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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: July 15th, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, Poseiden Foundation founder Micaela Ramirez stands in front of Mrs. Shanahan’s third grade students at Sunset Beach Elementary School. She is here to inspire the students with stories of success. Her speech kicks off the May 2015 Poseiden Foundation Oahu Tour. She shares her story alongside Pro Skateboarder Jen O’Brien, Documentary Filmmaker and Pro Skateboarder Amelia Brodka, Photo Journalist Morgan Cowper and Biomedical Entrepreneur Angela Rabreau. To assist the students in setting long-term goals and dreams of their own to strive for, the Poseiden Foundation invites the youth to “dream big” and map out the logical action steps necessary via a Dream Sharing Worksheet.
Dream sharing and goal setting is the constant theme sung through Poseiden’s Oahu Tour. Ramirez reminds us of the importance of asking the youth: “What is your dream?” and “What are your short-term goals?” As simple as the concept may sound, asking these questions consistently produces responses filled with joy and excitement. O’Brien, Brodka, Cowper, Brent Geren and Ramirez visit Kids Hurt Too and Foster Youth Coalition of Hawaii on Day 2 of the tour.
On Day 3 of the Oahu Tour, Poseiden Foundation takes the youth from Kids Hurt Too to the Hickam Air Force Base Hanger Skate Park. Through skateboarding, the team shows kids that a little support from others is very helpful in accomplishing goals. The sound of “I can’t skateboard” quickly turns into laughter as Jen O’Brien teaches a group of young girls to skateboard around the street course. Inspiring the youth to accomplish something thought to be impossible is an enormous confidence builder for these children.
The Poseiden Foundation supports newly developed skills by surprising kids with brand new skateboarding gear so that they can continue to hone their newfound skills after the event.
On the last day of the tour, O’Brien, Brodka, Ramirez, and Rabreau meet up with the third grade students from Mrs. Shanahan’s classroom and their families at the Bonzai Skate Park. O’Brien answers questions and demonstrates proper skate technique. As the kids skate, the Poseiden team rewards the kids for performing their best personal tricks with prizes from Altamont, Krooked, Anti‐Hero, Etnies, Vans, Real Skateboards, GN4LW, Dusters California, Venture Trucks, Thunder Trucks, Land Yachts, Element, Hoopla, and Spitfire Wheels.
As the Poseiden team members walk around the park, parents tell them about how their children were impacted by their personal stories. “My daughter doesn’t like to skate, but she was inspired to come here to see Angela, because she pursued a career in science,” noted one of the parents. Another parent shares that after his daughter heard Brodka and O’Brien speak about being professional skaters, his daughter finally built up the courage to skate with him.
Skate Con Gusto! And take care of the environment too! Another way to Share the Love and Empowerment is always to be mindful of our impact on the Earth. During the Poseiden Foundation Oahu Tour, the youth were led to clean up the spaces around them and take notice to the Earth’s inherent beauty.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”-Anatole France.
Posted: July 1st, 2015
Let’s shine some light on the European skate scene! In particular, let’s look to Heidelberg, Germany. With the Skate Express skate shop open and active since 1989, there’s a steady foundation for up and coming individuals. Check out Frank Rojel. Age 15 and shredding the streets! Phillip Huang, and Florian Sigloch. Max Shrädder, on fire in the bowls. On June 21st, 2015, the skate community hosted a Rock’n’Roll Skate Contest for Go Skateboarding Day 2015. Skate Express Heidelberg collaborated with House of Youth (Haus der Jugend), Plöckstreet Boys Production, Salut Skateboarding, Henrique Vitoria Skateboarding, Grotesque Skate and snowboarding, Welldone Studios, and the Flame along the Neckar River at the Ernst Walz bridge skatepark. Thanks to Poseiden Foundation sponsors: Altamont, Deluxe Distribution- Real Skateboards, Thunder Trucks, Anti-Hero, Krooked, Venture, and Spitfire Wheels, Emerica, Etnies, Landyachtz, Sunset, Element, Skate Girls, and Vans, Poseiden Foundation was able to contribute additional product to the event. With close to 200 spectators and 40 participants rocking the contest, we were glad to be there sharing the love and support! Pictures here are from photographer Philographie. Danke!
– Maya Eve Porter
Heidelberg, Germany. pc: Vitold Muratov
DJ Flo with hip-hop sounds
winners of group B
Judges at work
winners of group C
Max Shrädder: 1st place / group A
Guillaume Carville in the air
Max Shrädder on a wallride.
Max Shrädder with a frontside 5-0 slasher
Jan Harris with a frontside smith
Posted: March 27th, 2015
Last night was lovely with the Oceanside community at Hill St. Café raising fun.d’s for Poseiden’s Spring Quarter.
Poseiden’s Youth Outreach Director, Isabelle Fried came out with Love and gratitude for the Support with the Skate Club she runs at El Camino High School (Oceanside, CA). Our 8th annual end of the school year Skate Competition will be held late May, and volunteers are always welcome! Contact us @ Poseiden for more details. Maya Eve enjoyed the opportunity to raise fund’s for the 1st Sk8 Motiv8 Brazil outreach in 3 Brazilian communities mid-May. Also coming up is Poseiden’s 4th annual Share the Love and Empowerment Tour in jeopardized zones of Hawaii. Micaela Rameriz brought her Joy to the Fundraiser and shared with us too about Poseiden’s 6th annual Baja California Game of Skate and Environmental pick-up in June. Near or far, if you’d like to be a part of these events more closely, or continue supporting through product or monetary donations, everything helps in bringing these events to life for the Youth we work with to know that across geographic, economic, and social barriers….. there is Love and Support for them to learn, grow, and pursue their passion.
Thank you to all who participated directly with your Presence! Familiar faces from the Poseiden family Amelia Brodka, Alec Beck, Monique O’Toole, Lydia Martinez, Marissa Martinez, Chris Bishop, the Hill St. Café staff and our host for the evening, Ray Ream. Thank you to all the Musicians, Lewis Macdonald, Etiola Macdonald, Ennjay Luafalemana, Jimmy Brennecke, Bob, Lawrence, James, and more!
Thank you to our Product Contributors.
Present Supporters: Deluxe Distribution, Krooked Skateboards, Real Skateboards, Anti-Hero, Thunder Trucks, Venture Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Sunset Skateboards, Land Yachtz, Element brand, Elemental Awareness.
Supporters: Gravity, Pro-Tec, Zero, Fallen, Etnies, Emerica, Armourdillo, Seismic, Stereo, Emily the Strange, Altamont, ES, Emerica, and many more!
Thank you! To all the Raffle and Silent Auction winners….. congratulations, enjoy, and Skate Con Gusto!
Posted: January 20th, 2015
The annual Vans Girls Combi Classic is one of the most anticipated, and thrilling contests in the women’s skateboarding scene. Each January, girls and women from around the globe come to the Vans Skatepark in Orange County California to compete for a chance at the $12,000 prize purse.
This year, the youngest competitor (14) in the women’s pro division, took first place! Congrats Alana Smith! Check the coverage and full results below!
GIRLS COMBI POOL CLASSIC
VANS SKATEPARK – ORANGE, CA
JANUARY 17, 2015
1. Alana Smith $4,000
2. Lizzie Armanto $2,000
3. Allysha Bergado $1,000
4. Julz Lynn $900
5. Arianna Carmona $700
6. Nicole Hause $500
7. Kisa Nakamura $400
8. Amelia Brodka $250
9. Sarah Thompson $150
10. Beverly Flood $100
11. Hunter Long
12. Pauline Branom
13. Izy Mutu
14. Jean Rusen
15. Julie Westfall
AMATEUR 15 & OVER
1. Poppy Starr Olsen $500
2. Jordyn Barratt $300
3. Autumn Tust $200
4. Hannah Chumley
5. Paige LaBare
6. Nicole Noller
7. Summer Vereecke
8. Alisha Stevens
9. Juliet James
10. Cassie Oseguera
11. Cansas Burns
12. Emma Storm
AMATEUR 14 & UNDER GIRLS
1. Brighton Zeuner $500
2. Spencer Breaux $300
3. Minna Stess $200
4. Bryce Wettstein
5. Bella Kenworthy
6. Michelle Yoon
7. Tarryn Ross
8. Zoe Safanda
9. Halle Gonzales
10. Jordan Beal
Posted: January 11th, 2015
On a sunny Southern California day in the middle of winter, thousands of representatives, creative directors, CEO’s, marketing managers, athletes, enthusiasts, skaters and surfers alike came together to share with one another what they’ve got and find out what it is that they want.
The Agenda Trade Show: Long Beach 2015 ____ inspiration from the inside out.
Tolerance, celebration, gratitude, unification…. Can you feel it?! Our global community is rising! Even as you read these words, like minded people are connecting; core values are being addressed and solutions implemented. A few role models in this time of innovation whom I met at Agenda, have agreed to tap us into their mind-frame and mechanisms that have successfully empowered them to actively co-create the infrastructure and content of our emerging culture.
Store front, event producer, skateboarding sponsor, community resource, OCEAN GROWN of Marina, CA find it their upmost honor to encourage and promote “positive change and unity in the community.” Merging genres and bridging potential gaps, Henry Perez, owner, takes passionate individuals under his wing who have a willingness to stay focused and utilize the tremendous support available to each one of us. Perez suggests remembering that “the majority of the world is impoverished- yet people still rise against the odds through dedication, love, and sacrifice.”
An ethic of loyalty, hard work and honesty are corner stones upon which Shannon Hayward continues the legacy of athletic footwear brand, Etonics, established 1876. To continue expanding from such a well established foundation, president Hayward offers great inspiration of developing one’s ideas and concepts with effective presentation and unique follow through.
Damon Thorley, with his presence and poise, reminds us that we are powerful beyond measure. In response to my inquiry of his own first hand experience in the industry, he tells us that everyone involved with the Deluxe Distribution company “is extremely passionate about skateboarding and care a lot about where it goes in the future.” Thorley continues, “We truly believe that skateboarders can change the world and we will always try to support any skater (skate shop and skate community worldwide) affecting positive change around them.”
Recognizing the widespread collective momentum of authentically pursuing a passion and being a positive force for change, Thorley emphasizes the benefit in immersing oneself completely in the activities and culture relative to one’s passion, in order to succeed. “Stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the hardest things to do in any area…. yet depending on the passion or activity there is always a social group, club, or retailer that supports it, and by getting involved and jumping in 100%, you can learn a lot as well as boost your confidence by being a part of a tight knit group of like minded people.”
As we listen to and explore our own calling, and develop our dreams with patience and persistence, relaxing into the fact that we are a part of a global uprise and we are connected to a supportive network, can lesson the burden of feeling outside of social norms or perhaps too far behind the pros to even start. Let us remind one another that people are putting their words into action all over the world, and people (like us) exist. Even as we take different names and brand companies independent of one another… We are together in a greater goal. We are taking back our power and taking control of our future.
Like the humble and empowering truth that fashion outfitters Creative Recreation was founded on “if you follow your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
We can find inspiration everywhere, especially within the action sport industry. What a testimony to the human spirit, alive and well and working together! Thank you so much to all of the persons and the depth of responses to my e-mails which made this article possible!
We can all reach out to whom we admire. . . and be available for others! ☯
– Maya Eve Porter
Posted: January 1st, 2015
Over the last 6 years, Poseiden Foundation’s Ladies Day at the Berrics has witnessed a few female skateboarders come out and pave the way, to many females– from 2-years of age to 60 years and older. On December 20, 2014, Poseiden Foundation gathered for their “6th Annual Ladies Day” with an astounding 70+ females of all ages in attendance, making history with this event at The Berrics. This year females RSVP’ed and brought a canned food item to give to the homeless. Over 80 cans of food were collected and we were able to hand them out directly to the homeless in downtown Los Angeles.
Each of the females that have shown up this year to skate The Berrics are all a part of creating a legacy and platform for many female skaters around the world. For anyone who may perceive that “nothing is really happening here” with the ladies in the skateboarding industry, Poseiden Foundation has helped to create the conditions to allow these gems to shine! Poseiden loves to break barriers by teaming up with skate organizations, companies, and media that contribute to expanding skateboarding to all youth and showing the growing outreach of skaters of all ages. With the help of Legend Skateboarder and Poseiden Foundation’s Board of Director Jen O’Brien, connecting with friends Steve Berra and Salman Agah, we were able to work with The Berrics and become the first foundation to open their doors to female skateboarders in 2009. This has helped bring Poseiden Foundation’s Vision come to fruition, which is to “Empower individuals to accomplish their dreams!” Although our mission of having primarily females skate The Berrics seemed at first far-fetched, the people involved here are leading by example, and have shown that it is possible to pursue passion and be recognized for talent.
In addition to the professional photographers that Poseiden Foundation brought to document the historical event : Lorrie Palmos, Fellipe Francisco, David Safanda, and Don Sheffler, The Berrics film crew documented the event and have the film edit here. The filmer was so impressed by the talent and numbers of females attending the event, he invited them back the next day to film more clips! Thanks, Jake Legér! With determination, anticipation, and perseverance the females are shredding and leaving an enduring spirit of respect. Skate con Gusto!
– Maya Eve Porter
Posted: December 9th, 2014
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.
Posted: December 6th, 2014
The 7th annual Girl’s Empowerment Conference held December 2014 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 skateboarding, music, technology, mentorship, etc!
Posted: November 29th, 2014
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
– Maya Eve Porter
Posted: November 18th, 2014
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.
The Marina is ready for paddle, sail and boat it’s way to each house to collect food from the docks
500-Pounds of Food Donated