Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Los Angeles culture goes extreme: Xtreme Sports lesson package giveaway

(Photo: ZJ Boarding House bench in Santa Monica courtesy of LocalPAGES)

As you know, we at ExperienceLA.com are big advocates of local arts, culture and trying out new things in Los Angeles. So, when our friends at LocalPAGES (an L.A.-based online directory for small businesses) asked us to help spread the word about their summer promotion, we were happy to support them.

Now through August 26, LocalPAGES is giving away several surf and skate-related prizes from their partners ZJ Boarding House (a mom and pop skateboard shop in Santa Monica), Xtreme SoCal (Santa Clarita-based extreme sports speciality shop), and several others. Entry into the weekly drawing is simple, requiring only a "like" endorsement on the LocalPAGES Facebook fan page. Other opportunities exist to receive more entries, with a final grand prize drawing on August 26 to receive a Dog Town complete skateboard from ZJ Boarding House, a 4 foot grind box from Liberty Skate, and an Arbor Mission longboard complete from Purple Skunk Board Shop.

In addition to promoting LocalPAGES' Facebook page, the "Bring the Gnar!" sweepstakes highlights the importance of local businesses, which contribute greatly to the health and vitality of the communities in which they serve. To that, we say, "yay!"

We're also excited to let XLA readers know that through this partnership (and in line with our endorsement of trying new things), LocalPAGES has provided us with two jam-packed introductory "Xtreme Sports Lesson Package" courtesy of Xtreme Sports SoCal. Each lesson package offers a chance to experience the sub-culture of extreme sporting in Los Angeles through five instructional sessions: Warm Up, Get Dirty, Get Wet, Xtreme High and Cool Down. Winners can choose from activities ranging from yoga, belly dancing, personal training, kickboxing, or meeting with a nutritionist for a consultation in the Warm Up category; motocross, airsoft, horseback riding, paintball or skateboarding in the Get Dirty category; surfing, scuba diving or Xtreme water adventures in the Get Wet category; skydiving in the Get High category; and snowboarding, skiing or tubing in the Cool Down category.

All you have to do is tell us how you support local and why you should be selected to win an Xtreme Sport lesson package. Send your stories to "staff at experiencela dot com" by August 31, and we'll review the stories and select the two best entries.  Entries can be written form (300 words or less), or photographs (include a brief description that explains the above requirements), or video (60 seconds or less).

Hey, even if this kind of L.A. experience isn't your cup of coffee (or tea), you probably know someone who would be interested, so be sure to tell them about this giveaway, and don't forget to visit LocalPAGES' Facebook page to tell them "thank you" for this opportunity. And if it isn't for you, ExperienceLA.com has got plenty other less extreme, but just as exciting and fun, suggestions for you to enjoy the great outdoors in Los Angeles.

Good luck to all entrants and enjoy the rest of the summer!


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