history has achieved greatness in the face of adversity, then that same success can and is bound to be repeated. That person can be yourself if you decide you want it to be.

To learn more about STOKED, click here.