What’s New With Skate Rising Phoenix

Skate Rising, EXPOSURE Skate’s youth program, started in the San Diego California area and then expanded to Phoenix Arizona.  Starting with the February 17, 2018 event Phoenix Skate Rising will be at KTR Mesa.

Skate Rising is a a free opportunity for girls ages 4 – 18 to join together to skateboard and learn about how they can contribute to the community.

At the upcoming 2/17 event there will be a lesson and activity focused on kindness presented by Calli Kelsey and Stacy Lovell  Perfect timing because this is Random Act of Kindness Week.

Plus there will be a skate clinic for girls of all levels and abilities run by Natalie Krishna Das Ellig, Skate True and Las ChicAZ with available rental gear because everyone who wants to try skateboarding is encouraged to!

Snacks will be provided by Postino Wine Cafe and the event will end with a raffle full of fun prizes including a free week of camp at Woodward West! Super exciting because Girls Week is coming up fast.

Stacy Lovell is the new Skate Rising Phoenix organizer and this is what she had to share about why she’s excited to be involved.

My daughter, Mia, began skating when she was 5. She is excelling in the sport, having recently won 2nd place in 14 and under Am division at EXPOSURE, the largest all female skate comp in the world. As a part of EXPOSURE and being in the skating community, I met Calli and we became close friends. She exposed me to Skate Rising and the great things they are accomplishing. I am proud to be exposing many new girls to the sport of skating, and to the positivity of Skate Rising. 

Skate Rising events are all about inspiring and empowering girls of all ages to come out, try something new, make some new friends, and experience an amazing group of loving, supportive people!   For the February 17th event, we are doing a talk about kindness matters and making kindness cards and planting seeds. We will also be making kits for the homeless.
As the point person for Skate Rising Phoenix. I can be reached at stacylovell@hotmail.com

More girls do skateboard when they see girls skateboarding, so I’m super excited for everything that Skate Rising is doing, the dedication of volunteers like Stacy, and for the support they receive from sponsors like KTR (Kids that Rip) and Skate True.

When I asked KTR why they were willing to host the month events, Jane said:

Skate boarding is very important to KTR Mesa as we have had some great skaters involved at KTR . Jagger, Jett and Koston Eaton along with Alana Smith to name a few. Skateboarding is a great activity for all kids and we love the goals that Skate Rising has for girls who love to skate board.

We have a pre-school morning program that includes skateboarding and we are so excited for all of the little girls that are getting out there and trying this great activity. We have also started a Friday girls skate boarding class to encourage more girls to try skateboarding.

Encouraging kids to try new things, meet new friends and focus on doing great things for their community is something we love to be involved with and are excited to have Skate Rising at KTR Mesa.

At the events, Skate True will be helping with the skate clinics and then after offering skatepark tours. Stacy told me that Mia loves Skate True tours which provide 4 hour sessions to 2 different parks out of a 35 parks in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The kids are encouraged to skate true to themselves and skate anyway they want during the session receiving personalized tips and training along the way.

All this makes me want to visit Phoenix!  Girls are skateboarding around the world and with such wonderful support the future looks bright in deed.

For more on Skate Rising click below and to find out how you can get involved contact Calli at calli@exposureskate.org

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board and if you have a story to share about how skateboarding is fun for you, how you’re encouraging others to skateboard, or who’s encouraging you to be your best self on & off the board – please share!  Kindness grows & it grows faster the more we read and talk about it.  Happy Random Act of Kindness Week.



Skate Rising in Encinitas a February 2018 Act of Kindness

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Skate Rising was back for another fun monthly event at the Encinitas Skate Plaza. This month the girls focused on getting out of their comfort zones and spreading kindness. The morning started off with Tracie Garacochea.

She’s an extreme athlete, who encourages everyone to go for it. She shared her inspiration through the story of how the Cookie Crumbles.

It really is up to each of us to look for the positive and to stay positive.

When we radiate positivity, that’s an act of kindness. In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week, the girls heard more about the connection between leaving your comfort zone and kindness because once you leave your comfort zone you’re able to share kindness with more people.

For instance, I shared my experience of finding a lost dog and going through the process of taking him home. The idea of finding a dog’s home terrified me – where would I go (he didn’t have a tag), who would I have to talk to (the police, animal control, ?), plus if successful I’d have to give up the dog (who I fell in love with). When I faced the fears and had his chip read, I found his home and I saw how my simple act made a family so happy. The act of being kind to the dog grew to being kind to an entire family.

To further illustrate how kindness can grow, Bridget founder of Yoga for Skateboarders led the girls in a planting activity. Just like a plant grows when attention is paid to it, kindness grows when we pay attention to it.

Plus the girls received a Random Act of Kindness Card. The card is an invitation to each girl to pay it forward in her own special way and then post a picture to Instagram tagged with #RAKweek2018 #skaterising #exposureskate. The girls will be able to watch their plant grow and see the pictures/stories of how kindness has grown because of them.

Finally, the girls showed kindness through all the supplies they brought to make kits for the homeless.

After the kits were made, it was time to skate!

In addition to free skate with all their friends, the girls had an opportunity to learn from the volunteers including Neil Mims.

My positive memories of learning to skateboard with Neal inspired me to volunteer.

What’s amazing is that once a girl is helped she goes and helps others – kindness growing right in front of our eyes at every Skate Rising.

The morning ended with a raffle and a donation from Woodward West. If you haven’t heard Skate Rising, which is EXPOSURE Skate’s Youth Program, is teaming up with Woodward West for this summer’s Girls Week.  In appreciation for all the girls already signed up Woodward West made a donation.

It will be a fabulous week to improve skate skills and build friendships.

There’s still time to sign up for Girls Week and the 2nd Saturday of the month is always the time to meet up with Skate Rising in Encinitas.

Or if you’re in the Phoenix, Arizona area check out Skate Rising Phoenix on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

To find out more about Skate Rising including how to be a volunteer or sponsor contact the founder/organizer Calli Kelsay at calli@exposureskate.org.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board by being kind to everyone you meet.



Ella Skateboarding in Jerusalem

More and more girls are skateboarding all around the world.  Above Ella is skateboarding in Jerusalem.

She took the time to share because she and her family know that more girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating.  I hope you share soon too.

This week Random Acts of Kindness Week (and every other week) make it your mission to share something.  Whether it’s a smile, a kind word, or showing someone what’s possible – whatever action you take to make the world happier is an action that grows.

Be sure to check out Ella and her skating friends @j.s.g_jerusalemskatergirls 

Families supporting each other, girls supporting girls in skateboarding – all acts of kindness that make the world a better place.

Sharing a Hug is Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness should occur everyday.  I believe they do and that more RAKs happen when their stories are shared and people see that kindness is not hard, it is as simple as a smile or giving someone a hug.

A hug takes seconds and can wipe away the pain of self-doubt, loneliness, and so much more. Hugs help the huggee and the hugger because love, kindness, peace, it all grows exponentially when shared.

To find out more about #RAKWEEK2018 check out Random Act of Kindness Org.  And if you have stories of how you shared kindness through skateboarding, please share them with me.  The more people who hear your story, the more people who are inspired to also be kind (and yes to skateboard).

Another organization that’s reminding others to “give a hug” is Art Revolution Foundation.

Art Revolution is an organization promoting art for happiness, health and education.

Art Revolution was founded by Nathan Sawaya, a world-renown artist, whose art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® bricks.

Yes, I said art out of “toys”.  On January 21, 2018 (National Hugging Day) over 100 of his HUGMAN sculptures were placed around Los Angeles, California.

HUGMAN started before this year, click above to see just some of the places a HUGMAN has been spotted. I find this wonderful because sometimes all you need is a reminder of what’s important – a hug. Is it possible that you see a HUGMAN and he inspires you to hug someone?  I think yes!!!

The figures in the 2018 LA installation were customized by notable artists and pop culture influencers, including Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder and philanthropist.

Above the Tony Hawk HUGMAN which with all the other LA pieces are available through auction through February 14, 2018.  The money raised will benefit in school art programs.

You can also vote for HUGMAN to be an official LEGO set by clicking below.

Hugs can make the difference, so I hope the reminder that RAK week is this week and seeing the HUGMAN inspires you to go out there and give as many hugs as you can.

Hugs are stylish on and off the board.

XOXO Skatingfashionista

When Moms Encourage Their Daughters to Skateboard

Encouragement in any endeavor is helpful. Seeing girls skateboard and receiving encouragement are in my mind two of the biggest reasons why girls skateboard and stick with it.

Katy is such an encouraging mom, she allows practicing in the house!

You go Katy!  There’s never a wrong time or place to skateboard – it’s not a crime – it’s exercise, art, sport and fun. To me the hardest time was just starting, so why not start somewhere safe like your home.

Where are you skateboarding and who’s encouraging you?  I hope you share soon because skateboarding is meant to be shared.

Jessica Skateboarding Where & When She Has a Chance

Jessica aka @jbabsx practicing in the backyard.  One of the great things about skateboarding is that if you have your board, a few minutes and a little space, you can have fun.

Jessica spent Christmas skateboarding – how did you celebrate your holidays?

As I just started a new school semester, I want to think about holidays and having time to skate all day, so I hope you share soon.

More girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating.  It’s never the wrong time to start or go back to skateboarding. Life can get in the way – you just need to make time for the things that bring you happiness.  And skateboarding is exercise – the one good thing about this semester is I’ll be doing a school fitness project on skateboarding!




Skater Girl in Stop Motion

Seeing is believing, that’s why more girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating.  Click above to see @j.wst stop motion video of Leah aka @skater._.leah.

Skateboarding is sport and art, so I absolutely love seeing skater girls represented in art.

Above a picture and below a video of Leah on her backyard ramp.

Where do you have fun skateboarding?

Hope you share soon because by taking the time to share you’re inspiring other girls to give skateboarding a try.

Be sure to check out Leah to see all the fun that’s going on in her backyard – the creativity and #girlpower is amazing.

Vanessa Balanced On and Off Her Skateboard

Above a video from Vanessa @asanavanessa she’s a Toronto yogini, so the weather doesn’t always cooperate with skateboarding.  However, when it does – what a view she has.

Skateboarding is all about balance so to me it’s rolling yoga.  Vanessa always looks so graceful.

In addition to inspiring you with poses and challenges, she shares amazing tips.

That overwhelming feeling when you know you’re doing all the right things, and the future is looking bright.. and then it sinks in.
The doubt. The fear. It all comes rushing back.

On days where the feelings are too much, I push it away and tell myself “you are strong, you are supported, and you are loved” 🌟 Self doubt is a major downer, but when I find that little bit of confidence and that little push again, I take it and run with it! It powers me and fuels the energy I need to make it through these days.

So find a mantra that works for you when you’re down – even if everything is actually going right. It’s ok to feel sadness. Just don’t let it over take you, and embrace your power.

Vanessa is right, we all have doubt. It’s important to hear reminders that it’s normal and that it doesn’t have to stop us.  There’s plenty of times I have to tell myself “I can!”  So tell yourself you can and you’ll be on your way to making it happen on and off the skateboard.

How are you keeping it stylish on & off the board and where are you having skating adventures?  Hope you share soon because more girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating and how the balance you learn from your board goes with you through life.



@skatemamis is a

Skateboarding movement created to inspire more girls in the 🌎to practice skateboarding| Latinas|pompiaera!🌀goodvibes only| Made in PR🇵🇷🌴

I love to hear about movements like this. I also love when people find the fun in practice.  Getting good at anything takes practice and enjoying it makes it easier to keep going.

Hope you check them out soon on IG.

Ciales, Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria 

More girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating and encouraging each other, so please take the time to share your pictures and stories.