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    Go Skate Teaches Around the Globe


    Go Skate, one of the first national skateboard schools, has taken their camps around the country and overseas. Founded in 2009 by Rob Dunfey, the school has quickly grown to teach over 12,000 students. Throughout the expansion, the action has been photographed in the above collection.  The skateboard instruction is popular among 5-12 year olds, male and female. Within a couple lessons, a complete beginner is able to learn the basics of transportation and safety. The lessons are available at over 2,500 public skate parks in the US and Canada.

    Rob Dunfey, the founder of GoSkate.com, is a 20-something skateboarder. He put his business degree at Loyola Marymount University on hold to pursue his path of entrepreneurship in the sports field. In addition to the lessons, he also makes instructional videos which have gathered almost 3 million views on YouTube.  This how to ollie video has over 350,000 views.  

      In 2011, the government of Ireland (a country normally known for it's rain and soccer) hired Go Skate to teach skateboard lessons at parks throughout the country. The growing pace of skateboarding has also led it to offer year-round lessons in United Kingdom. England has about 1 out of every 10 skateboard lessons booked by Go Skate.

    Go Skate is also responsible for conducting camps in partnership with over 50 US city governments including: Carlsbad, California, Santa Cruz, California, Allen, Texas, Pearland, Texas, Santa Maria, California, Poway California, Arcadia, California, Scottsville, New York, Abington, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and more. In 2014, Go Skate plans to introduce free skateboard clinics at select parks in California and Arizona.

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