Category: Sports

Ryan Sheckler

Ryan Sheckler, Red Bull

Skate Life

Pro skater Ryan Sheckler definitely ranks as San Clemente’s unstoppable hometown hero.

Written by Brad Wright

At one point, you have to agree: Some of us are just destined for greatness. Ryan Sheckler was already skating the road to stardom almost before he could walk it. Certainly before he could drive it. Now he’s practically a household name—at least to a broad age bracket of skateboarding, reality show-watching teenagers and young adults across America. Born in ‘89, the pro skater and star of the MTV reality show, “Life of Ryan,” was raised on a piece of four-wheeled wood. The child prodigy was already rolling around on a skateboard at 18 months old, doing ollies at age 4 and practicing tricks everyday in his family’s backyard skate park at the tender age of 6. Sheckler’s career took major shape during the summer of 1995, when his dad built a new quarter pipe in the family’s yard. A few years later, he joined the California Amateur Skateboarding League (CASL), entered one of their contests and won.

Tony Hawk first took the time to practice with Sheckler at CASL—probably a surreal moment for any up-and-coming skateboarder. From 1997-2001, Sheckler went on to win all of the CASL state championships, and began signing more and more sponsors.”

Sheckler turned professional in 2003 (at age 13!) after winning at the X Games, Gravity Games, Vans Triple Crown and Slam City Jam. In 2004, he was named the World Cup of Skateboarding’s National Street Champion. He is still the youngest pro skater ever to win the X Games (2004). His “never give up” attitude rendered him a slew of victories after that, solidifying his fame in the industry, landing his cherubic-like mug on a heady list of magazine covers and eventually creating his signature clothing line.

Now a business owner and teen heartthrob, nothing stops this bright-eyed young man from striding ahead. He recently launched the Sheckler Foundation, a charity organization aimed at enriching the lives of children by funding programs that care for the health of action sports athletes. He even donated his own car to the Children’s Cancer Research fund (raising $200,000 for the endeavor). Destined for greatness is right. Rumor has it Sheckler wants to go down as one of the greatest skaters who ever lived. To many fans, he already has.

Blake Zerboni

The Smallest Player on the Field


Playing at UCLA was one of the best experiences of my life.

Twenty years ago I was the smallest player on the soccer field. Although my twin sister and I were quite athletic (thank you Mom and Dad) and relatively skilled for 6 year olds, an innocent bystander would never have guessed that 12 years later we’d be standing at Drake Stadium ready to start our first UCLA Division 1 soccer game. The journey getting there definitely had its trials, triumphs, and moments of perseverance; but most importantly, it took extremely hard work. In fact one of my biggest lessons was that your genetic ability only takes you so far; it’s the determination, dedication, discipline, and passion that take you to the next level. *(Take that as a life lesson as well).

If I hadn’t learned the importance of those four things during my adolescence, I would never have advanced to where I did, especially at my stature.

Playing at UCLA was one of the best experiences of my life. I not only had the opportunity to play alongside some of the most amazing soccer players in the nation and gather three Final Four appearances, but I also received a second-to-none degree and made some of the best and lasting friends a girl could ask for. Amazing, amazing, amazing—the people, the knowledge, the experience! I’ll never forget what it was like to put on that uniform, walk out onto the brightly lit field and represent one of the best universities in the world. It was such a sense of pride, accomplishment, and inspiration.

Zerboni1 I guess my point to all this is that although I’ve accomplished my goals, I’m not really done accomplishing my goals. I’ve had the experience, and now I want to give every girl who loves soccer the chance to have a similar experience. Fortunately, I’ve chosen a career path that will allow me to do this. After attaining my 200-hr yoga certification in LA, I decided (at 25 years old) that it was time to move back to my home roots and earn a certificate in NASM Personal Training. From there I have combined my soccer expertise (from playing at such a high level) and my knowledge of body movement (strength, speed, power, flexibility, athleticism) to become the most unique Soccer Performance Specialist in California. In addition to that, I am one of the only females in this field, and as far as finding a mentor for young girls, look no further. Who is better to answer your questions than the person who has walked in the shoes? So, this is my story. Let me help you create yours. Contact me to start your experience. Today.

Blake Zerboni

Ex-UCLA student athlete – Women’s soccer NASM Certified Personal Trainer 200 hr-yoga Certified Bzerboni@gmail.com 949.291.5425

Triton Football


Triton Football

Jaime Ortiz has been apart of the San Clemente Trition football program for 12 years now

Representing Triton football on and off the field is the philosophy of head coach for the San Clemente football program, Jaime Ortiz. Two season’s ago as the defensive coordinator, Ortiz helped the team get to the CIF-SS Pac 5 championship game. With a new season in a new position so to came the new players. This season saw only six returning starters but Ortiz uses this as a motivational technique for his team.

“The seniors during the championship game run in CIF that year did a great job of raising the bar for our program and it is up to us to continue to get better every day,” Ortiz said.

The Tritions went through a developmental stage this past season but the boys were galant in their efforts to build the cupboard back up. Coming within one minute of the season last game of making the playoffs. Ortiz has been apart of the San Clemente Trition football program for 13 years now, he knew teaching and coaching were something he saw in his future immediately after graduating high school. It took eight years of coaching other high school football programs before Ortiz found something special about San Clemente’s program, and he has had no desire to go anywhere else.

“I truly believe that San Clemente is one of the last one town, one school communities left in southern California, it’s something special and sacred that I remind the boys about on a daily basis,” Ortiz said. Twenty years coaching high school football has brought Ortiz great joy, he has had opportunities to coach at the college level but prefers the mentoring role he gets to experience and share with his players. Ortiz recalled coaches that were father figures to him in high school and he strives to be the same to his players. Coaching not only football, strength and conditioning, Ortiz stresses the importance of academics to his players. “ The players know that there is only one event that matters on the football field and it happens every June with family, loved ones and friends attending, it’s called graduation,” Ortiz said.

Having the opportunity to interact with Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, coach Ortiz reiterates an attitude he learned from coach Carroll. Always competing in everything they do, from the classroom to the weight room, study hall and football field. This is what Ortiz learned from the NFL head coach and brings to the group of young men.

However, the involvement of the team doesn’t end with the players and coaches, Ortiz is pleased have support from the parents. Financially parents have band together and raised funds for the program, but more importantly they have volunteered time to help with snack bar operations as well as numerous programs behind the scenes. “With budget cuts, the parents have really stepped up to keep the program running at an optimal level, our program philosophy is that we are a Triton family and we want everyone to be a part of it,” Ortiz said. Family is a crucial element in Ortiz’s life as he is recently the father of three now. The life of a high school football coach is demanding, during a regular season coaches average about 480 hours away from the family working with their student-athletes. Ortiz praised his family for all their support that enables him to coach at such a high level, calling his wife the rock of the household.

“It’s hard enough to go through a season as a coaches wife but for her to do what she does while being nine months pregnant reminds me every day how lucky I am,” Ortiz said. The Ortiz family welcomed home their new born baby recently and when you see coach around his kids you know where his true happiness comes from….family.

“I was given this advice, there are two things that will guarantee happiness in life: you have to marry your best friend and you have to love what you do for a living, I’m lucky to have both,” Ortiz said.