#NODAPL A SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNEY TO THE PIPELINE

Sunstone Visions would like to pay homage to the Native people protecting the water and scared sites against the Dakota Access Pipeline and to all indigenous people around the world. The short film was directed, shot, and cut by Skyler Hayes Anselmo who went to Standing Rock in November 2016.  He is of the Akimel O’otham, “River People”, community in Arizona and originally from LA. He is currently a student at the University of Denver, majoring in Film and Emergent Digital Practices. Skyler has spent time as an intern for Elemental Awareness throughout the years and we are very proud of him and the work he is doing.  #NODAPL

ELEMENTAL AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP 2016

For the past decade, Elemental Awareness has sent groups of kids from underserved communities to Element Skate Camp. We believe that Skate Camp is one of the best places on earth, and that anyone can benefit from the experience of skateboarding in nature. This video focuses on a group of kids we brought up from South Central Los Angeles for a week at camp. Some of them had never been outside of LA, let alone seen the giant redwoods, or the Milky Way.  It was an unforgettable experience, not only for the kids involved, but for us as well. We would like to give a special thanks to the New Balance Foundation for helping make this trip a reality, and for their continued support.  Video production by Bone & Gold

Outpost Event in Bodega Bay

Elemental Awareness spent this past weekend up in Bodega Bay at the Outpost event putting on an Outdoor Skills workshop.  The Outpost is a one of a kind retreat on the edge of the wilderness which brings together like-minded brands, creatives, artists and athletes for a three day getaway.  There were all sorts of outdoor retail brands in attendance, but the weekend was more geared towards connecting with people, not featuring products or selling goods.  It was really amazing to see how people interact and connect by spending time in Nature instead of in an office… Big thanks to Jeff, Eric at Uneri and everyone who made this event a great one.  We can’t wait for next year! Photos by Monica Semergiu.

EA X HHF Scholarships

For the past 5 years, Elemental Awareness and the Harold Hunter Foundation have been teaming up to get kids from New York City out to California for a week in the woods at Element Skate Camp.  This year we were able to get 5 kids out to camp.  It was an incredible experience for everyone and we are thankful that the boys had an amazing experience.  Thanks again to HHF and everyone else who helped make the possible.

ELEMENTAL AWARENESS GOES TO BOISE, IDAHO

This past weekend we had the honor of holding a giveback event with the Boise Skate Association and the Rescue Mission to give away 25 completes to deserving children in the Boise, Idaho area. Element Pro Chad Tim Tim came out and held a skate clinic for the board recipients. Element has set up a satellite shop at 304 Americana, right across the street from the new Rhodes skate park, so we'll surly be back soon.  

ELEMENT SKATE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP WEEK

For the past decade, Elemental Awareness has sent groups of kids from underserved communities to Element Skate Camp. We believe that Skate Camp is one of the best places on earth, and that anyone benefits from the experience of skateboarding in nature. This year we brought 10 kids from South Central Los Angeles up with us for a week at camp. Some of them had never been outside of LA, let alone seen the giant redwoods, or the milky way. It was an amazing week! 

THIS IS ELEMENT SKATE CAMP

Another summer is upon us at Element YMCA Skate Camp, and we can’t wait to skate by the lake for the 30th year! Join us for an epic summer experience on Sequoia Lake that includes 6 skate courses and programming you won’t find anywhere else such as Elemental Awareness. All this at a newly reduced weekly rate! Visit the SKATE CAMP WEBSITE for all the dates. details and Element team rider appearances. Camp kicks off July 10th!

EA X GRIC

Last November, EA visited the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) and held a skateboard event at the Sacaton skate park.  Inspired by the turn out and the passion the kids have for skateboarding in Gila River, some of the skateboard "elders" have put on a few events to keep the stoke alive. They had an event a few weeks ago.  Check out the video from the event below. 

One of the people responsible for keeping the events going out in Gila River is Reuben Ringlero.  He has been skating all his life and grew up in the area.  He knows what challenges face kids growing up in the area and feels skateboarding is a positive outlet for native youth.  Check out the video that Reuben made from our visit to the GRIC (see below).  Big thanks to Reuben and all the skateboarders who are spreading positivity through skateboarding out on the Rez.

WINTERCOUNT 2016

Every year we bring our instructors, interns, and Element team riders to the Sonoran desert outside of Phoenix, AZ to spend a week at Winter Count primitive skills gathering. Winter Count is one of the largest gatherings of wilderness guides, outdoor enthusiasts and primitive living practitionersand here we learn valuable skills to take back and teach at our wilderness program at Element Skate Camp.

ELEMENTAL AWARENESS DESERT JOURNEY

Every year, we make our way out the American Indian reservations, bearing the gift of skateboarding. These are some of the most impoverished areas of our nation –with high unemployment and even higher drug and alcohol abuse. Nevertheless skateboarding remains extremely popular for Native youth.

This year we visited two different tribes in Arizona; The Pima in Gila River, and the Navajo in Window Rock. In total we gave out over 100 skateboards, boxes of tee shirts and clothes, and countless high fives. In return we received endless gratitude, and a deeper understanding of life on the Rez.

EA HOLIDAY GIVEBACK

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Every holiday season The Elemental Awareness foundation links up with a local organization to give the gift of skateboarding to a community in need. This year we joined forces with Le Conte Middle School in Los Angeles, CA for an afternoon of skateboarding with the Element and New Balance Numeric Teams. Nyjah Huston, Brandon Westgate, Mark Appleyard, Levi Brown, PJ Ladd, Mason Silva, Dominick Walker, Chris Colbourn, Jordan Maxham, Fletcher Renegar, Dave Mull, and Ronnie Kessner came through to rip with the kids and give out tons of product; over 50 boards, and boxes upon boxes of New Balance shoes. Special thanks to everyone who came out, Happy Holidays!