Industry News 5/30/2007

IASC News for May 2007 - Go Skateboarding Day Recognized By U.S. Congress & More

IASC May 2007 Newsletter 
 
In This Issue 

  • Go Skateboarding Day Recognized By U.S. Congress!
  • Public Skatepark Development Guide is Now Available for FREE!
  • Skateboarding Participation Up 5%
  • ASR Hooks Up IASC Members with Money Saving Discounts!
    Upcoming Events

IASC Welcomes 2007 New Members!  
Cliche Skateboards
Sh*t Skateboard Company
Sk8ology
 
 
Go Skateboarding Day Recognized By U.S. Congress! 
IASC is excited to announce that June 21st has officially been proclaimed Go Skateboarding Day by the U.S. House of Representatives! Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D- CA,Orange County) recognized June 21st as the official holiday of skateboarding as well as IASC for the work done encouraging young people to get outside and skate.

Thanks to the support of Fed Ex, IASC recently sent out over 800 GSD kits to retailers and manufacturers to help the holiday celebrations get rolling and put the word out to skateboarders around the globe. After the huge success of events last year, the number of people on skateboards this June 21st will be huge! Promotions for the 4th annual holiday are taking place on web sites, in skateparks, at retailers and many are happening in multiple locations promising to show the strength in numbers of the skateboarding community.

The holiday is coming quickly as you can tell by the list of events lining up on Goskateboardingday.org and June 21st is looming large on your iCal. Here are just a few of the highlights so far; Jessup Grip Tape , will be giving out free sheets of grip at retailers across the U.S. The AST Dew Tour is supporting Go Skateboarding Day with the opening stop of the tour taking place on June 21st in Baltimore. Proffessor Schmitt will be holding it down in Baltimore where skate shop employees will learn how to make a skateboard through the Create A Skate program. Element skateboards will be hosting the worldwide premier of their film 'This is My Element' on the official holiday of skateboarding! IASC has joined together with ASR again this year to support retailer events with the DocuMENTAL contest which sends winning retailers to ASR in San Diego. You could win a launch ramp & grindrail combo in the Freshpark GSD Sweepstakes. Cowtown in Arizona has so many events and promotions going down in multiple locations, we can't even list them all!

List your event or look for events in your area and around the globe on GoSkateboardingday.org. 
 
Public Skatepark Development Guide is Now Available for FREE! 
 
IASC is excited to announce the release of the .Public Skatepark Development Guide.

After years in the making, the most comprehensive handbook for skatepark advancement is finally available. IASC together with Skaters for Public Skateparks and the Tony Hawk Foundation has released the 128-page guide that every city in the US should have and made it available at no charge*. The guide, with cover art by renowned skateboard artist Andy Jenkins, was written by Peter Whitley of Skaters for Public Skateparks, and printed by DM Steele Printing.

IASC is dedicated to increasing the number of new, well built skateparks in the US and we hope this guidebook will give the knowledge and guidance needed to advance every skatepark advocate in every city across the nation.

Get the Guide Here
 
Skateboarding Participation Up 5% 

Skateboarding has increased in overall participation by 5.2% from 2005 - 2006 according to the SGMA 2007 Sports Participation Report. This is after a 4.5% drop from 2004 - 2005. Skateboarding has shown a six year increase of 2.7% in comparison with mainstream sports such as baseball and basketball which have both shown a decrease in participation.


For more detailed information on the skateboard market contact IASC at 949-455-1112.
 
ASR Hooks Up IASC Members with Money Saving Discounts! 

IASC has negotiated some of the best discounts in history for IASC members exhibiting at ASR trade show. Take advantage of these discounts and you could save your company the equivalent of your IASC dues!

Save hundreds on GES with a 10% discount on six hours of service. Use restaurant discounts for big savings when you take your staff or clients out for dinner. And thanks to IASC, skate hard goods manufacturers can now save ½ their normal booth price!

For the full listing of discounts please contact Johnbernards@skateboardiasc.org. Join IASC today to receive your discounts at the next show!
 
Upcoming Events
 
May 25, Slam City Jam, Canada
June 7, Quiksilver Bowlriders, Malmo, Sweden
June 21 GO SKATEBOARDING DAY, WORLDWIDE
June 21, AST Dew Tour, Boston, MA
June 29, CPH Pro, Copenhagen, Denmark
 
IASC- Pushing Skateboarding Forward
About IASC: The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC),
http://www.skateboardiasc.org, is a non- profit organization that represents the United Voice of the skateboard industry. Driven by skate industry leaders, IASC goals include; Promoting skateboarding, Increasing participation, Education, and Saving members money.