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It seems like one of the ongoing challenges for a lot of social skateboarding projects is accessing quality skateboards, safety gear (and even shoes!) in the locations where they are operating. 

Is there some way we can get organized to use the extra baggage allowance that traveling skateboarders have to link up with equipment donors and carry the stuff over to skate projects in countries that have high shipping/customs fees?

Thoughts / ideas?

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Hi Rhianon, 

Can we do a "Ride Board" here? Travelers can post their travel details, including location, dates, and available cargo capacity. This way project coordinators and even independent skaters in isolated locations can connect to each other to get gear. This would be very cool! 

Ride Board

Shane, I like this idea.

People can either post in here, or, if the idea takes off, could start a thread in each of the regional sections to this forum (ie. Asia sub-forum). People could also put out requests like "If anyone is traveling from the UK to Nepal can you bring a donation of boards we have from a skate shop in London..."

Another idea, is that anyone who is traveling can look at the social skate map and then contact the projects in the areas they are going to, to ask if they can help carry anything over, or offer to bring any skate gear donations they've collected. We hope to be setting up a DM (direct message) feature on this website soon, which would make that relatively easy to do!

There are also organizations like Donate for Skate that do a great job of collecting quality skate gear, so maybe they could use this network to help find people to transport the donations to the various places, or even maximizing the baggage allowance of volunteers who are going over for builds etc. With a bit of organization we could get a lot of gear to places. 

Now, safe storage of the skate equipment... that's another topic!