Painting Across Boarders at Encinitas YMCA

Encinitas, CA – The artists of Forever Stoked looked on last Saturday asmore than 65 San Diegans picked up paintbrushes and expressed themselves ontheir individual pieces of a 40 x 8 foot mural. Creative geniuses CharlieClingman and Chris Pedersen traveled all the way from Morro Bay to createthe mural backdrop. The finished artwork will be displayed on the back ofthe X-Games vert ramp in the new Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA skatepark.

Good vibes reverberated as everyone enjoyed the BBQ hosted by VIVIX 659clothing, drinks provided by SoBe and other snacks courtesy of the GromProject. Local radio station fm 94/9 entertained the crowd with music andhilarious commentary on the various activities. The buck-a-ticket rafflesent many kids home happy with new t-shirts and accessories from Dakine,VIVIX 659, One West, DC Shoes, Atticus, RVCA, and Etnies, Vans skatecalendars, videos from Poor Specimen and the Sundt Memorial Foundation andprotective gear from Pro-Tec. One lucky winner claimed a skatedeck fromBulldog Skates, autographed by Doggtown and Z-Boys Wes Humpston himself.

Other sponsors included Surfshot magazine, Dean Miller Bedding, BurnOutSuncare, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Save the Waves, Surfrider San Diego, ScrippsTrauma Center, RDS Skate Shop, .lost, Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, DragonOptical, Pipes CafĂ© and the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. Even teenageskateboarding sensation Lyn-Z Adams painted a few squares after she attackedthe vert ramp.

The official unveiling will be at the Skatepark Grand Opening this summer.A plaque that recognizes sponsors, donors and participants who supportedthis Encinitas community event will hang alongside the mural.

There will be at least two more Painting Across Boarders events in San Diegocounty this year. Visit to sign up for the eventsnewsletter.

The Grom Project exists “to educate and inspire kids to build a betterfuture through a worldwide network of boarding communities.” The networkincludes information about events, athletes, jobs, industry highlights andmore. The Grom Project is a 501(c) 3-pending organization. All donationswill be 100% tax deductible. For more information on Painting acrossBoarders and the Grom Project, please visit or call KimHellman at 858.205.4766.