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Skate and surf clinics, contests and tours are also organized by Poseiden to reach youth within their own communities. Though we are more extreme sports oriented we are now outreaching to other activites within the North County area such as: partenering up with envirnmental clubs to teach the youth about becoming aware of thier surrounding and how they too effect our eco-systems with everything they do.
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Posted: March 15th, 2014
3rd Annual Poseiden Foundation Share the Love and
Empowerment Oahu Tour 2014
Written By: Alisha Nicole Betcke
“AMAZING” was the definitely the most popular word used to describe the all-day skateboarding event with the Poseiden Foundation celebrating the dreams and learning about the inspiring stories of the Kids Hurt Too family in Honolulu. Kids Hurt Too, a non-profit organization founded by Hiro Ito 15 years ago, has a mission to see every child from all backgrounds and situations in life, realize a dream they want to accomplish. Ito, originally from Japan, faced many hardships including living in an orphanage and the death of his mother. But he never gave up. He used his dream of becoming a professional baseball player to eventually move to Hawaii, become a surfer, and impact the lives of many local families in Honolulu. Most of the youth in the Kids Hurt Too family are affected by issues such as adoption, foster care, loss of a parent, and single parents who want a safe place for their children to express themselves.
The event was organized by the California based non-profit, the Poseiden Foundation, and it’s tireless group of professional athletes, journalists, and volunteers who share the mission of founder Micaela Ramirez, to encourage the youth to aspire towards their dreams, whatever they are, to always live with love in their hearts, and to remember that they have the ability to achieve “AMAZING” things! The Poseiden Foundation impacts hundreds of youth internationally by collaborating with professional athletes in skateboarding and surfing to share their personal dreams and accomplishments in the industry to encourage the youth to pursue their passions.
The group on this year’s 3rd annual Share the Love and Empowerment Oahu Tour, the Poseiden Foundation joined forced with some of the most legendary and influential skaters in women’s history, Elissa Steamer and Cara-Beth Burnside. Both women have competed and won championships at the X-Games while paving the way for women in skateboarding to follow their passions and do what they love. Burnside also competed in the Women’s Olympics for snowboarding. Marina Zawisza, videographer and surfer from Venezuela, also joined the team to document the tour’s events and to attend the screening of her movie 3 Killas and a Kiwi, which will be screening March 10, 2014 at the Women’s Pipeline Pro Opening Ceremony. Photo Journalist, local from the North Shore, and tour guide extraordinaire, Morgan Cowper joins the crew this year to help capture the most priceless moments of the youth realizing they have people who believe in them and want them to succeed and achieve great things.
One of the first “AMAZING” things happened right in the living room of generous sponsor, Angela Rabreau’s North Shore home, as over 45 product bags were stuffed with Vans shirts, hats, and Hoopla Skateboards stickers for the youth at Kids Hurt Too. The bags were given out at the A’Ala Skate Park in Honolulu as a wave of product and smiles spread out over the skate park. The kids and their families were overjoyed to sport their new gear, especially since so many of them had become better skateboarders with the help of Steamer, Burnside, Ramirez, and tons of helpful adults who all helped make sure pads were in place and helmets were buckled back at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Kukui Center before heading out to the skate park.
The kids learned how to go up and down ramps, try new tricks, and some like Kaissa, learned to ride for the first time with Ramirez helping her with her stance and encouraging her to keep trying!
Davi, an energetic young ripper from Brazil, who’s four other siblings have also apart of the organization since their father passed away in a big wave surfing accident, told us that Bob Burnquist is his favorite skater and that he inspires him to skate big ramps.
Gabriel, six years old, has only been skateboarding for a few months and his favorite part of the day was when Elissa Steamer helped him try his favorite trick, an Ollie. Possibly one of the coolest dressed young skaters was seven year old Christian who proudly rocked his dinosaur helmet and raced all over the park and the parking lot with Cara-Beth Burnside. He told us he wants to keep skateboarding so he can show the kids in his class big rails and tricks! “AMAZING!”
As everyone walked back to the Kukui Center for some shave ice and Sunchips while sharing the best parts of the event, there was a welcomed rainbow and talk from parents, kids, athletes, and volunteers about how “AMAZING” the dream of skateboarding is and how spectacular sharing the dream with the next generation is! Simply and “AMAZING” event.
A special MAHALO to our “AMAZING” Sponsors Vans, Black Box, Etnies, Element Eden, Satori Movement, Hoopla Skateboards, 187 Killer Pads, Psylo Graphics, Landyachtz Skateboards, Fallen, Zero, Mystery, Angela Rabreau, Discount Hawaii Car Rental, and to all of the tireless volunteers and supports of the Poseiden Foundation. You help us keep the dream alive and to continue to impact the youth through positive actions and the love of skateboarding.
Please check out and support the non-profit foundation Kids Hurt too by visiting their website www.grievingyouth.org and by liking their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kidshurttoo
*If you would like to support our mission to continue inspiring all youth to live their dreams and believe in themselves please DONATE NOW, Mahalo!!
Posted: February 27th, 2014
Thank you Evie Bee for Poseiden Foundation 3rd Annual Share the Love and Empowerment Oahu Tour 2014 Timeline and Poster.
Poseiden Foundation believes that each individual child, and adolescent has his or her own spectrum of abilities. Regardless of their socio-economic background, we as a community foster love and support. Poseiden Foundation teaches the youth that through perseverance, they can conquer any goal they choose to achieve.
This year Poseiden Foundation will be touring with female street skater and Gnarhunters owner, Elissa Steamer, Snowboard Olympian, Vert Skater and Hoopla Skateboards Co-Founder, Cara-Beth and Videographer, Documentary Producer of “3Killas and 1Kiwi” and Professional Surfer, Marina Zawisza.
During the Oahu tour, Poseiden foundation, will be speaking with youth at a Non-Profit called Kids Hurt Too. This particular organization works with youth that are suffering from grievance from a parents passing away, their being incarcerated, etc. Our next community stop will be at Wailua Elementary School, where we will spark a “We Believe in You” and “We can Accomplish Our Dreams” campaign. Our mission is to motivate the youth that through perseverance they can accomplish their goal and dreams.
Poseiden Foundation will be challenging our communities to look beyond their horizons, and become, “The Believer of Dreams.” We are asking the youth to create short-term goals and accomplish each goal before the end of 2014. Together we can move mountains, shape rivers and create a momentous positive change for our future.
We will be having “Meet n’ Greets” at local skate parks, where tour athletes will be interacting with the youth by either giving skate tips, Best Trick competitions, Game of S.K.A.T.E’s, and answering questions they may have about pursuing their dreams. One-on-one interaction is huge, and impacts the lives of children. During the tour, our mission will be to impact as many youth possible. Share dreams and goals, and lastly, create milestones that create ripple effects within the Hawaiian community.
Poseiden Foundation is also very honored to be part of the Pipeline Women’s Pro. Thanks to Betty Depolito, she has continued the traditional for many inspiring females and helping so many of them accomplish their dreams, through the world of surfing.
Posted: February 21st, 2014
By A. Selva Ari
Yoga Academy Trainer
Today the 14th of February, I had the opportunity to attend the fundraiser event hosted by Poseiden Foundation at Oceanside. I had never attended to a fundraiser before and the fact that my friend was asking for me to come, made me decide to drive 50 miles south to support her cause. When there is a good cause people gather to help, and when people set their hearts for this cause they multiply. I am glad that I drove and become a part of the event. It was during night in a lovely garden setting of the Hillstreet Café in Oceanside which has the frame of a vintage house. The pond, elevated stage, painted skateboards showcased for individuals to bid, dream box, good food, and alive music, all added to the welcoming smiles of the ones who set their hearts for the purpose. Normally, who cares what the brands are on the ruffle table for this is a fundraiser, right? You can clearly see, Poseiden foundation does. The items on the table were exciting and great. People were all happy One of the professional skate boarders was so excited to bid on a gift basket worth of $250.and get it for just $50. On top of the colorful night, you can see that the Founder and volunteers of the Poseiden Foundation is pouring their hearts for the meaningful and valuable cause. It was lovely to see the ones being touched by the works of the Poseiden Foundation being right there as well. Founder Micaela hugged each of them one by one and honored them with a certificate of remembrance. Among the speakers one of them was a young gentleman. He told that, after a gun shooting in Oceanside, he was the only survivor among his friends. He mentioned that he had been shot all through his body but he survived and there should be a reason for him surviving. He wants to be the greatest Lawyer of our time. Poseiden Foundation inspires the young population to make their dreams come true. An encouragement, a smiling face, a refuge of safe activity, creativity and being able to show who you are through the moves, freedom, and joy. All of these things can change a young ones life, can transform it. A sincere smile, speaking with the same language, is what it takes to transform the young community. Glad to meet you guys and for many more days to come.
Posted: February 20th, 2014
Ramp Building and games of SKATE
Written by: Alisha Betcke
Over 25 people came together today with their skateboards in one hand and a hammer in the other at the Unidad Deportiva in Rosarito, Mexico to build two new ramps for their skatepark.
Micaela Ramirez with San Diego based Poseiden Foundation and Daniela Ramirez of Skate Baja Crew organized the event along with host and lead builder, Oscar Soto. Soto is the owner of local Rosarito skate company Tragedy Skateboards.
The money used to buy materials for the two ramps came from a generous donation from Southern California University of Health Sciences.
Several youth including Edgar Rios, Jorge Mantano, Abraham Rodriguez and Daniel Llanos made the trip from neighboring Tijuana to help build and compete for prizes in the three games of S.K.A.T.E. on the rail, box, and flat land. They were also at the event the previous day at the Calle Verde Skate Park in Tijuana.
Armando Venegas, 20, from Tijuana won prizes from sponsors Element and Fallen for being that last skater standing on both the rail and flat land games of S.K.A.T.E. while Raul Tamayo, 18, from Tijuana took home product from Gravity Skateboards and Etnies after winning the box game.
The best part of the day’s event however, was watching the new ramp and box being tested out for the first time….a definite success for the skaters and the organizers of the event who continue to build the culture of skateboarding internationally while also constantly I spring the youth to always aspire towards their dreams!
A special thanks goes out to Rueben Torres with Skate Baja Crew for his continued hard work throughout both events as well as Carlos Ramirez, 15, and Alexis Pulito, 12, both from Rosarito for helping with several functions throughout the day.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
Camino Verde Skate Demo 2014
Written by: Alisha Nicole Betcke
There was a special feeling in the air today at the first ever skateboarding event at Camino Verde Skate Park in Tijuana, Mexico. A collection of passionate, community centered and skate affiliated organizations filled the streets with a memorable day of skateboarding, music, and youthful resonance.
Together- Vivamos la Calle, a local organization focused on celebrating the life and culture of Tijuana; Skate Baja, a statewide non-profit organization advocating the sport of skateboarding and the building of local skate parks; and Poseiden Foundation, an international non-profit organization whom encourages youth to pursue their passions and dreams through extreme sports- saw more than 100 youth and locals come together to show off their style and to support their community.
The afternoon kicked off with local sponsors such as Carlos Luelmo with Siniestro Skate Shop and Acaf Souverville with Crap Crew setting up tents for shade and providing free refreshments for the athletes at the park. The skate jam quickly filled up with a colorful and talented display of tricks ranging from athletes such as Alex Rios, 13 years old, to professional athletes like Vanessa Torres, pro women’s skater from the United States, who came to encourage the youth and help judge the Best Trick contest later in the afternoon.
The Camino Verde Skate Park was filled with skateboarders, families, and local vendors as the volunteer DJ’s played music throughout the day while the talented athletes showed onlookers not only their amazing talents, but also their overall love for the sport and appreciation for the skate park in their own backyard.
Professional interviews from Skate Baja and Poseiden Foundation gave locals like Jairo Jimenez Martinez, 19 years old, the opportunity to tell an international audience what the sport has done for him and the future that he expects to see with skateboarding as his vehicle.
Thanks to a long list of generous sponsors including Black Box Distributions, Element, Etnies, Hoopla, Pro Tech, and Meow Skateboards, a Best Trick contest rounded up the afternoon with the winners walking away with brand new skateboards, wheels, clothing, and tons of other gear. Francisco Javier Dario Salazar walked away with the title of Best Trick for his 360 Flip.
An extra special thanks goes out to Daniela Ramirez with the Skate Baja crew, Micaela Ramirez with Poseiden Foundation, and Julio Rodriguez with Entijuanarte for promoting and organizing the epic event today.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
El Camino HS Skate Club with Poseiden Foundation will be hosting various skate session for all youth to participate in. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or advance, there is always room for improvement and we welcome everyone with open arms. We are creating not only an environment where youth feel safe to learn and create, but understand the importance of keeping local skate parks clean. With our Campus Beautification Program, we build environmental values by having youth understand the importance of their impact in keeping their community clean.
Posted: February 16th, 2014
Fundraiser at Hill Street Café. We will held a Fundraiser at Hill Street Café this fundraiser that benefited Poseiden’s Youth Outreach programs both locally and globally. The local community joined together to meet and greet with local youth that have been inspiring others through their actions by campus beautification, hosting skateboarding events for their peers and helping spread the love through sharing their experiences. The youth that represented Libby Lake’s community spoke to the public about how they have been able to reach goals by helping their community for a brighter future.
Posted: January 26th, 2014
Each year Poseiden Foundation goes to Baja California to empower youth by collaborating with Skate Baja and Skate Ensenada. This year we will be heading South with professional skater Vanessa Torres and PF Baja California Ambassador Matt Condon. We will be going down to help the community through various activities such as interacting with youth, painting/building skate equipment, helping at the local community center.
Posted: December 18th, 2013
Poseiden youth director Isabelle Fried had a skate gathering at Pala Skate Park with high school students from El Camino Skate Club and Poseiden Foundation. This event helped to prepare the student skaters for the December Bowl, Pool and Street Pala competition by giving them time to practice in the park, as well as created an opportunity for students who have not been able to skate Pala prior to this event. Professional Athletes: Isabelle Fried, Jen O’Brien and Brad Edwards where judges at the event.
Posted: November 14th, 2013
Poseiden Foundation was the Fiscal Sponsor for Exposure: A Women’s Benefit
This event was to help EXPOSURE in an annual women’s skateboarding benefit event dedicated to providing female skaters an avenue to succeed while at the same time raising money for victims of domestic violence. Proceeds of EXPOSURE 2013 go to Carol’s House, a San Diego shelter for survivors of domestic violence.