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Who We Are

Chris is the brawn of the operation and the one you’ll see helping kids to drop in. He’s our ideas man, with a huge passion for skateboarding, which started at age 10 and hasn’t stopped since.  He is a carded HPSNZ coach and was the President of Skateboarding NZ, a role that is focused on improving all aspects of skateboarding in NZ and getting NZ talent into the Olympics. 

Chris is a wizard on a mini ramp and enjoys a good bowl/vert session. If you yell “do a kickflip” at him, he’ll be successful 4/10 times but loves every minute of it.

After traveling the world for 3 years, he’s probably been to any skatepark you could name. It’s a fun game we play so next time you see him test it out. 

During the day, you can find Chris working as Wanaka’s computer IT man, owner of Deft IT. 

Some (his partner Anna) would describe him as extremely patient when it comes to teaching skateboarding. He managed to teach her so that's saying something. His friends would say he’s the session hype guy, unless of course, his back hurts, but luckily Anna is an Osteopath so she sorts him out.

Anna is the brains of the operation. No stranger to getting sh*t done, keeping the wheels lubed and the grip tape grippy. She’s the one organising your lessons and posting bad jokes on the socials. You really should follow us JUST for her content alone. 

During the day, Anna works as an Osteopath/Western Medical Acupuncturist. She has supported the New Zealand National Skateboard Team on national & international trips. Thanks to Chris, she has been to some of the best skateparks in the world... and not skated at all.  

When asked if she skates, Chris will respond “Yes!” and Anna will respond “God no”.  Despite this, it’s a daily topic in their household. 

Anna grew up racing motocross and riding horses, so working in a mild sport like skateboarding has been a breeze.

Chris and Anna have a lil grom Dellow, and a fresh baby Romy and live in Wānaka.


Based in Wanaka, Rad primarily hold their lessons at Northlake in Wanaka.This little DIY skate plaza has been built by the skateboard community and Rad. We run lessons in Cromwell, Arrowtown, Hāwea and Queenstown when we can.

We travel throughout Central Otago in the summer delivering our Drop-In sessions, have run sessions in Oamaru, Dunedin, Lawrence, Roxburgh, Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Hāwea and Wānaka, we are always looking to find new places to go. Drop us a line if you want us in your town!

About Rad


With a team of coaches, Rad is here to support everyone from those who are new to skateboarding through to those looking to develop their high-performance skills.  

We have free drop-in sessions over summer, so make sure to follow @radskateschool to keep up with where the next session will be held. 

Registration for group sessions opens in September & January!

We also provide private one-on-one lessons if that is more what you’re after! 

Looking for a totally RAD birthday party idea that’s way more enjoyable than the same ole boring ideas? We are stoked to provide the solution. We have boards, helmets, ramps can come to you! We know the kids (AND adults) will love this party.