ISCP/SKATZ Advisory Board

Jay Mandarino

Canada, Ontario, Toronto

Jay has always loved teaching kids, youth and adults. Throughout high school he started working as a camp counselor in training, later becoming a senior camp counselor working with special needs kids. Later he was a senior camp counselor for Parks & Recreation traveling to different parks developing his own style while learning to teach anyone no matter what obstacle they might face. In the winter he learned to ski and became both a certified ski instructor & freestyle ski judge working at many of the top ski resorts in North America. But skateboarding was his true passion.

In 1976 he was the first person to hippie jump a Ferrari and in 1978 he placed third in slalom and fifth in freestyle at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). Jay founded the CJ’s SKATEPARK, A Not-For-Profit, indoor, climate controlled ,largest skatepark in the world. When skateboarding was introduced in the 2021Olympics, it only made sense to expand the National Certification Skateboard Program which Jay purchased in 2010 as a Not-For-Profit and developed & expanded in the last few years and transformed it into the ISCP(International Skateboard Certification Program) & SKATZ (Stance, Kicks, Axles, Transfers and Zen). This is the most comprehensive certification program in the world and with our expanded global advisory board we are now in 30 countries & 350 cities and growing.

We offer both in class on site certification and training as well now we also offer virtually classes to any one wishing to teach skateboarding.

Jay acquired several of SBC Media’s iconic Canadian sports magazines from bankruptcy including SBC Skateboard which is now the top skateboard magazine in Canada.

His philanthropic work has been acknowledged in many editorial articles, letters of praise and with numerous awards including three medals – the Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, recognizing individuals who, through exceptional long-term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to their communities, and the Order of International Ambassadors Medal. Jay’s motto is failure is not an option and we all need to have fun and enjoy what we do!

Betty Esperanza

Canada, Quebec, Montreal

First generation Canadian of French- Hungarian descent has been building communities worldwide for two decades through her passion to unite people of all cultures to champion causes in the philanthropic, skateboarding, and arts and culture spheres. She studied diplomacy and business development and marketing while juggling careers as an artist, musician and entertainment manager of Canadian Jazz Musician, Vic Vogel for 10 years, as well as an avid street photographer participating in over 30 International exhibits where some of her black and white series “A BOOK ABOUT DEATH” are archived in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA NY and MoMA Wales), American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and Musee des Livres de Paris to name a few.

She is part of the TED Talks brand and a recent Radio Canada documentary “L’Esperanza de Cuba” tells her story in Cuba about her non-profit, Skateboards For Hope which empowers youth using skateboarding as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. It brought her attention to meet Oprah in 2013 and most recently received the Maria Brown Humanitarian Award for her commendable community work.

Betty has been empowering youth for over 30 years and her purpose is to build safe and happy environments for children.

Mohlomi TJ Tsotsotso

South Africa, Gauteng, Johannesburg

I was born in February 1992 in the Town of Welkom , Free State which is a mining town also known as the GoldFields. Now based in Gauteng and working formally as a Skateboard Coach/ Instructor and motivational speaker are applied as part of his M.O . Being from a small town, the root of what he believes to spark creativity through and through.

I was introduced to the world of skateboarding as a volunteer through tutoring and later going on to become a skate/educational facilitator at Skateistan SA 17 – 20 to Now currently where I work Diligently for Origii Skate. This Skateboarding Entity is in pursuit of giving access to a community of active skaters to empower them and create jobs for the vastly unemployed youth of South Africa. Skateboarding is a beautiful sport and even more so being in the Olympics .Origii Aims to further the accessibility of the sport in all spaces.

Monty Little

Canada, British Columbia, Maple Ridge

Besides being the driving force behind the Annual World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Championships, held each May long weekend at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair, Monty is the co-founder of CASA, the Canadian Amateur Skateboard Association, and has run hundreds of skateboard safety clinics and contests across Canada. In 1986 he was approached to run skateboard demo’s for the Worlds Fair at EXPO 86. Monty went one better by organizing the first true World Championships with 20 amateur teams and pros from 16 countries competing at the TransWorld Skateboard Championships.

He has also been instrumental in designing several skateboard parks in Canada, including lobbying for Canada’s first community skateboard park in 1977 and putting together the first Canadian Skatepark Guide. A youth advocate for Canadian skateboarders, he also has over 30 years of service as a Boy Scout leader.

Although Monty no longer sits on the board of directors, he helped to launch CANADA SKATEBOARD, the skateboard association that will be sending Canadian athletes to the 2021 Summer Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Roger Bruinsma

Canada, Alberta, Lethbridge

I’ve been involved in skateboarding for 35 years, I was a Professional Skateboarder for 3 years in my 30’s .. I’ve competed as a Sponsored Amateur and Professional in street, bowl and vert competitions and placed 2nd in the 2001 World Amateur Vertical Skateboard Championships in Orange, California .. My best Pro placing was 22nd at the Tampa Pro in 2004 in Street .. I’ve helped with skatepark design with all 4 of my local parks .. I own and operate ToplessPizza Skateboards, a 100% skateboard SkateShop in Lethbridge (8th year in operation) .. I co-own SkateboardCanada with my pal Corrie who also lives in Lethbridge, we do Media work and sell our apparel under SkateboardCanada.com .. I’m a board member on the NineBar Foundation, we are a non-profit group with a goal of getting an indoor skateboard training facility in Lethbridge , I volunteer 4 hours a week of lessons to support this cause, as well as advise as a board member .. I volunteer at the University of Lethbridge doing a skate-rock themed radio show once a week – I’ve done this for over 30 years and it has led me to now doing live play by play for our local Professional Baseball Team ( my son plays Bantam Double A Baseball, my daughter also played ) – I’ve been doing the baseball play by play for 8 years .. I still love skateboarding, I was out tonight at my local park with my ghetto blaster having fun

Sasha Senior

Canada, Ontario, Windsor

My name is Sasha Senior and I’m the proud owner of Bliss Skateboard Shop. We opened our doors in March 2020 and quickly became known in the skateboard industry. As a young adult I could never imagine being the first black woman to open a skateboard shop in North America but I am truly grateful to have this be my purpose in life. Opening Bliss has made me realize how passionate I am about skateboarding and giving back to the community locally and internationally. Besides being an entrepreneur I also serve with the Canadian Armed Forces and raise my two son as best I can. I appreciate everyone’s love and support of the shop and I look forward to its growth as I continue to make contributions in the skateboard world.

Shelby Lobo Snyder

United States, Nevada, Reno

Growing up in the high desert northern Sierra mountain range, outdoor and thrill-seeking we’re second nature to Shelby. Skateboarding found him around the age of 8, watching a group of older kids play in the parking lot of a grocery store. Once he locked his eyes on the ever so fascinating wheeled apparatus, he was instantly hooked. Fast-forwarding into the future; with even more eagerness to pursue anything outside of the norm. Shelby facilitated getting an education in professional snowboard coaching, biomechanics, and Motorcycles. For him, fun is the utmost priority. Taking from someone who has owned every single Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game. Inspiration & motivation have always come from the basic necessities of playing in front of the convenience store parking lot in the evening with friends and snacks….lots of snacks.

With continuous pursuit in the action sports Realm; Shelby is currently Director of Woodward Riviera Maya. Where he has the opportunity to engage with people around the world and express the love of skateboarding through daily life. Adventure is;
Appreciate, Explore, Discover, Repeat….

Sylvia Rayner

Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver

Sylvia is an educator with more than a decade of experience in mental performance training for athletes, performers, and entrepreneurs. She has particular expertise in coaching high risk/adventure sports and endurance athletes. Late to the skateboarding game, Sylvia started at age 31 and fell in love. Besides the raw joy of skating she saw how the sport creates community, provides endless opportunities for creative expression and satisfies risk-taking tendencies, while also building physical strength and mastery. In 2014 she developed the Skatefulness program, combining beginning skate skills with mindfulness techniques, to empower youth and inoculate them against trauma. She is proud to support ISCP/SKATZ on its mission to make a global impact through skateboarding.