World champ Dakota Schuetz aims to build scooter sport
HAVE fun, dream big.
A simple motto that has helped San Clemente native Dakota Schuetz become a four-time world champion, and now forms the crux of the message he delivers to junior scooter riders across the world.
Rock Off Indoor Park was the site of the first "Kota Kamps" in Australia, a global program run by Schuetz which aims to both equip junior riders with better skills and to grow the sport.
"The reason I created Kota Kamps was to build the sport of scootering," he said.
"It's to promote scootering to the younger generation; if I teach the younger generation, in five years they will be the new pros.
I'll just keep going and help the new beginners grow which is a good thing for the sport."
Schuetz, 19, spoke highly of the facilities, and said the kids had gone well so far.
"They've gone really good," he said. "It's been really nice weather and everyone's having fun.
"It's a really nice skate park here at Rock Off.
"I've been to a lot of skate parks around the world. Any skate park is good - it's somewhere for kids to hang out and have fun so I think it's a great thing for Hervey Bay to have something like this."
At the start of each lesson Schuetz not only learned the juniors' names, but also asked them to nominate a trick they wanted to learn.
Schuetz said among the class there was one student in Saturday's session who stuck in his mind.
"One kid learned backflips - everyone learns tricks but there was this one kid, he tried backflips 50 times in a row and landed one," he said.
"He did good, and everyone progressed really well.
"It's to get them to push themselves. I can push myself but it's harder for newer kids who might not know how to get to the next level so help them with that here at Kota Kamps."
Schuetz will next run Kamps at the Gold Coast, though he said he was fully booked until the end of the month.
It is a normal life for the world champion, who gave an insight to what is an extremely busy schedule.
"It's not just Kota Kamps; I do a lot of contests and demos," he said.
"(I travel) probably about 300-and-somehting days a year. I was probably only home for two months last year.
"I've done it since I was 11 or 12 so it's just how I'm always doing it.
"I know people around the world so it's not like I go anywhere where I don't know anybody. It's a fun job."