Tag Archives: skateboarder


Alana Smith on Disney’s Citizen Kid (Video)

KTR Academy skater, Alana Smith, recently shared her story on Disney’s Citizen Kid.   Learn about her climb to becoming an X Games medalist and Guinness World Record holder.

Alana also has another segment on Disney’s “Make Your Mark”, which will air October 11.


Feature Skater: Mats Hatlem

Mats is a skater from Norway who spent the past months at KTR learning and perfecting 80 tricks!  Already a ripper before he came, it’s been awesome to take part in his progression.  Such a cool kid, we’re all so stoked to have gotten the chance to know him.  With that.. here’s some shredding and words by Mats!

Congrats Alana Smith! 4th Place Combi Pool Classic

KTR Academy skater, Alana Smith, came blasting out the gates and held her own against the Pros in the 2013 VANS Girls Combi Pool Classic, on January 19. At only 13 years old, Alana competed in the 15-27 Pro Division and landed a 4th place! We can’t wait to see what she throws down next year! Keep up the good work Alana!

Here’s a few photos of Alana shredding at the contest.
Photos_Dug Ketterman

Welcome New Program Director, Rich Zuccarello

If you haven’t already met Rich “Zuke” Zuccarello through KTR camps or lessons, he is the new Program Director of Skateboarding at Kids That Rip!  Zuke brings may years of experience on his skateboard, teaching others, and being embedded in the skate industry.  We are stoked to have Zuke on board with us. Check out his profile to see what he’s all about, and be sure to say hi the next time you see him!


Program(s) teach:
Years skating: 33
Originally from: Long Island, NY
Favorite course at KTR:  BOWL/OUTDOOR
Signature trick: LAYBACK INVERT
When I’m not at KTR, I’m: SKATING PARKS
Set-up: AZPX 8.5 ZUKE SIGNATURE MODEL, INDY 159′s with Bones bushings, Bones 60′s side cuts
Skate shoes now wearing: Vans 4 life
Sponsors: AZPX Skateboards
Favorite local restaurant and menu item: Pita Jungle (hummus chicken trio)
Favorite skate spot(s): Rio Vista skatepark
Past/present involvements in skate industry:
1. Owner/Operator “California School of Skateboarding”.
2. Program Director, “Skateboarders Against Drugs”

Sponsor History
1. JFA Skateboards (mid 80′s)
2. Gorden & Smith Skateboards (late 80′s)
3. AZP Skateboards (early 90′s)
4. LIB Teck Skateboards (2000-2005)
5. Grind King Truck Co. (2000-2005)
6. Pep Wheels (2000-2005)
7. AZPX Skateboards (2008- current)

Channel 3 News- Young Skateboarders Headed to X Games

As X Games 18 draws closer (June 28-Jul 1, 2012) , all eyes are on Jagger Eaton and Trey Wood; Jagger- the youngest competitor in X Games history and Trey Wood only a few months older, will be competing in the “Big Air” skateboard event at only 11 years old. AZ Family, Channel 3 came out to Kids That Rip!, Jagger and Trey’s local training grounds, to interview the two boys before the big Games. Click here if video does not load.

Kids of Summer Contest Series

Kids That Rip! skateboard contest series is revving up for it’s third and final contest of the summer. Not only will there be chances to rack up some cool prizes but also win cash in the sponsored division! So far, KTR has given away 1800.00 in cash prizes and another $900 will be given away on August 19th.  The contest is held on the Street course, so get to Open Skate and start practicing!  Details below.

8 & Under
16 plus
Best Trick

Entry Fee: $25 each division

Dates: June 17th, July 22nd, August 19th

Registration/Open Practice: 9AM, first division (8 & under) starts at 9:30AM, practice and warm-ups will be in between divisions.

Start practicing now at Open Skates: Thursdays and Fridays 7-10pm, Saturdays 12-3, 3-6, 6-9 and Sundays 12-3p