Australia's first Kota Kamp to be hosted in Hervey Bay
A DUTY to give back to a sport he wants to see grow is the main motivation behind Kota Schuetz's drive to teach the next generation of scooter riders.
The four-time world champion has taken his Kota Kamps across the world, and Hervey Bay's Rock Off Indoor Park is set to host the first-ever Australian camps on January 2 and 3.
"Australia is a huge audience," Schuetz said. "It's great for the scooter scene.
"And to be able to use my skills to inspire the younger generation is awesome.
"A lot of people don't realise that scooters' roots are deep with Australian influence. Riders like Australian Coedie Donovan paved the way for riders worldwide and now we see many really good riders from Down Under.
"Current rider Ben Thomas (from Perth) I believe is my biggest competition for future competitions."
Thousands of junior riders have already attended Kota Kamps across the world, and in his travels Schuetz has found most riders do not handle their scooters the easiest way.
Schuetz said teaching the five core tricks - tailwhip, spins, barspins, grinds and flips - was at the heart of Kota Kamps.
"I have had young kids who attended my Kota Kamps who on the first morning could not even drop into a ramp, and by the time the Kamp was finished, they were backflipping and doing tricks beyond their expectations," he said.
"Kota Kamps emphasises proper technique, where to put your nose, how to click your heels on every landing, and how to pump to generate speed."
More information, including tickets and camp schedules, can be found at http://www.kotakamps.com.
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