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Student entrepreneur inspires others with early success

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

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 management major, has already amounted to a remarkable level of success at just 22. Where did this ...

Chico State athletes wow at Wake Fest

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

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 across Sycamore Pool in Bidwell Park by a dual-winch system that launched the riders over a 24-foot ...

Snowboarders, skiers flock to Rail Jam event in City Plaza

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

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 social media company, Soul id. Current Chico State Wildcat Ben Sampson and former 'Cat Greg Bellinger...

Snowboarders, skiers will shred in first Rail Jam

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

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 at 6 p.m. on Friday.The event is being held to launch a new social network platform called Soul id, sp...

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