The Mountain Roadshow at Element Skatecamp

       Years ago I saw an episode of Built To Shred on Fuel TV featuring Element skate camp. I immediately knew that this was a place I needed to go! There was all this cool footage of people skating ramps by a beautiful lake and I remember a scene with Ray Barbie playing guitar for the kids around the campfire. I had been to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national Park before and it is one of my favorite national parks. The combination of camping, exploring the sequoias, and skating a great skate park really looked like paradise.

A few years later I met a super cool dude named Adam Salo who had been a counselor at Element skate camp. I was immediately impressed by this dude's positive attitude and approach to everything he did. Adam attributed much of his life philosophy to his time as an Element Skatecamp counselor and he talked about how skate camp teaches kids to not just be a good skater but also a good human being. Adam also talked about how all of the counselors he worked with are still friends and how there is a family of "skate camp pirates" all across the country and globe.

   In September 2014 we sponsored The Mountain Roadshow trip with The Worble called the #inneranimaltour. This trip was a group of skate camp counselors shredding our way cross country from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. We went to amazing spots like Barnside in Kansas and skated in the Slickrock wilderness in Moab Utah amongst many great adventures. Along the way we stayed with and met up with quite a few other counselors and campers and I started to notice an obvious difference in these people. They were all super positive and supportive of each other and brought a really cool and contagious vibe that elevated the mood of every spot that we showed up at.

    Two days after arriving in L.A. I hopped in the Elemental Awareness van and headed to the north west on the Elemental Awareness Rez Tour where we put on events and hooked up the skate community on some Indian reservations in the Northwest and Montana. The elemental awareness crew are amazing people. They are all about connecting kids to nature and primitive skills through skateboarding. I think this is a super cool concept and I'll talk about it more in future blog posts. It became clear that the birthplace and nucleus of elemental awareness was at skate camp.

Elemental Awareness was set up to educate and inspire kids about the world. We accomplish this goal by connecting kids to Nature through skateboarding. We have seen that a hands on approach to environmental education through wilderness survival skills not only teaches kids about the natural world, but gives them great confidence and self esteem knowing that they can take care of themselves if need be. The skills we teach in our programs are common to all of our ancestors. No matter where you are from in the world, your predecessors lived off the land using the resources available to them. EA was born in North America and we are proud of that. We look to the peoples most recently living off the land that we call home for inspiration and knowledge of the natural resources. Since we have been given so much knowledge from Native peoples and so much has been taken from them, we decided to give back our unique gifts…the gift of skateboarding. That’s what this tour is all about. Appreciation of each others culture and an exchange of knowledge. We are proud to continue this tradition each year and eager to make new friends wherever the road may take us. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed us into their homes and treated us like family. You are the ones who keep us going and you are the ones who keep the tradition alive.

    This year Andy Dicker the director of element skate camp invited me to come to camp to participate and hook up the kids with The Mountain shirts.   I finally made it to skate camp!

This year The Mountain hooked up all the counselors and campers with Mountain shirts. I've been having an epic summer skating with all the The little grommets, counselors, staff, and visiting pros. I've also gotten to participate in the Elemental Awareness program where we learn how to make shelter, friction fire, gather and purify water, and hunt for game with primitive tools.

I've also been enjoying jamming with the music program and doing some projects in the art shed.

Element skate camp is rad! 

Send your kids!

sequoia Lake
sequoia Lake
   Little riders    

  Little riders    

 Cosmic wizard ripper Greyson Fletcher

Cosmic wizard ripper Greyson Fletcher

 Looking grizzly with a very nice Jeremy Fish deck

Looking grizzly with a very nice Jeremy Fish deck

 Welcome to the art shed

Welcome to the art shed

  Worble boy with Kershnar coyote

 Worble boy with Kershnar coyote

 Holding down element land  

Holding down element land  

 Busting a coal with a hand drill at elemental awareness 

Busting a coal with a hand drill at elemental awareness 

 Spoon making, on water day at EA 

Spoon making, on water day at EA 

 Counselor Tom repping White Buffalo's

Counselor Tom repping White Buffalo's

 Rising star Grayson with a vintage thrift store score

Rising star Grayson with a vintage thrift store score

 Atlatl at EA

Atlatl at EA

 Tough looking gang

Tough looking gang

    Skate like a girl! represent.

   Skate like a girl! represent.