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Friday, December 21, 2012
Updated: December 25, 8:13 PM ET
Etnies holiday shoe drive

By Robin Fleming
ESPN.com

Santa rips.

Etniesfounder and ex-professional skateboarder Pierre-Andre Senizergues and numerous etnies team riders hosted 360 local kids from various Orange County non-profits for their annual holiday festival and shoe donation last Monday at the etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, Calif.

The kids happily lined up to get their photos taken with Santa Claus and while etnies employees manned the carnival tents to run the games and to pass out presents the kids went nuts as they tore the wrapping paper off of their brand new kicks. 

For Don Brown, Sole Technology's VP of Marketing, Christmas at the skatepark is one of his favorite times of the year

"Etnies believes Christmas is a special time for kids all over the world. For nine years we've helped share the Christmas spirit for local children's charities at the etnies skatepark. Over the years I've seen the sparkle in the eyes of about 5,000 kids as they get their gift from etnies, definitely one of the best moments of every year. There's no better feeling in the world than helping kids in need celebrate Christmas with a new pair of etnies," Brown said.

On hand to celebrate with the kids were skateboarders Nick Garcia, David Reyes, Aidan Campbell, Alex Midler, and Chris Del Moro. The highlight of the day for the kids was watching Santa shred the skatepark. Laced up in his red Sheckler Maranas, Santa skated through a lineup of high fives from the kids. On hand to coach Claus through his tricks was veteran professional skateboarder turned Emerica team manager, Heath Kirchart. Not only did these kids get free shoes, they got to watch Kirchart skate, which is at the top of many a skater's wish list.

The day left smiles on the faces of etnies staff and skaters to rival the grins on the kid's faces as they headed home with their new shoes, a photo with Santa, and a special holiday memory.

Happy campers!