Skate Rising Celebrating International Day of Service – July 14, 2018

Skate Rising celebrated International Day of Service on July 14, 2018 around the world.  In addition to the monthly Encinitas, California event held the second Saturday of each month,

photos from Gavin Silberman

there were events in Eugene, Oregon

photos from Neal Mims

Mesa, Arizona

video from @nataliekrishnadas

Sarasota, Florida

photos from @thekelsays  

Sydney, Australia

video from @harrycheninblack

and Toronto, Canada

photos from Impact Skate Club

Skate Rising brought girls around the globe together to have fun skateboarding and give back to their community.

Each event offered girls an opportunity to assemble homeless supply kits,

pledge to kindness,

and skateboard with friends new & old.

The Eugene, Oregon stop was the final stop in the Skate Rising Feed the Need Tour presented by Tactics.

For recap on stops along the California coast leading up to Eugene click.

In addition to supporting Feed the Need on

July 14th, Tactics Eugene donated 10% off all sales to the River House’s Skateboard Program. Yup, 10% of every deck, t-shirt, hat or anything else you could think of is going straight to helping kids learn how to skateboard!

A huge thank you to them and all the people/organizations who are of service on July 14th and every day.

I love volunteering at Skate Rising because for me it’s a way to pay it forward for what I’ve been given.  I still learn so much on and off the board from Neal Mims and Calli Kelsay, plus I’m thankful for Amelia Brodka and Lesli Cohen for founding EXPOSURE Skate which started all these events.

Here’s just some of the thoughts on Skate Rising from attendees.

Above from Sarasota, Florida:  Olivia says

Had a fun day serving the community @skaterising love skating with @_kennzzzz_ 💕👍

Above from Toronto, Canada:  Tamera says

Awesome morning with @impactskateclub & @skaterising in support of @kennedyhouseyouthshelter. Best people. The #twinjas loved it.

The girls learned & grew a lot. xox

also from Toronto A Positive Seed says

We had a great time in Toronto supporting @impactskateclub and @skaterising for their international day of service where we set up kits for the homeless and had an awesome girls skate clinic! Thanks for having us be a part!

also from Toronto Healthy Pantry Staples says

Wow! What a great day at Toronto’s Skate Rising International Day of Service! It was a privilege to henna the arms of some pretty awesome girls as they learned the value of community service.

Above from the Mona Vale Skate Park in Australia:  Chix Surf School says

What an amazing day, thanks so much @skaterising for having us and thank you to all the amazing young girls who are pathing the way for change. A truly inspiration day and we are so stoked to be a part of this amazing chix community.
Keep shredding girls

And above from Eugene, Oregon:  EXPOSURE Skate says

Grandma brought her 3 grandkids to learn to skate but by the end of the day, she found herself falling in love with skateboarding at age 60. She even won this longboard! Thank you, @stompsessions and @nealmimsfor your help with the clinics !

You are always the right age to have fun skateboarding and to make a positive contribution to your community.

More girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating, receive encouragement, and have events like this – so I hope you share your stories of having fun skateboarding with the blog soon.

To find out more about Skate Rising, EXPOSURE Skate’s youth program, follow them on IG or contact the founder/organizer, Calli Kelsay at

Skate Rising Feed the Need Tour 2018 Highlights from California Stops

I was lucky enough to volunteer at the Skate Rising California West Coast skatepark tour stops for Feed the Need 2018 Tour

The Skate Rising “Feed the Need 2018 Tour” brought to you by @tactics gave girls in five cities the opportunity to understand needs in their community, commit to kindness (anti-bullying message), build a goal of 1,000 supply kits for the homeless and take part in skate clinics run by @stompsessions

Traveling from Encinitas, California we headed north to Sky Park in Scotts Valley, California.

The girls heard about the mission, participated in skate clinics

and assembled over 100 kits.

The next stop was Sutter’s Landing in Sacramento. There was an amazing turn out

thanks to the local support of Good Morning Sacramento who shared our event.

click above for interview

After the skate clinics and kit building, assembled kits were passed out to the homeless.

The next stop was Hill Top Skatepark in San Francisco for some “pancakes”.

Then it was Napa time.

For the entire scoop on Napa check out Howard Yune’s coverage by clicking below.

The trip wore me out and pushed me outside my comfort zone, literally I’ve learned I need to drink lots and lots of water because the Northern California stops were much hotter than my usual parks, but I am so glad for the experience.

I loved meeting all the people along the way and being a part of making a positive difference.  I’m excited for Saturday July 14th.

I won’t be at the Eugene stop, instead I’ll be at the Encinitas event.

Plus there are other events, so I hope you can make one of them.

These events truly show that girls skateboarding is a global activity and that everywhere around the world you can make the choice to be kind and be a part of your community.

KAABOO Del Mar 2018 – coming up quick

KAABOO will return to Del Mar, California on September 14th.  Three days of heaven with endless choices of music, art, comedy, and  indulgences.

As someone out on the road, literally I’m in an RV traveling to skate parks up the California coast with Feed the Need 2018, September 14th cannot come quick enough!

Many festivals are like being on a road trip – roughing it.  But KAABOO is different.  I’ve attended for the past three years and each year it’s bigger, better, and more posh.  KAABOO has an Indulgence Section where you can be pampered.

Everything about KAABOO is amazing – yes even the bathrooms with flushing toilets.  You can take running water for granted at KAABOO and you can be sure you’ll be amazed.

This years music line up

So much to be excited for, who are you most excited to see?  I’m going to say Cake.  Yes there are many days when I wear a short skirt, long jacket and have nails shining of justice – so I’m biased.

September 14 – 16th are definitely three days I want to be waking up early and staying up late and if you’re anywhere near Del Mar (make the travel plans now) I hope you join me.

Tickets available now.  To see my past recap posts just click 2017 and 2016 plus you can follow the tags to see interviews with past artists who’ve participated in KAABOO.

As I’ve written posts and attended the events, I’ve found that KAABOO does an amazing job of promoting female artists.  In addition to musicians, KAABOO provides a canvas for so many talented artists.  My favorites are the mural and installations.  I’m super excited that Carly Ealey will be back and that everyone can see her work from last year in addition to her new creations.

KAABOO is magical from what you experience, what you remember and what they leave behind.

Volunteers Refurbish the Shark for Waterdown Ribfest Skatejam

In preparation for the 5th annual Waterdown Ribfest Skatejam the Rotary Club donated funds and community volunteers donated their time to refurbish the shark.

Above the shark was a work in progress.  His dental work was complete by the event on July 1st where skaters of all ages and genders were encouraged to come out and compete.

Thanks to @shesk8scanada for sharing this.   Their goal is to

create a gender/age balance in the wonderful world of skateboarding

They welcome everyone to join.

Kindness grows exponentially!  They are sharing kindness by sharing their love of skateboarding in Canada.  Where are you sharing?

Be sure to check out @shesk8scanada and @waterdownribfestskatejam to see more.

This year we had three times the entrants in the women’s division. All the girls stepped it up from last year showing that women’s skateboarding is stronger than ever and not going anywhere.     –  @waterdownribfestskatejam


No Comply Coven – A coven of skate gurls using their powers for good around Joburg

Above No Comply Coven at a Sunday session which they now hold monthly @theskateemporium from 19:00 – 22:00.  All levels welcome just follow @nocomplycoven to find out details and dates.

Below a video from a past Sunday workshop.

@muhahalicia has added dropping in and pumping to her skillset while @dangermouse_liz has taken her kickturns to new heights! Our legs are sore but happy and more skilled 🖤🖤 Thanks to @kelly_murray0 for the rad lessons. What a boss!
Thanks for the pics @sharne_j we can’t wait for your foot to be healed up so you can shred again.

I love how No Comply Coven uses their powers for good.  We all have a daily (secondly) choice on how to use our powers.  When we choose to encourage others and share kindness, we all win.

Where & how are you using your powers to promote girls skateboarding?


Girls Week with Skate Rising at Woodward West Recap

Last week was the largest Girls Rule Week at Woodward West, to date!

I was privileged to be a part of the camaraderie at Woodward West from June 24 – 30th 2018.

All the girls who actively participated saw their skills flourish both on and off the skateboard.

As we heard from guest speaker Nina Buitrago, BMX pro, we all start as beginners.

Being willing to begin is a huge accomplishment because it means we are pushing through our fear.  We learned so many ways to push through our fears including making Growth Journals, which is a safe place for us to write about our goals and the progress we make towards them.

Falling in skateboarding and life are inevitable, so learning how to learn from mistakes and having tools to keep us motivated and focused are keys to success.

To show our focus and what’s important to us we made vision boards.

To share our love of skateboarding we joined Skate Rising in a Learn to Skate Clinic for all campers.  Helping others learn to skate is just one way we spread kindness, which is a pledge we made at the beginning of the week and a pledge we keep making daily.

Moving forward we will always have the memories of camp, plus we were introduced to programs like Feed the Need which will allow us to continue contributing to the community while having fun skateboarding.

When we accept ourselves & others, failures & imperfections included, we are able to focus on what really matters:  having fun skateboarding & making the world a kinder place.  Girls really do rule when it’s sisterhood before competition which is what Girls Week with Skate Rising at Woodward West was all about.

click the girlsweek2018 tag below to see all the posts