photo by Nina Seibert

Over 130 young girls gathered at the Encinitas Skate Plaza on April 14 for a special Skate Rising event. The girls received tips on how to be confident and follow their dreams from professional skater and Exposure Skate Co-Founder Amelia Brodka. They also heard from Leigh Rawdon, Co-Founder of the Tea Collection, a globally inspired clothing brand. Attendees built vision boards, learned to skate during the free clinic run by professional skater Neal Mims, and nibbled on healthy snacks from Nekter Juice Bar Encinitas.
Skate Rising was founded by 92024 local Calli Kelsay after seeing positive life lessons come from her own daughters learning to skate.

The program meets on the second Saturday of each month, and is free and open to all girls ages four to 18. Find more information on Instagram and Facebook @skaterising or on the website at