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Stoked Los Angeles Skate Mentor Wrap Up

In mid June fourteen Stokers met 4 volunteers and Stoked Charlie at HQ where they started the day off with some organic bananas before hopping on the metro to Santa Monica for a day of skating and festivities.

The first stop after arriving  in Santa Monica was the farmers market where Fair Hills Farms treated Stokers to apricots. When they were done they skated to the Santa Monica Pier to watch the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race.

During the festival, our Stokers had the privilege of meeting Jeff Ho, and were given a history of Zephyr Surfboards and Dogtown Skateboards.  Jeff Ho started Jeff Ho and Zephyr Surfboard Production along with Skip Engblom and Craig Stecyk in 1972. Jeff Ho hand-crafted all of the surfboards himself. Together they also started the iconic Zephyr surf team.

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Congrats to Team Stoked for Completing the 5 Boro Bike Tour!

Congratulations to Team Stoked for participating in the 5 Boro Bike Tour! On Sunday, May 6, eight Team Stoked supporters rode their bicycles for 40 miles, touring all five boroughs of New York City. The tour began just shy of 8am in Battery Park City. Riders rode up 6th Avenue and through Central Park together and then into the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and finally Staten Island.

Collectively these riders raised more than $4,000 for Stoked to continue to develop its action sports programming for under-served youth. Thank you to all who donated to Team Stoked. View the full album from the day on Flickr.

For information on how to get involved in upcoming Team Stoked events, contact teamstoked@stoked.org. Great job everyone and keep up the ‘Stoke!’

NYC Stoked to Serve Kick-Off

This past Saturday Stoked NYC took advantage of the beautiful day and launched its spring program season with Stoked to Serve at the East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 40 Stokers, featuring 9 mentoring pairs, 27 youth from four Stoked after school programs, and a crew from partner organization the “I Have a Dream Foundation – Ravenswood” that biked over from their Long Island City center, completed two hours of community service at the park. Piles of sand were distributed along the shoreline to help prevent erosion, a garden area was dug up and prepped for planting, and trash was removed to help make the park a better place.

The Human Impacts Institute was there to talk about the impact that people have on our environment, as well as the nature in and around the park. Stoked youth played a game that discussed where our resources come from, and learned about the increased carbon footprint made by consuming products from around the globe.

Following the morning session, skateboards were brought out and youth honed their skating skills.

Many thanks to the East River Park crew and our wonderful volunteers for making it a great day, and Eugene Lugo for taking amazing photos for us!

Youth shovel sand onto the shoreline to prevent erosion


Relay race!


The whole crew

 The next Stoked to Serve day will be Saturday, May 5th at McCarren Park. Email volunteer@stoked.org for more information.

Stoked Trishredathon Recap

14 Stoked Los Angeles supporters participated in the first ever Trishredathon on Sunday, March 25 in California.

We lucked into a bluebird morning at Snow Summit and got the chance to ride with Snow Mentor #5 stokers and special guest Travis Rice.

It was dumping rain all morning in Venice Beach, but as we pulled up, the sky parted to reveal a classic California sunset. Due to runoff from the rain, our surf session was short, but stokers dipped in and out (photos to prove it) before skating along the Venice Fishing Pier, completing the action sports packed day!

We wrapped up with a gathering for Stoked supporters, donors and volunteers at the home of Andrew Keegan. As of March 27, 2012, Trishredathon participants raised $12,320 for Stoked Los Angeles. Funds directly support our action sports youth development programming for under-served youth in Los Angeles. THANK YOU AND GREAT JOB!

At Snow Summit pre Slopstyle fest with Travis Rice. Photo by David Barton.
Pamela Zoolalian and Sterling Bentley about to shred. Photo by David Barton.
Sunset surf at Venice Beach. Photo by David Barton.

Thank you to the participants of the 2012 Trishredathon and to their donors!
Sterling Bentley
Kenneth Chiu
Jonathan Drubner
Charles Friedland
Zach Friedland
David Froschauer
Greg Garrett
Brad Giering
Scott Hernandez
Christopher Mercurio
YuLin Olliver
Kimberly Woo
Lisa W.
Pamela Zoolalian
Jennifer Zweben*

*Jen did the Trishredathon with Stoked Charlie a week before us, check out her wrap up video here!

Thank you to our sponsors! Pabst Brewing Co., Quiksilver Foundation, Ryan’s Express, Skullcandy, Snow Summit, VitaCoco

Chefs: Jeff Thomas, Daniella Lafkas | Farms: Garcia Organic Farm, Truth & Apples Farm| Photography: David Barton bartondt@mac.com| Videography: Ryan Sheffer, Garrett Shannon lookalive.us

Special thanks to Charlie Phillips, Steve Larosiliere, Andrew Keegan and Travis Rice.

More photos of the day here and more to come!

Lisa W. and Chris Mercurio caught three waves each! Photo by David Barton.
Lisa tearing it up. Photo by David Barton.

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