Windells Academy Skate Students Traveled California for a couple of weeks in December. Here is their edit!
Windells Academy offers the only skateboard program of its kind in the world. The program is lead by head skateboard coach Jamie Weller who offers many years of experience and is an industry leader by owning his skateboard company. His connections in the skateboard industry has enhanced student experiences by providing amazing opportunities that would not be possible outside of Windells Academy.
The academy is located just outside of Portland, Oregon which is home to over 200 innovative, world-famous skateparks. The academy also has exclusive access to indoor skateparks such as Nike’s facility as well as Silas Baxter’s personal, private indoor skatepark. Influenced by weather, students depart campus daily to skate the hundreds of options they have within the region.
In addition, Windells Academy has partnered with a local gym, Mt. Hood Athletic Club. This athletic club was recently built with top of the line facilities that include a salt water pool, hot tub and sauna, basketball courts, and an extensive weight lifting/cardio gym. Our coaches transport students to the gym weekly and lead strength, endurance, and flexibility exercises for added training.
Video review is conducted daily by coaches and is an essential part of our training program. This allows students the chance to view themselves performing in their sport to better understand where they need to improve and how to do so. Goal sheets are completed at various parts of the year to measure student progression and to help students establish a clear path for their progression.
Competition season brings many travel opportunities for students. Depending on their level of ability coaches compile a competition schedule that meets their goals and matches their skill level. In the past students have traveled domestically to events such as Volcom’s Damn Am and The Unheard of Invational.
Athletics are a primary focus but providing students with long term opportunities are a leading focus. Industry trips to the headquarters of companies that are involved in the skateboard industry offer students the ability to build connections and understand the concept of networking. Companies that we visit include but are not limited to Nike, Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech), Poler, Transworld Magazine, Oakley and Thrasher Magazine. Tours are lead by company team managers and marketing managers giving students a perspective of life after sports. This leads students to pursue jobs in the industry that allows them to continue their passion of the action sports after pursuing their dreams of being an athlete. This also gives athletes a chance to meet industry leaders for sponsorship opportunities.