Wheels To Grow: Javier Mendizibal Visits Cambodia
In early December 2012 pro skater Javier Mendizabal and the Quiksilver by Verich B project team traveled to Phnom Penh to meet the Skateistan Cambodia team and their students. This marked the beginning of an exciting new collaboration to release a range of sunglasses made out of recycled skateboard decks to help support Skateistan. As an ambassador of the Quiksilver Foundation, Javier participated in all of Skateistan Cambodia’s day-to-day activities with the students, hosting workshops on the mechanics of a skateboard, giving trick tips to the staff and students, and doing skate demos. Through their shared passion for skateboarding, Javier was able to inspire and motivate the students of Skateistan to push their own skating to new levels.
Released on June 18th, the Wheels to Grow film demonstrates how skateboarding can not only cross cultural barriers, but it can also be used as a tool for self expression, creativity and access to education. For more information about Skateistan’s work with youth in Cambodia and Afghanistan, visit skateistan.org