“Since starting Skate Kids, Seth has become more confident and persistent in his everyday life. We’ve seen such an improvement not only in skating but in school and piano as well. Kurtis has been a positive influence to Seth, teaching him that hard work does pay off.” –Steve & Ethel Games
“Kurtis is a cool guy, he is patient and always encourages me to do more.” –Seth Games
Im thankful to be apart of the Skate Kids program. Kurtis my trainer has taught me many things but the most important is that he has taught me how to put my mind on what I want and I can achieve my goal. He taught me how to pay my dues and get up and try again. It’s fun to skate and I’ve earned many prizes like diamond hardware, wax and other cool things for landing new tricks. One day I hope to become a pro skater myself and then my hard work will pay off. I look up to Kurtis because he’s a great role model. He supports me in my passion for skating and he encourages me. He’s like a big brother figure. I’m proud to be a Skate Kid! – Kurtis Ludwig
Kurtis has been an amazing influence from the start. Our son Ryder started taking lessons about 6 months ago. Beyond the obvious skateboarding skills that Ryder has learned thus far, we are seeing that the skateboard lessons he takes and the time he spends with Kurtis is yielding results beyond skateboarding tricks. Ryder has learned that skateboarding is challenging. It takes hard work and a lot of practice. He is learning to persevere, to use the challenges skating presents to motivate him. Kurtis has talked him through how to do that. Even when Ryder wants nothing more than to give up, Kurtis has a way of convincing him to give it one more try…and then one more try after that. We have seen Ryder attempt the same trick for over an hour, watching him want to walk away. Kurtis has a way of pushing him in a really positive and motivating way that keeps him going. Seeing Ryder land something that at one point he didn’t think he could ever do is always amazing.
Kurtis also films parts of the lesson and Ryder’s attempts at the tricks so that he is able to play back for him and walk him through corrections as they go along. Ryder responds very well to that and also loves the fact that when he does land something, it’s almost always been captured on video. Kurtis has also been very accommodating and flexible when it comes to scheduling. He makes it easy to get a skate lesson in for Ryder.
The progress our son has made on a skateboard in the past 6 months is so impressive and so easy to see. His desire to get better at skateboarding along with the positive and knowledgeable influence from Kurtis is making all the difference for Ryder. We have recommended skateboarding lessons with Kurtis to everyone we know with a child that has an interest in skateboarding.