This weekend, the Trikke Academy will boldly go where no previous Academy event has ventured, with what could easily be described as a Vegas extravaganza.
“It’s our biggest event to date,” says Ann Pirone, Academy coordinator. “We have people joining us from all over the country for our largest and last Academy of the year, and also for our first-ever Riding Clinikks Weekend, not to mention our first ever Trikke Rink … (think skating rink with Trikkes).”
All told, over 60 people are expected to attend, says Pirone, including Trikke Tech CEO John Simpson, Trikke inventor Gildo Beleski and even a distributor from Malaysia.
“It’s the best riding space we’ve ever had,” said Fred Welch, Academy director when the event was announced in July.
So what will all those Trikke people be doing in Las Vegas?
Picture the Aliante Hotel transformed into the Trikke Academy campus, a place where students attend classes, some indoors, some outdoors, some behind a desk, some on a Trikke.
What are they learning? Depends on their goals.
Some are there to become certified Trikke Trainers, others Academy Associates, still others, simply better Trikke riders.
That’s because the Trikke Academy has diversified its curriculum, allowing for more options: attend an Academy seminar and become a trainer; attend a “partial seminar,” of sorts, and become an associate; or attend the weekend-long Riding Clinikks and choose from a variety of different classes.
“I’m going mainly for the Electrikks class,” says Dennis Ham of Hanford Calif. “I’ll also be attending the Associates class, so I’ll be able to receive 10% commission on any sales.”
The Academy has offered these options previously, but never all at the same time, and never with a full scale Riding Clinkks weekend. And never with a Trikke Rink.
“It’s going to be a good time,” says Pirone. “We’re very excited.”
It’s a feeling others share.
“I’m absolutely looking forward to it,” says Kimberly Myshka, Trikke Trainer from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who’s attending her fourth Academy. “It’s never been a bad use of time because they can’t fit all they know in one weekend, so we hear new things each time, and learn from the different attendees, as well.”
Of course, no institution of higher learning would be complete with a policy of all work and no play, so the Academy plans to turn the “over 70,000 square feet of riding space with spectacular views of both the mountains and the Vegas strip” into a Saturday Night Trikke Rink.