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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.

Posted: December 9th, 2014

Ladies Day at The Berrics

Renowned indoor skate park opens its doors to Poseiden Foundation for the 6th year in a row to host ALL LADIES skate event and canned food drive December 20, 2014. We are honored to extend the invitation of this space to all ladies! Come experience your dreams coming true! The Berrics media will have full coverage of the event and professional riders will be there to help you hone in your skills! With more and more ladies showing up every year with skateboards, Lexi of Maryland, 16, commented last year, “I’m skating history.”

If you would like to attend Poseiden Foundation’s Ladies Day @The Berrics Please: BRING A CANNED FOOD ITEM and RSVP by Filling out the RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/6xKbW4LN5u

*All Ladies that want to skate Ladies Day must have the RSVP Form filled for entry, once form is filled please email: Monique@poseiden.org for further instructions.


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Posted: December 6th, 2014


The 7th annual Girl’s Empowerment Conference held 12/06 was a great success! Inspired individuals from the Oceanside, California area were brought together to support the budding junior high and high school students. Poseiden Foundation provided motivational discussion sessions with Amelia Brodka and Maya Eve. They engaged the young women with strategies for living successfully and encouragement to maintain their commitment to becoming leaders in their communities via music, technology, mentorship, etc!

Posted: November 29th, 2014

Rosarito Board Giveaway

Skate Competition in Rosarito, Mexico brings talented youth together with professional sponsors. A collaboration with 2nd Sk8, Skate Baja A.C. and Poseiden Foundation, the November 29th event at Skatepark de la Sharp gave participants the opportunity to demonstrate their skateboarding skills. With beginner, amateur, and professional categories, all skaters were able to showcase their talent. No entry fee. Generous prizes. Sponsors included Imjuver Rosarito, Turismo de Baja California, Sobreruedas, Natural Skateboards, Puerta29, Panik Skateboards, and Street Wear Shop


Posted: November 18th, 2014
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Alisha Betcke registering volunteers to go around the Marina and collect food for the North County Food Bank.


We are proud to highlight a community leader this week! Alisha Betcke is an individual who donates her time and oversees constructive action in her community. Alisha recently organized a food drive at the docks of Lake San Marcos Marina, and collected over 500lbs of food for the homeless this season. The food was donated to North County’s Food Bank. Alisha Betcke has worked with Poseiden Foundation and inspires through various endeavors of altruistic service. Alisha is a great example of the joy that is returned tenfold when you give it away to others.


Posted: November 10th, 2014

Achieving Dreams with Mecu.06

Paula “Mecu” Videla from Buenos Aires, Argentina worked for three years to save money to come to the United States. She wanted to ride alongside American female skaters– develop her skills and learn more about the culture. Mecu achieved this goal last month here in Southern California. She was able to participate in the Exposure skate contest, place 2nd in vert and meet some of her role models, such as Cara-Beth Burnside and Mimi Knoop. With the help of Poseiden Foundation and the Ott family, she was also able to volunteer teaching skateboarding at La Casita, interact with young children and encourage them to follow their dreams. Recently she defined another dream of her own, to make it back to the United States in 2015 to participate in the Vans Combi Pool Women’s Invitational. Luckily, she already received her invitation! Congratulations, Mecu, we believe in you!


Posted: November 8th, 2014


Created to bring exposure and opportunity to women in our society, Exposure: A Women’s Skateboarding Event provided a platform for girls to show us what they’ve got! They showed up to ride and compete in bowl and vert, they showed up and inspired one another. Lizzie Armanto from Santa Monica, California ended up as a top finisher in the Pro division. Check out her skills online! Stay updated with the riders and be amazed by their courage and commitment. Proceeds of this event went to women survivors of domestic violence. Poseiden Foundation collaborated with Amelia Brodka and the Exposure team to support this event at the YMCA skatepark in Encinitas. Learn more about EXPOSURE and help their cause! www.exposureskate.org




Posted: September 30th, 2014

Syd Ott, is a nine-year-old girl that began her journey to giving back to communities in Costa Rica and Mexico. She believes that every kid deserves a chance to experience new things. She gave her parents the inspiration to host Poseiden Foundation, so she could accomplish her dream in hosting the first skate clinic and competition in Nosara, Costa Rica and do a shoe drop to orphanages in San Jose. Below is her story, with pictures and lives she touched through dedication to being an altruistic kid, paving the ways for others to follow in her footsteps.

Thank you Syd.


My Adventures! By: Syd the Kid :)

Skate Con Gusto #1

Skate Con Gusto was so much fun! It was so great to see so many kids out skateboarding. I wanted to go to Nosara because they just built a new skatepark called Eskina.  The owner put so much hard work to bring the community of Nosara a skatepark, but a lot of the kids do not have skateboards or shoes. I wanted them to experience it and find a new passion to follow. We gave out knee pads and elbow pads which gave the kids more confidence to try skateboarding.  We also gave out t-shirts, hats, shoes, and much more. There was so many smiles and they all did amazing. I was happy we could help them and maybe we have opened up a new dream for them.

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We drove 1 1/2 hours to Perez Zeledon, when we got there I skated at a local skatepark. After skating we drove a couple minutes to the orphanage. We gave out food and drinks to the kids.  We also played games and did rainbow loom with the kids. We handed out shoes, T-shirts, stickers and left skateboards with the lady in charge of the orphanage.  I felt like we were making the kids really, really happy. I also feel so thankful I have a family that takes care of me. They told us that this was one of the best days the kids have had and that fills my heart with joy!

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My family and I gave out presents to the kids in a very poor village in Costa Rica called La Imaculada.  We gave out stickers, cars, mini skateboards, candy, shirts, and shoes. A lot of the kids roam the street alone and were so happy when we stopped to talk to them and give them presents. We gave out so many presents to the kids that we ran out. The kids were very thankful. I was very happy that we could help.

Skate con gusto #4
We went to a new public skatepark that had just opened. It’s called Epicentro Por La  Paz De Garabito. It’s run by a group of individuals that care about the children in their communities. It was a perfect opportunity to donate skateboards and pads to the organization for the kids to use. We also gave out shoes, t-shirts, and lots of stickers to the kids. They where all very very happy.  I hope the things we donated will help inspire more kids to skateboard.

Thank you Poseiden Foundation, for making my dream come true! Your very special

Posted: August 31st, 2014

Written By: Maya Eve


Inspiration on and off the skateboard leads one who has benefited from the sport with a desire to give back. This month, a team of such individuals celebrates the impact of this altruistic mission. Coming together and fulfilling their dreams, a Skate Con Gusto! team brings the energy and empowerment of skateboarding to Costa Rican communities.

For a week in early July, personal intentions met with collective momentum to bring about rich community experiences.  Kaleb Stevens witnesses his vision of opening La Eskina skate park in Nosara, Costa Rica come to life. His intention to gather community and encourage the youth to thrive aligns with nine year-old Syd Ott when she visits Nosara with her family from southern California. Syd takes this vision to the next level by consulting her skateboarding mentor Amelia Brodka on how to bring skateboarding professionals and skate clinics to Eskina skate park. Amelia is the founder of Exposure Skate- a benefit to raise awareness and prevention to domestic violence through women skateboarders- and often uses her passion for skateboarding as a means of initiating a larger conversation. Knowing that Poseiden Foundation collaborates to make these events happen and specializes in working with the youth of Latin America, Amelia brings Micaela Ramirez and the Poseiden Foundation on board as an essential part of creating a week of empowering exchanges in western Costa Rica.

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Partnering with local and international associations, the team brought a positive force to the communities of Eskina skate park, Pura Vida skatepark de Perez Zeledon, Cacori half-way house for children in between abandonment and orphanage, and the Del Mar Academy grades pre-K through seven. Motivational speeches were facilitated to inspire the development of dreams and perseverance, no matter how hard things get. Skateboarding demonstrations were given by Alec Beck of Los Angeles, California, Miguel Castro of Heredia, Costa Rica and Maddox Ott, Syd’s younger brother age 5, while Syd, Amelia, Micaela and Briana Winters- an amateur skater from Carlsbad, California- got several kids up on skateboards who had never been riding before, along with many who had never even seen a skateboard before!

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The Skate Con Gusto! day at Eskina skate park was hosted by the restaurant on-site, YUM!, and the woman who invested to made Kaleb’s dream a reality, Erin Feathers. Equipped with great food, great DJ’s and non-stop interactions of love and support, this day started the week off right. Both Poseiden Foundation and Exposure Skate were able to bring support from the skate industry via sponsors such as Powell and Mini-Logo skateboards, Vox, Etnies, Emerica, and Fallen. Costa Rican dream believers at Howling Monkeys also donated their time and company product, thanks to Marina Zawisa, 3Killa and 1Kiwi who linked them with the Poseiden Foundation. Safari Surf School contributed to this effort as well, extending their support and belief that everyone can accomplish their dreams while caring for the environment. From the network that has been created between all of these empowering contributors, kids throughout the week were able to ride the parks with completes, and receive a new shirt, pair of shoes, hat, or sticker- which was a big deal for many of these boys and girls wearing shoes 2 sizes too big and hand me down clothes from siblings.

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Skateboarding often strengthens community and the intention set for this tour highlights the available resources for a community and the tangible reality that every dream- even our biggest ones- can be fulfilled. Micaela Ramirez affirms that “together we accomplish anything; we develop confidence, overcome fears, and bring into the world what would otherwise be unimaginable.” The Poseiden Foundation intends to follow-up and maintain contact with La Eskina and Pura Vida skate parks in Costa Rica and support the dreams of all involved. With established connections to skate communities in various parts of Latin America, Poseiden envisions itself bridging the distance and providing opportunities for riders to have inter-exchanges. For example, with groups such as Skateboarding Ecuatoriano and Parque la Carolina of Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, Re-Skate of Mexico City, Mexico, Skater Girl Chile and Girls Assault of Buenos Aires and Mar de Plata, Argentina. As it goes for this current event in Costa Rica and all those around the world to come, the team agrees that it’s all about believing in one another and contributing to a positive community.

Thank you YUM! LA Esquina, Powell, Mini-Logo and Zero skateboards, Vox, Etnies, Emerica, and Fallen shoes, Howling Monkeys, Marina Zawisa, 3Killa and 1Kiwi, Safari Surf School and Los Amigos clothing and Bearings. A Special Thank You to all who came out and donated their time to making this dream come true for Syd Ott and family. Together, we can make a difference and create a ripple effect of communal love through skateboarding.

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Posted: June 28th, 2014


Skate Con Gusto- Skate with meaning- Share the Love.

Skate Con Gusto- Skate with meaning- Share the Love.


Poseiden Foundation would like to personally invite you to experience our journey to Nosara, Costa Rica through our Social Media sites June 30th through the month of July, 2014.

Together with the help of the Ott family, Poseiden Foundation and Exposure skate, we have created a Skate Con Gusto tour that will be taking place in costa Rica.

During the tour, we will be visiting schools/community centers and stoking the youth of Nosara with new skate equipment, lessons, Best Trick contest and most importantly the love that a community shares when they unite together through skateboarding.

The athletes participating on tour are:

Miguel Castro: Costa Rica
Amelia Brodka: USA/Poland
Alec Beck: USA
Syd Ott: USA

and other surprise special guest…

We have attached the “Skate Con Gusto Costa Rica” flyer for you to share with your friends, family and social media networks.

PLEASE follow our journey on Instagram, Facebook and the Poseiden Foundation website to learn about the culture, environment and skate life of Costa Rican Youth.


I would also like to personally thank Miguel Castro for being a leader for the Costa Rican youth, and thank him for his help. Be on the look out for Skate Con Gusto’s tour video, produced and edited by Miguel himself.


Posted: June 1st, 2014

Last year Poseiden Foundation teamed up with Gould Academy and coordinated a skate day at The Berrics. Read some of the comments last years students shared about their dream coming true.

I’m skating history- Lexi,16, Maryland.
It’s a youtube fantasy come true. Louie, 18, Paris.
Is this what Heaven looks like? David,15, ME
I’ve literally dreamed of this day and it is so surreal to see it happen-Brook, 17, ME
This is such a fun experience. Thank you Berrics-Tristan, 12,Santa Monica.
This is a once in a life time experience. Stephen,15,Texas.
This is where dreams become reality-Eli,18,ME