We had a fun filled Go Skateboarding Day 2012!
The festivities kicked off early with our regularly scheduled morning class at Friends International. We tried out a new hybrid game of skateboarding basketball which involved a lot of balance, maneuvering, hand-eye coordination and most importantly - teamwork.
While many kids were shredding, others were observing a special painting demonstration and workshop put on by TheSk8room. The mural depicted a native endangered species, the gentle giant known as the Asian Elephant pulling a tuk tuk on a nearby wall at the school.
The children were captivated watching the artistic process and were thrilled when they were asked to contribute their own colorful touches. The mural quickly came alive with beautiful butterflies, lush grasses, blooming flowers, fancy peacocks and of course depictions of skateboarders.
We recently received this video of our trip to Kep with the PSE Skate group. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed being there.
Two vans, one full of stoked kids and staff, and the other filled to the ceiling with boards, gear, and musical instruments, set out on a highly anticipated weekend road trip to Kep to skateboard the infamous concrete bowl at the Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort for what proved to be an epic first-ever skateboard contest of its kind in Cambodia.
Saturday’s festivities included a warm-up session before the contest held later that afternoon. This was the first time our students have ever skated a concrete bowl. Their initial reservation and trepidation was quickly transformed into an all-out charging session.
By the contest’s end, the kids were carving on the vertical walls and tight transitions, and some were even pulling rock-to-fakies, 5-0 grinds, and tail taps. Their bravery and skill levels quickly escalated in a matter of a day.
We have a new addition to our Skateistan family!
Announcing the multi-talented Kov Chan Sangva, a native Khmer, better known as “Tin.” She studies at Doeum Thkou High School in Phnom Penh and has a strong background in break-dancing, rap, and most recently – skateboarding.
She has volunteered at Tiny Toones, a local break dancing NGO, in which we offer weekly instruction, for the past three years acting as an outreach instructor. She has also informed youth on important health and safety topics such as hygiene, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS awareness. In fact, Tin is a student of ours, and is currently in the process of being trained to teach skateboarding...
...and she’s already a natural!
It's actually been a little over 6 months since Skateistan moved into Cambodia and introduced skateboarding to the country for the first time. So much has happened in that time it's hard to sum it all up, but we recently put together a short clip edit of some of the more memorable activities we've been involved in over the first 6 months or so.