Episode 330 with Dakota Schuetz: Greatest Scooter Rider of All Time
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Episode 330 with Dakota Schuetz: Greatest Scooter Rider of All Time

Electrify Podcast episode 330 with host Jarod DeAnda and guest Dakota Schuetz, the Greatest Scooter Rider of All Time

In the latest episode of the Electrify Podcast, host Jarod DeAnda dives into electric scootering with none other than Dakota Schuetz, also known as Kota, and famously known as the “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time) in scooter riding. Dakota, a four-time world champion in both freestyle and scooter racing, discusses his work in electric scooter racing, revealing his motivations, ongoing projects, and vision for the future of micromobility.


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  • Dakota Schuetz is a four-time world champion in freestyle scootering who has transitioned into a leader in electric scooter racing.
  • He organizes global electric scooter racing events through partnerships with the Federation for Micromobility and Sport, including the prestigious Dubai World Cup.
  • Dakota highlights the Electrify Race League (ERL) as a significant platform in the micromobility racing scene.

Dakota, a four-time world champion in freestyle and scooter racing, traced the evolution of his career. Initially dominating skateparks worldwide, he shifted gears to electric scooters in 2017-2018, driven by a passion to merge his skills in scooter design and tricks with the growing world of electric mobility. Currently, he directs efforts towards designing and building skateparks throughout the Middle East, with a goal to engage local youth in sports, an expression of his dedication extending beyond competitive achievements.


Dakota Schuetz Explores Simplicity, Performance, and Global Accessibility

The discussion shifted to electric scooters and their appeal, focusing on their simplicity and convenience compared to traditional vehicles. Dakota highlighted their low maintenance requirements, describing them as a hassle-free option for city commuters and enthusiasts alike. While he appreciates high-performance electric cars such as the Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan, Dakota confessed his enduring fondness for modified gas cars, echoing widespread market preferences in regions like the U.S.

Talking about e-scooter racing, Dakota highlighted its inclusivity and accessibility. Through collaboration with the Federation for Micromobility and Sport, Dakota manages races worldwide, such as the renowned Dubai World Cup. These events not only display state-of-the-art scooter technology but also advocate for micromobility as a promising sport, drawing diverse talents from across the world.


Affordable Access and Grassroots Growth in E-Scooter Racing

One of the podcast’s highlights was Dakota’s vision for expanding local scooter championships, a critical step in nurturing new talent. He highlighted the affordability of entry into e-scooter racing, drawing parallels to traditional motorsports where costs often serve as a barrier. Dakota envisions a future where grassroots initiatives and local competitions propel micromobility into mainstream sporting culture, making it accessible to enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.


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After attending the Electrify Expo in Long Beach, Dakota was amazed by the rising interest in electric mobility. He highlighted how the event introduced a broad audience to top-tier products such as e-bikes and e-scooters, despite their high costs, showing potential for global growth.


U.S. Expansion for E-Scooter Racing

He also looks forward to potential future collaborations with the Electrify Race League (ERL), envisioning expanded races across America sanctioned by the league, which could further elevate the profile of electric scooter racing on a national scale. “It was eye-opening to see the enthusiasm for electric mobility,” praising the event for showcasing new technology and fostering community engagement. “I thought it was amazing how many people were there. I was surprised with how man

Looking ahead, Dakota is hopeful about introducing e-scooter racing to the U.S. Despite facing logistical challenges because of its large size and regulatory complexity, he believes there’s a significant opportunity in tapping into America’s strong consumer market and technological capabilities. Dakota predicts a rise in sponsorships and innovations once these obstacles are addressed.

For more information on Dakota Schuetz, follow him on Instagram at @kota.


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