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Coach Profile: Jake in NY

Coach Profile: Jake in NY

NY Coach Profile

We asked our coaches in New York a few questions about how they got into action sports, mentoring and STOKED.  This week, meet Coach Jake.

Coach: Jake McRae

Sports: Skate, Snow & Surf

Coach for Years: Yr 2

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

What i love about action sports is the challenges you have to overcome and the feeling of accomplishment from learning new things.  

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

I joined because i enjoy working with kids and that skateboarding changed my life and i wanted to share that with the kids in STOKED.

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

I am looking forward to surfing and to see how the kids progress throughout the year.

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

My mentor was my best friend in high school who got me into skateboarding.  He was always down to skate and helped me learn all the tricks I know today.  The best advice was to go big or go home.

Coach Profile: James in NY

Coach Profile: James in NY

NY Coach Profile

We asked our coaches in New York a few questions about how they got into action sports, mentoring and STOKED.  This week, meet Coach James and learn why he’s excited about working with STOKED.

Coach: James Manges

Sports: Skate, Snow & Surf

Coach for Years: Middle School, Yr 1, and Yr 2

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

I love the freedom when you get on and just go where the board takes you. You don’t think about what responsibilities you have to handle, the arguments you had, or any other problems you might have. It’s all about what is in front of you.

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

It was a really hot day during the summer of 2015. I was coaching a middle school summer program. Most of the days we would work on cruising, playing games, or learning new tricks. This day was different because of the searing July heat. We just sat on our boards in this little shaded part of the schoolyard and skated this little quarter pipe. It was the simple bonding time with my students that i remembered the most. It felt like we were a crew. That’s when I realized I wanted to be a STOKED coach.

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

I’m excited to get back on the mountain with the Stokers. It is such a life changer when these young adults snowboard, some for the first time. For some of them, it’s is the first time they have seen a mountain. Through these trips, I believe, is when they start seeing the bigger picture – that we are cultivating a family of Stokers.

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

My Mentor is a retired Neurologist that used to give me rides home with his daughter when i was in high school. We used to talk about politics, religion, and how the brain worked. He instilled in me an intense passion of always pushing to learn more. I got amazing advice from him throughout the years, but it was his belief in me that has always stuck with me.

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Coach Profile: Jenny in NY

Coach Profile: Jenny in NY

NY Coach Profile

We asked our coaches in New York a few questions about how they got into action sports, mentoring and STOKED.  This week, learn how Jenny’s first job shaped the way she sees the world.

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Coach: Jenny Irving

Coach for Year: 1

Sports: Skateboarding

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

I love the body awareness, the flow, the play with gravity, the dedication, the progress, the fun. Action sports are the fountain of youth.

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

It kind of chose me. My friend recommended me for it and the rest just fell into place.

What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?
I am excited for the art – one of the quickest ways to see inside someone’s brain! I am also super stoked to see more passion for the board life ignite.

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

If I had to choose a mentor, it would probably be my first boss – a pizza guru in Rhode Island. He taught me that things have a way of working themselves out for the best, and if you figure out how you learn, you can learn anything. He’s a wordsmith, a merry prankster, and a lover of the law of attraction (our thoughts shape our world). He also made sure the workplace was a joyful environment for everyone, so that going to work was a treat not a chore. Very important stuff.

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To learn more about STOKED go here.

STOKED NeON Summer Skate Program

STOKED NeON Summer Skate Program

Words and photos by Brad Williams

When I was first briefed on the STOKED/NeON summer skate program in Brownsville, Brooklyn, I had no idea what to expect from it. I only knew that it sounded like something I definitely wanted to be a part of. Skateboarding isn’t something that comes to mind when one thinks of Brownsville. The neighborhood is too often characterized by the reports of violence and gang/drug-related crimes that frequent local headlines. That’s not the Brownsville I know, but even when I lived there in 2012, it was rare to meet a fellow skater from the neighborhood. Sure, someone was always making use of one of the many spots in the area, but they were mostly from elsewhere, and just made a trip out to skate spots they’d seen in videos. Now, just four years later, Brownsville’s skate scene has grown immensely. With plenty of youths trying to get the most out of their neighborhood on a deck, two trucks, and four wheels.

On the first day of our program, I was genuinely surprised to see the majority of kids we spoke with on recruitment day actually showed up! None of them owned a skateboard, yet some already knew how to ride. A few couldn’t even set foot on a board. Still, with brief instructions and a little encouragement, everyone was pushing and stopping comfortably by the end of day one. By day two, it was clear that the group was having more fun than anyone expected.

The next week we encountered a group of teenage skaters rolling around Betsy Head Park. They were quick to skate over and greet James and I with plenty of questions. After we explained what the program was about, they were eager to join us. Even with the wide range of skill levels, everyone in our group has made notable progress over the past few weeks. Not only are the older participants learning tricks like heelflips and bigspins, but they’re gaining confidence in their abilities on and off the board.

With a multitude of personal backgrounds, everyone stands to gain something unique from this program. Some participants used to skate, but gave it up at some point and got in legal trouble along the way. Others started before the program, and others are just discovering their new abilities this summer! Regardless of background, I know they’ll leave our program with new friends and valuable skills. Despite the area’s reputation, this group contains are some of the most genuine and motivated people I’ve worked with in my five years of teaching skateboarding. I hope to read headlines about pro skaters from Brownsville in the near future.

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For more information on STOKED programs click here.