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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.