Skate Rising for Vivian

Skate Rising, EXPOSURE Skate’s youth program for girls, meets at the Encinitas Skate Plaza the second Saturday of every month. The girls meet up to learn, be of service, and skate.

This past Saturday, December 9th was extra special because it was dedicated to showing Skate Rising participant Vivian Gomez that she is not fighting pediatric cancer alone!

Vivian is 10 years old, her favorite color is purple and she loves leis. So it was rad to see so many in the community come out wearing their purple, putting on a lei and showing Vivian she’s not alone as she fights DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer.

Before the skateboarding started, everyone heard from Dr. Tyler Seibert, a UCSD Oncologist on how simple acts of kindness can bring joy.  Kindness then abounded as eleven of the bravest girls I’ve even seen cut their hair for @locksofloveofficial.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

These are just a few of the girls and stylists from the Kelly Cardenas Salon who participated at the event.

The girls then made 70 activity kits for pediatric patients going through radiation treatment.

photo above @mmoorephotos

Everyone took time to sign Vivian’s card, which she received with a goody basket that included the hand knotted blanket below and an exquisite helmet from My Grey Matterz who participates at every Skate Rising by running the loaner equipment & educating everyone on how to protect your brain.

Then it was time to skateboard.  Neal Mims who’s always so kind to organize the Learn to Skate portion of the program lead the train!

How truly beautiful to see all the purple & leis cruising the plaza.

I always love to see handholding & support on & off the board.

photo above @jessicaannsepulveda

The support for Vivian’s Go Fund Me was truly amazing.

Above pro skateboarder Jono Schwan had to work hard to keep up with how generous people were.  Those who donated at the event got to pick either a free ice cream coin from Handles Ice Cream in Encinitas or a pair of Stance Socks.

The event ended with a raffle, which included 2 Grind for Life Skate Decks, an Autonomy deck, and a complete from 180 Skate.

Plus all the girls who participated received a 180 Skate Pink Tee.

If you weren’t able to make it, you can still support Vivian.

Vivian with pro skateboarder Andy MacDonald & Chris from GFL

You can support Vivian by making a #videosforvivian

We invite YOU to join us in putting many smiles on her face. . . take 30 seconds out of your day to wear the color purple if you have it (her favorite color) post a sweet message for Vivian and challenge three people to do the same.
Use the hashtag #VIDEOSFORVIVIAN
Watch this video to learn more!


and/or donating to her Go Fund Me.

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) has no known cure at this time, but I believe that all things are possible when we work together. Thank you to all you participated and will participate.

To find out more about Skate Rising contact the organizer Calli Kelsay at

You can check out Skate Rising Encinitas the second Saturday of the month at the Encinitas Skate Plaza or if you’re in the Phoenix area you can check out Skate Rising Phoenix.

Skate Rising Phoenix’s Video For Vivian

unless noted photos: Gavin Silberman

All Shannon Wants to Do

Shannon shares this picture with the caption

All I wanna do is Skate!!

It’s so true, the feeling skateboarding can give you is something you just want more of.

Shannon’s been skateboarding for about a year and a half and is building up her courage to do more drop ins.  What are you working on and how are you having fun?  When you share, you inspire more girls to go for it!

Shannon’s an artist on & off the skateboard.  You can check out her wearable art at her Etsy Store – SplitRiverClothing.  And you can check out Oregon Art Supply Employee Show ‘At Shift’s End’ to see some of her pieces.  The one below is 1 of 6 that will be there!

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board by always following your passions & encouraging others to do the same.





Take the Risk & Drop In

There aren’t many sure things in life.  So when you have the opportunity to have fun – take it.

Love this video & caption

Dropped in & didn’t smash my face!

from @racilong!  If you never try, you’ll never know – so take the risk and try.

Sometimes you can catch @racilong skating with her girls at the London House of Vans.

Where are you having fun skateboarding?  When you share your victories, struggles, and fun you encourage more girls to take the risk and have fun skateboarding.

Catching Up with Ava & her Skatergirl Friends

I’ve had the pleasure to blog about Ava before.  One of the posts was a 2016 piece on FISE in Edmonton – Canada where she was the only girl who registered.  Cheered on by her 2 friends she went on to skateboard with the boys.

This year the girls were back!

click above for video

I love to see how much fun she has skateboarding and how she encourages other girls to skateboard. I’m happy to say she won 1st in Women’s this year.

I’m also thrilled at how she’s able to get the message out that

Girls Can Skate

Whether she’s at the local park

or on the slope

she inspires you to shred for fun!  Hope you check her and her sponsor SheShreds out because more girls skateboard and follow all their passions when they see girls having fun & supporting each other.

To find out more about FISE 2017 Edmonton click below:

Mac Duggal 2018 Prom Dress Collection Ready for On & Off the Skateboard

I’m a long time Mac Duggal fan.  The most beautiful dress I’ve ever had was my Mac Duggal homecoming dress that I took on a skateboarding tour, wore to Winter Formal, and then donated to Princess Project.

Mac Duggal is back with more beautiful dresses.  Below is a link to their Prom 2018 video which is just the beginning because there’s hundreds of prom dresses on their site.

When you visit their site you’ll see prom dresses for everyone – all sizes & styles.

One of the things that makes prom magical is the dress. Saying yes to the dress is not just for brides!  Whatever you’re looking for – dark, bright, pastel, sparkly, two piece, mermaid, fitted, flared and more is on their site.

Plus it’s the perfect place to go if you don’t know what you want because it will give you a million possibilities.  There’s even options for  jumpsuits & rompers – which until I went to the site I never would have considered & now I’m in love.

If you prefer short dresses you can check out After 5.

Not sure if you’re going to prom?  Well you can be sure of the dress. I’m a firm believer that if you have the dress you can find an opportunity to wear it.  Prom dresses to me are holiday dresses so now is the time to wear yours!

I just found out my Winter Formal will be at the San Diego Zoo – so it’s time for me to make a choice.  Where will you wear your prom dress?  Hope you have a chance to skate in it – skateboarding or roller skating – I hope you share your pictures soon.  More girls do skate when they see girls having fun skating and that you can stay true to your style.

till then keep it stylish on & off the board

Why Funda Loves Skateboarding

When I asked Funda @sphyrnamokkaran  why she has fun skateboarding she replied:

Skating is about balance and discovering what your body can do. That’s why I love it!

She’s in the U.K. and I love her skate style and her sense of humor.

Wherever I go my board follows me, I trained it well.  📸:@longboardlewis

Her board doesn’t just follow her in London.  Above it followed her to Caddebostan Sahil – Bisiklet Yolu.  I had to look up where that it – it’s in Turkey.

Why do you like to skate and where are you having fun skateboarding?  When you share you inspire more girls all around the world to skate for fun.



Missing Skateboarding Season

Fall and winter are wonderful times of the year.  But sometimes they can be sad for those who want to skateboard outside and the weather just says no!

Above Huong is enjoying the good weather with the caption

Already missing this ! Can’t wait for next season 👾👾 📷: Dyouper

Below she enjoyed the summer in Paris (photo @benoitsaid).

Where were you able to have fun skateboarding this year?

Hope you share like Huong did and that the weather soon lets you skate again.

Shauna from Wisdom Skateboarding Team

Wisdom Skateboards has been creating skateboards since 2007.  They are headquartered in Florida and built on a mission of sharing a message of peace, faith and respect.

Above a deck from the Good Things V Series which is based on Psalm 107:8-9.

A portion of the proceeds from every deck sold goes to support the mission of a like-minded group or organization of which the graphic was created to support.

In addition to giving back through their decks, Wisdom has a team of skaters who give back in the community.  This post is about Shauna.

When did you start skating & why?

Shauna:  I started skating in 2002. It all started when my mom saw a flyer for skateboard lessons and thought it sounded like something I would like. Honestly my teacher Jeff Meagher was the best and I don’t think I would have stuck with it without him.

   Where’s your favorite place(s) to skate?

Shauna:  Pretty much anywhere that has a nice bowl/pool.

   Why do you like to skate?

Shauna:  I like to skate because it’s fun! You can skate so many different ways and be creative. It’s not like other sports were someone tells you what to do, you get to skate with your own style.

@shaunabregs with @makennya & @dominique

   Why do you think it’s good for girls to skate?

Shauna:  I think it is good for girl to skate because it’s fun! I think skateboarding provides a way for girls to get outside of what culture says about them and explore a passion. Skateboarding also teaches you how to not give up and I think that is a good lesson for everyone.

How did you start skating for Wisdom & what’s special about that?

Shauna:  I met Dave (the founder of Wisdom) at the Florida Bowl Riders contest back in 2009. I had scripture written on my board and he started talking with me about it. After talking for while we figured out that we were both very passionate about being different than the norm of skate culture.

Wisdom is special to me because it allows me to share my faith in Jesus and be a positive influence to those around me. Dave always looks to help us make a difference in anyway he can, that is really rare in a skate brand.

Are there any girls you skate with that you’d like to shout out?

Shauna:  Yeah for sure!

Brtitni McCann a fellow team rider

Jocelyn Giammarino

Melissa Caughey

Nicole Hawkins

and all the girls at New England’s Female Skateboarding, they all kill it!

Thank you so much for sharing Shauna.  I love that you are able to have fun skateboarding while sharing your other passions.

To find out more about Wisdom Skateboards – check out their webpage and follow them on IG @wisdomsb.

And be sure to check out all the skater girls mentioned in this post.  More girls skate when they see girls having fun skating and get encouragement & each of these skater girls is all about sharing the fun & encouragement!

Onzie: Style, Savings & Support of St. Joseph’s Center

Once again Onzie is supporting St. Joseph’s Center.

Onzie is a female owned and operated business headquartered in Venice Beach California.  99% of their sewing, cutting, and dyeing happen in LA!

St. Joseph’s Center is a Venice Beach charity that’s been helping the homeless for over 40 years by helping with housing, job placement and food.

All of Onzie’s designs are ready for anything – literally they are ready for saltwater, chlorine, and heavy sweat environments.  Above I’m skateboarding in my black bell bottoms which move effortlessly on the board and off the board to school, work, or anywhere else you go.

Now is the perfect time to check them out for yourself or for a friend as a holiday gift.  Use the code below and you’ll get savings while helping St. Joseph.

Oh and new this year, there’s Onzie for youth!

Onzie also has a men’s line and is available worldwide.

Traffic is NO Problem

Motorcycles aren’t the only ones who can get through a traffic jam.

Tess shows us what she does when stuck in traffic.

Above she was passing the traffic in Switzerland – Gotthard Road Tunnel.

Tess is a student who loves road trips, action sports & the outdoors – which work together to beat traffic.

How are you having fun skateboarding & how does it help you with life’s problems?

More girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skateboarding so I hope you share soon.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone like Tess who’s shared to inspire others!