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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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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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Introducing Septic Society to Vans

Introducing Septic Society to Vans

During STOKED Year 2, students expand on their skills in skateboard building from Year 1 and move into creating their own skateboard brand. This year was the first year that Los Angeles got to participate in Year 2 and our students were given the opportunity of a lifetime. While all student groups get to present their brand, our LA students had the opportunity to present their’s to representatives at Vans Headquarters in Cypress, CA.

Completely student led, the team created Septic Society, a brand that focuses on community and giving back. Their slogan “Skate the Filth Away,” emphasizes the importance of cleaning up the environment, especially in communities where they skate so they are able to enjoy them for years to come. Earlier this year, Septic Society put their dedication to community in action when they organized their own STOKED to Serve day where they patterned with FOLAR (Friends of the LA River) to clean up Marsh Skate Park.

Septic Society definitely brought energy to their presentation and they blew it out of the water! Vans was so impressed, the employees requested photos of the boards and a copy of the presentation to pass onto the right people in the business for a possible collaboration. A big thank you to Vans for allowing our Year 2 to present and for being huge supporters of STOKED!

Check out the photos from their trip to Vans and don’t forget to follow @septicsociety_ on Instagram to see what they’re up to!

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Vans x STOKED

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We Love Loaded Boards

We Love Loaded Boards

Words by: Katie Ferraro

The history between STOKED and Loaded Boards runs deep. As a partner for over 10 years, Loaded has been a huge supporter of our programs and we are so grateful to partner with such a rad company! Not only does Loaded graciously donate office space for our Los Angeles staff, but it supports us through collaborations, give back programs, and monetarily.

Most recently, Loaded has given consumers the option to donate 1% of their purchases through www.loadedboards.com. At check out, there is a drop down menu where you can choose STOKED as the charity you would like to receive the donation.

Prior to this give back program, Loaded Boards had partnered with us for the limited edition Carbon Tesseract board. During this collaboration, 20% of the sale of each board was donated to STOKED. The results were incredible as we were presented a check for $7000 during our holiday party in Los Angeles from Brian Dolen and the Loaded Boards crew. Check out the awesome promo video from the collaboration:

If that all wasn’t enough, Loaded Boards allows our LA team to be a part of it’s office family. The team at Loaded is a great group to work with, side by side, and are always friendly and so welcoming.

Thanks Loaded Boards for all you do to support STOKED!