Industry News 7/5/2006

Stoked Mentoring Paddles Out With Quiksilver Foundation

Stoked Mentoring Paddles Out With Quiksilver Foundation

Leading Philanthropic Board Riding Organization Helps Extend Surf Mentor Program To Both Coasts In 2006

New York – July 3, 2006 – Stoked Mentoring, the non profit action sports organization with the mission of developing “Successful Teens with Opportunities, Knowledge, Experiences and Determination” through action sports mentoring, announced today that it will be partnering with the philanthropic boardriding organization, the Quiksilver Foundation.  With the Quiksilver Foundation’s help, Stoked Mentoring will be expanding its Surf Mentor program for at risk youth beyond New York to the greater Los Angeles in 2006.
Beginning July 8, Stoked Mentoring will launch the second year of its successful New York Surf Mentor program (the Los Angeles program will begin on July 16).   The Surf Mentor program pairs successful adults with young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years old for mentoring relationships that combine the challenge of surfing with real-life learning opportunities.  By pairing adults who are action sports novices with young people in need, the mentor/mentee dynamic is changed so that both parties can learn from and inspire each other through new successes in and out of the water. 

“Last year’s Surf Mentoring was a phenomenal success and I couldn’t be happier that we’ll be able to offer the program in both New York and Los Angeles this year,” said Steve Larosiliere, executive director for Stoked Mentoring.  “Surf Mentor couldn’t exist without our volunteers, but we also owe a huge debt to the Quiksilver Foundation as well.  Partners such as the Quiksilver Foundation really help us deliver the best mentoring experience to the young people in our program.”

To assist Stoked Mentoring in achieving its goal for the year, the Quiksilver Foundation is making a donation to help support the Surf Mentor program through the summer of 2006.  This generous donation will further enable Stoked Mentoring in imparting successful life lessons through action sports, upon teenagers who lack strong role models and access to the inherent joys of learning how to surf.

“As the leading brand for the boardriding lifestyle and the most iconic name in surfing, Quiksilver recognizes the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of  conquering new challenges in the ocean,” said Kathie Armstrong, Quiksilver Foundation Director.  “By partnering with Stoked Mentoring, we not only expose young people to the joys of surfing, but we are connecting them with mentors who will help them grow beyond their experiences on the beach and in the ocean.”

A 501c3 non profit organization, Stoked Mentoring’s programs are sustained through the support of its volunteers and generous partners  In addition to the funding Surf Mentor receives from the Quiksilver Foundation, Stoked Mentoring would also like to thank its sponsors, both in and outside of the action sports world, for their support of the Surf, Skate and Snow Mentor programs.  For a full list of Stoked Mentoring supporters, visit  

Always open to new opportunities, Stoked Mentoring encourages all interested parties to email info@stokedmentoring.orgon additional ways they can help Stoked Mentoring assist at risk youth in achieving their goals.

About Stoked Mentoring
Founded in 2005 by Steve Larosiliere and X Games Host Sal Masekela, Stoked Mentoring, Inc. exists to develop “Successful Teens with Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience and Determination” through mentoring relationships involving action sports.  Through hands-on partnerships with social service agencies, Stoked executes several bi-coastal programs on a yearly basis, including Snow Mentor, Skate Mentor and Surf Mentor.  Stoked Mentoring is a privately run non profit organization with 501c3 status.  For more information on Stoked Mentoring and how to become a part of its various programs, visit online

About the Quiksilver Foundation
The Quiksilver Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to benefiting and enhancing the quality of life for communities of boardriders across the world in support of environmental, educational, health and youth-related projects.