ANNUAL TRIP DAY 8

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Our last day. A decompression day.

We caught the sunrise one last time and got more footage for our video. A few of us checked out some ruins but all of us at some point chilled by the pool and soaked up the sun. We left a couple surfboards down there for the locals which ended up being great timing cause one of them snapped theirs in half that morning.

We had to wake up at 3AM the next day to catch our plane. But instead of trying to get some sleep and call it an early night, we invited a tattoo artist over and most of us stayed up all night.

It was so hard to say goodbye to everyone / everything in El Salvador. Amazing doesn’t even come close to summing this entire experience up.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this trip possible.

Everyone who came on the trip to everyone who contributed financially, from the bottom of everyone at Ride4Water’s heart, THANK YOU.

We’re just getting started…

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ANNUAL TRIP DAY 7

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^ Remember earlier in the week we built some skate ramps? We built them for TODAY. At 10AM, we loaded the tank up with the ramps and headed to a nearby orphanage.

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^ Joel here is an amazing skateboarder and has been in the same position as these kids – he was adopted when he was younger. Joel’s adoptive dad Nick also came on our trip and built these ramps with Joel. Joel even brought some extra boards for the kids to ride while Joel showed them some tricks.

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^ Josh led the kids in a game called “Over The Mountain” where they lined up on either side of the court and had to run to the other side of the court if they “had a shirt on” or “liked ice cream”. They absolutely loved it and it’s pretty obvious by the smiles on their faces how much fun they had.

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^ After that, we taught them about the importance of clean water, and Joel told the kids his story of how he was adopted. We also handed out hundreds of Tech Decks, sun glasses, and even left a few skateboards at the orphanage for the kids to keep.

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^ At noon, the kids had to get back to class so we loaded up the ramps and headed back to Punta Roca for lunch. After lunch, we unloaded the ramps at the local amphitheater / skate spot. Joel hosted a skate comp and at the end, we left the ramps there for the locs to keep. They couldn’t believe that we left the ramps for them. Before we showed up, they only had a busted up plastic kicker and a flat rail. We essentially quadrupled their spot. STOKED.

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We got to share about clean water today and by DOING what we’re passionate about.

Riding.

The following day was our last day in El Salvador. We spent the day working on our video, relaxing, and packing.

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ANNUAL TRIP DAY 6

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^ On our seventh day in El Salvador, we linked up with Living Water; a non-profit who happened to be down here in El Salvador the same time as us. So you know how we’ve been handing out water filters? Living Water drills clean water wells. We have a quick solution for QUALITY of water – they have a permanent solution for ACCESS of water. After the following experience, we saw firsthand both ends of the water crisis.

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^ The location Living Water was drilling at was pretty secluded. Our bus couldn’t even make it down the unpaved road. So, we piled in the back of a flatbed and mobbed to the location.

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^ Living Water had pretty much finished drilling the well by the time we showed up. They had been working on it for a few days. So, while the rest of the crew put the finishing touches on the well, a local led us on a crazy hike.

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^ The local showed us a HAND DUG well that the neighboring Maricio Family dug years ago. It took the family two summers to dig and since then, they have been selling clean water to their neighbors. We saw an active volcano, plants with insanely sharp thorns, and a few other old wells that are no longer in use.

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And that was our seventh day in El Salvador. We’ve now seen firsthand, solutions to both ends of the clean water crisis –

  1. QUALITY – People can access a potentially clean water source like a river, lake, or stream, but the water is filthy and they have no way to clean it.
  1. ACCESS – People can’t even GET clean water.

Now yes, this location HAS clean water thanks to the Maricio Family BUT, the hand built well isn’t the most efficient. Living Water steps in in situations like these and installs efficient wells which will provide entire communities clean water.

So we here at Ride4Water deal with clean water QUALITY. Living Water deals with clean water ACCESS. We learned a ton today getting to witness a well being drilled and it’s great to see both sides of the spectrum.

The next day, we went to an orphanage and hosted a skate comp…

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ANNUAL TRIP DAY

 

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^ To start our sixth day in El Salvador, some of us caught the sunrise to get some more video footage, some of us caught some waves, and some of us tested our skate ramps by launching in to our pool…

Don’t tell our property manager about that last thing…

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^ At 10AM we loaded up van and headed to Punta Roca to meet the locals and distribute water filters.

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^ Humberto (far left), aka Chi Chi Chi, was one of our contacts here in El Salvador and is from Punta Roca. A few weeks ago, he went around and told families that we were coming down with the clean water filters. He compiled a list of families for us to drop off filters with so we followed his lead and had some eye opening experiences.

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We’re just gonna let the following photos speak for themselves…

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Pretty intense scenes huh?

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^ Once we were done working in the village, we skated, surfed, and reflected on our day. See that rail Joel is boardsliding though? Him and his pops MADE it today after they worked in the village. They brought it to that amphitheater and shredded with the locs.

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^ Earlier in the day, we dropped a filter off with Humberto’s mom at the elementary school she cooks at. Once we got back home, she came over and cooked us Pupusas – an El Salvadorian original. Pupusas are kinda like a calzone and they’re soooo good…

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This day was a long day.

The help we provided today was hardly a dent in the water crisis though. It broke our hearts that we couldn’t help evvvery family in Punta Roca. The ones we did get to help were so grateful though. The parents will hopefully start using these filters and educating their children about the importance of drinking clean water.

The next day, we linked up with Living Water, and watched them deal with the other end of the clean water spectrum… ACCESS.

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