ABOUT MOTA SKATES
MOTA SKATES, founded in 2015 by Doug & Julie Glass who wanted to prove skaters don’t need to compromise comfort, quality & performance for price – hence nylon composite outsoles are better than leather or carbon-fiber offered in traditional quad boots today. More fun through fit, comfort & performance. Over 30% lighter than leather outsoles and equal to carbon-fiber. indestructible outsoles that offer unprecedented longevity with one of a kind built in mounting templates for fast precision mounting.
Our vision is to inspire roller skating through quality, performance, comfort and affordability for all ages.
To accelerate the world of competitive roller skating.
Our company and our values
Backed by more than 20 years of outstanding innovation, quality and sporting successes there is Mota & TKO Racing.
Our long history, which has greatly helped the birth and development of modern inline racing and roller derby, is driven in the innovative spirit and has become an integral part of our new company’s DNA. Continually striving for maximum performance and quality combined with style and affordability make the world of MOTA SKATES & TKO Racing and its products stand out in every aspect.
Since 1996 – the first inline racing frame with full color graphics and 7075 aluminum made in USA. In 1997 – the first power strap with micro adjustment buckles and micro fiber uppers for inline speed skates. In 2009 – first 59×38 quad wheel dedicated to roller derby. In 2012 – first integrated anatomical foot bed for high-performance quad and inline boots used currently in both Mota quad and TKO inline boots. In 2010 – introduced IQ, inline race wheels with the first inner band that was encompassed by the outer tire. Still used currently with TKO inline wheels.
The same thread will continue to run through MOTA & TKO: we have always looked beyond in order to offer something that is more relevant, better performing, more comfortable and more affordable.
Over the years and down through the generations, this way of thinking and creating has become a sort of natural imprinting for our nature, our company and those who work with us.
Husband and wife (Doug & Julie Brandt-Glass) both world champion inline/roller skaters between 1986-2004. We went into business for ourselves in 1997, manufacturing premium inline racing boots in Huntington Beach, California along with our founding partner Mr. Verducci of Italy. Verducci Racing went on to be one of the top inline Racing brands worldwide, sponsoring and making boots for several top skaters around the world including names such as Chad Hedrick, Joey Mantia, Brittany Bowe, Joey Cheek, Jessica Smith, Ippolito Sanfratello and so many more.
Between 1997-2012 our mission remained consistent, to produce the most premium inline racing boots in the world, mission accomplished!
Jump forward to 2002 where Julie, Mr. Verducci and I were sole owners of Nistevo/Atom Wheels/Luigino Racing, Pilot, Atom Gear, Bionic among other brands under the Nistevo Sport Mfg umbrella. We set out in 2012 to enter the quad boot & skate segment of roller skating. We had aspirations of designing and producing premium products at an unprecedented value for both the inline and quad markets. However, we fell short in 2015 due to an unfortunate partnership calamity that forced us to walk away from our own company. The unfortunate situation has caused relentless hardship. However, there is one thing no one can take away, our pride and passion for the business and sport of roller skating.
Our mission remains the same, to produce premium products for both roller and inline at an unprecedented value. In addition, we are focused on inline products that accommodate all ages and skill levels with special attention to youth.
Immediately following the biggest setback of our lives, June 2015, MOTA was born (hence Atom backwards). We have been digging deep remembering life lessons along the way. Nearly my whole life I was told by mentors: when you’re down – get up, when you are tired others are exhausted, the clock is always running, there are no timeouts, and my favorite, NEVER underestimate the heart of an elite athlete.
We intend to impact the skating community by providing quality, comfortable performance skate products that allow everyone to enjoy inline & quad roller skating.
Four years later we have successfully brought to market a line of premium quad boots and skates. We continue our tradition and focus first and foremost on boot design and development. That is how we started in 97 and it’s what we continue to do best. Our devotion to boot development has changed the way quad boots are designed and manufactured forever.
These next few years will bring us back full circle where we left off in 2012. We continue to design and improve premium boots; however, our mission has expanded to include the growth of speed skating through products that all skaters can enjoy regardless of gender, age or level.
Closing the gap best describes our mission. Offering skates that will assist any skater from rink-rat, social skater to a jam, dance or competitive speed skater. Julie and I both grew up with hard-working middle-class families. Both joined speed skating wearing the same skates we used as rink-rats. The gap between low-end skates and premium skates has grown substantially since the 90’s. It’s our mission to help close that gap.