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Ben Sampson, founder of the athletic social network, Soul id, enjoys one of his favorite extreme sports sports. Photo courtesy of Ben Sampson.

Student entrepreneur inspires others with early success

December 13, 2015

For many college students, making it to every class in one week is a major accomplishment. But for one Chico State student in particular, the bar has been set a bit higher. Ben Sampson, senior project...

Thomas Costa prepares for the launch off the big ramp during Soul ids Wake Fest at Sycamore Pool on Sept. 11. Photo credit: John Domogma

Chico State athletes wow at Wake Fest

Sabrina Grislis // September 22, 2015

  Soul id, a Chico-based social media website for action sport athletes and photographers, hosted the 2015 Wake Fest, the first wakeboarding event in Chico history. The competitors were pulled...

Kenji Dorsey-Imabori clears the rail as the crowd looks on during Soul ids Rail Jam competition in downtown Chico on Friday. Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Snowboarders, skiers flock to Rail Jam event in City Plaza

Lars Gustafson // February 23, 2015

For the first time in Chico’s history, snowboarders and skiers performed tricks at the City Plaza on Friday night. The Soul id Rail Jam was the first live event for the emerging extreme sports...

Soul ids Eli Libby, public relations director (left), Ben Sampson, founder and CEO (middle), and Kyle Nelson, marketing director (right), are excited to cover Chicos City Plaza in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Snowboarders, skiers will shred in first Rail Jam

Nick Bragg // February 18, 2015

The normally bone dry City Plaza in Downtown Chico is going to be covered in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Snowboarders and skiers across the North State are going to be throwing down their tricks...

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