GRO and Neal Mims Skate Academy teamed up to teach the XS Skate Clinic at Exposure on November 8th in Encinitas, California. GRO began a partnership with Exposure to plan and execute all future skate clinics at Exposure events.
“Thanks for teaching my daughter Marina how to skate today. She had such a killer time at the clinic and wants to get a helmet and skate again. I was blown away at how good you were with teaching such a little one. She loved it! Thanks for inspiring her.”
– Todd (Marina’s dad)
With the significant growth from last year with about 10 participants, the first GRO Skate Clinic at Exposure this year taught almost 60 new riders! Of the participants, over 40 were female and ranged from 1 to 58 years old. Skateboarding is continually growing and right now the largest growth is among the females and age is not a factor.
“The girls had a Great time! They all want skateboards and Pads for Christmas..and it was the first time for two of them. Thanks again! It was an incredible experience!”
In line with the cooperation in the women’s action sports world, this clinic was made possible by the help of so many. Aura Skatepark, Pink Widow Distribution and the Wettstein family all loaned gear for new riders to learn with. 187 Killer Pads came in to save the day by donating 10 sets of pads the morning of the event to cover the late registrations that kept rolling in the night before.
Instructors from GRO and Neal Mims Skate Academy were joined by many of the athletes of Exposure, including Poppy Olsen who was able to encourage a very nervous young rider to get on board. Many riders skated for the first time, others mastered important basics such as dropping in and others worked on more advanced tricks.
The next Exposure Skate Clinic is sure to grow again reaching over 100 participants! Want to be part of the change? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can donate skateboards, pads, helmets or your time volunteering or instructing November 7th 2015!
“What an amazing event! The entire vibe of the event was so positive & inspiring!! As a girl skater, we need badges of honor when we step on our skateboard everyday because it is not always a positive, happy & delightful reception from others.
Sierra Kerr was my instructor & she couldn’t have been more adorable & helpful! I wish the lesson could have lasted all day b/c it was that much fun.
I will be joining as a GRO rider so I can meet other girls who skate. The most difficult thing is that I skate by myself & when I show up to the skate park, I’m usually the only girl. I know skating with other girls would improve my skills & confidence tremendously.
– Melissa Aronson