OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Mission Viejo, Calif. – April 8, 2008 – The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) brought together skateboarding industry leaders at Woodward West, one of the world's largest and most respected skate camps, to discuss the top concerns facing skateboarding. Transworld Business was there and complete coverage of the event can be found HERE.
From April 2nd through the 4th the group of approximately 70 people attended workshops, panels, and listened to keynote speakers discuss the future of skateboarding and walked away with a few solutions, a bit of inspiration, and a significant 'to-do' list facing the IASC.
Pierre Andre Senizerguez kicked off the summit with an inspirational look at skateboarding's history and reminded the group to always think of the image of skateboarding for future skateboarders. Other Summit topics ranged from an informative look at the future of amateur competition to hard goods distribution in two intense sessions with retailers. Keynote speaker Andrew Smith related his experience with the growth of Harley Davidson to that of skateboarding, giving some key points on potential threats to the industry. Heavy hitters on the government panel, including Tom Campion, Founder of Zumeiz, and Kori Eisenhauer of the Motion Pictures Association of America encouraged everyone to let skateboarding's pros and brands focus on the image they portray while IASC does the "dirty work" of putting skateboarding in a positive light and encouraging government officials to tame the discrimination skateboarders face every day.
"I walked away from the 1st Annual IASC Industry Summit with so much info that I needed some Advil to calm my headache," said Ryan Clements of Skatepark of Tampa. "The various panels were informative as well as interactive, the company was superb, and Woodward West was the perfect location. From getting to participate in Create-A-Skate to the presentation from the Harley Davidson VP, I was entertained the entire time. If you need an inspirational retreat to the mountains and new ideas to take home to apply to your business, make sure you plan on attending in 2009!"
Skateboarding each day on the multitude of terrain at Woodward West gave everyone a chance to breathe and yet kept the focus on skateboarding. Late night bowling, cocktailing, and s'mores around the campfire kept the run and the conversations rolling. The Summit awards on the second evening recognized the efforts of the founding members of IASC who are still in action thirteen years later.
Ryan broke it down to the basics on skateparkoftampa.com, "The food was great, the booze was flowing, and there were some great ideas exchanged. I'm looking forward to this being a yearly outing. Thanks to IASC, Woodward, and all of the participants for the good time."
The IASC Skateboarding Industry Summit was the first skateboarding specific conference held in this decade. Two previous conferences were produced by TransWorld Business, which also sponsored the 2008 IASC Summit together with Action Sports Retailer (ASR), Fed Ex, and Surf Expo.
"The summit serves as a catalyst for great ideas and future initiatives." Says Bob Denike, President and CEO of NHS and founders award recipient. "I am confident IASC and everyone involved in these initiatives will continue to have real impact on skateboarding's future."
The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), www.skateboardiasc.org, is a nonprofit 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.