Elemental Awareness visited our friends at the Palm Springs Skatepark and Community Center. Kids brought their used skateboard decks, trucks, wheels and hardware and we built completes for less fortunate kids. We also held a fire demo using the ancient method of the bow drill to create a friction fire…which we also skated. A ton of other fun activities and contests were held for the kids and a great time was had by all. Thanks to Rob and the Palm Springs Community center for having us out. Also a special thanks goes out to The Mountain Tees for providing tee shirts for everyone in attendance.
Elemental Awareness long time family member PJ Harris has been running an after school skate program on South Central Avenue in Watts, CA for the past 7 years. PJ has been an important part of skateboarding in his community and we love to support him in his efforts to spread positivity through skateboarding. Levi Brown, Chad Tim Tim and the rest of the EA crew recently went up to Watts for a visit to skate, donate some skate obstacles and stoke the kids out with skate product. The Mountain was also there giving tee shirts and high fives away to all the kids. The day was a blast and everyone who came out had a great time. Special thanks to PJ Harris, Heidi Lemmon and everyone who is making a positive difference in their community.
This past Monday was a day of remembrance of a man who was responsible for the changing of a nation. We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his great strides in creating a country where all men and women are treated as equals. We still strive to uphold these values and at times struggle to keep moving forward. Although we have come a long way, we must continue to listen to wisdom of the past. In honor of the Dr.’s message of giving back to your community and treating each other with kindness, we decided to act locally and hook up the kids at MLK Skate Park in Long Beach with some much needed skateboards. It’s the small things that we do everyday that can make the largest impact on the world.
Julian Christianson was the overall winner of the 2011 MAKE IT COUNT Contest Series, which took place at the Element YMCA Skate Camp in Sequoia, Ca.
1st Place – Julian Christianson
2nd Place – Adriano Lachovski
3rd Place – Mitch Phillips
Elemental Awareness takes it’s interns and instructors to Winter Count, a wilderness skills gathering in the desert outside of Phoenix, every year to train them for the upcoming summer at Element YMCA skate camp. The education that they receive will help them teach the wilderness program at Camp. Special thanks goes out to Dave Wescott and Back Tracks for hosting the event.