World scooter champ ‘Kota’ Schuetz visits with fans in La Jolla
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World professional scooter champion Dakota Schuetz dropped by Scooter Garage in La Jolla June 12 to visit with his young fans, sign autographs and demonstrate tricks — from the double whip to the bride flip.
“A double whip is when your deck spins around twice,” explained Muirlands Middle School student Clark Brown. “He just taught me how to do one step-by-step.”
Neighbor and La Jolla Elementary School student Nick Brown (no relation) enthused, “He’s just really good, like really talented.” Dakota (also referred to as “Kota” and “The Machine”) came in first place during last year’s International Scooter Association world championships in the United Kingdom.
The Temecula resident, whose talent also landed him his own brand of scooter bearings, Zeus, and a signature scooter from Lucky brand (both to be on the market in July), appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in February. He is one of only two people to have completed all 40 tricks in Tricknology, an online challenge in which riders complete as many tricks on a list as possible. Scooter Garage manager Christian Ewing, who grew up riding scooters with Dakota (now 17), said his friend still prefers riding at Krause Family Skate Park at the Mission Valley YMCA (aka Clairemont Stakeboard Park). “Everybody really looks up to him; he wins almost every single contest he enters,” Ewing said.
Scooter Garage is donating 20 scooters made from gently used parts to the Monarch School via its “Scoot to Give” program. The K-12 school serves students who are homeless, at risk of being homeless or impacted by homelessness.
“When the kids are coming in to get new parts, if their old parts are in good condition and they’re not going to use them anymore, they donate them,” explained Scooter Garage owner Renata Cortina. “It’s our way of giving back to the community.”
To donate a scooter or parts, visit Scooter Garage at 6902 La Jolla Blvd., Suite B.
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