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A World Without Pros & CEOs

By February 16, 2007

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A World Without Pros or CEOsIASC, the International Association of Skateboard Companies, made a website called A World Without Pros. Check it out. It talks about how selling and buying blank skateboards undermines skateboarding as a whole, and how eventually pro skaters won't be able to live off of skateboarding. The site explains that the innovation, encouragement, and drive that pro skaters provide will disappear. The site has quotes from Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley and Tony Hawk. The website definitely takes the issue seriously, and comes along side an article in Transworld Business called "Skateboarding Under Fire" that attacks generic boards, and their buyers and sellers.

In reaction to all of this, a guy named Neal Boyd (“a skateboarder in Louisiana”) put together his own site called A World Without CEOs. Check it out, too. Neal does a pretty thorough job in explaining why he sees IASCs claims, and the statements of the pro skaters, as hypocritical. He explored the Skateboarding Under Fire article, and gives a very different perspective on things. Neal's main point seems to be that it's not the skaters buying blank decks that is going to kill skateboarding, it's selling skateboards in mall chains and mega stores that undermines the small local skate shops, which are a core piece to local skateboarding scenes. His tone is light, humble, and easy to read even though he's tackling a major issue.

I encourage you to look over both websites, and create your own opinions. For even more to chew on, take a look at Chris Steven's article, Just Because it's Cheaper, Does it Really Cost Less? This is a topic on a lot of people's minds, and it's a good idea to at least find out what's going on! No one can ever tell you how to skate, but there are people who can mold how popular skating looks and feels. I doubt these people are evil, but the issue is pretty deep. Take a look at this stuff, get educated, leave a comment below, or talk about it more in the Skateboard Forum!

Image © Neal Boyd


February 16, 2007 at 8:19 pm
(1) Oscar Cala says:

A world without a pros, will be a world without motivation for a lot of people, a world without CEOs will be a world where the skateboarding is more accesible for people WITHOUT money.

WITHOUT is the keyword!

February 17, 2007 at 8:03 pm
(2) whorebot says:

So all pros will suddenly quit if they can’t make a living off of their trade? Please. I reckon most will still skate because they absolutely love it and would continue to do so even if they didn’t make a penny from skating. And they will still film it and distribute it for the world to see. It’s fun and you want to show off your skills. That’s what so many no-name skaters have been and are still doing. I can find inspiration from them on youtube. I didn’t start skating because of a pro, and I won’t stop if there aren’t any around.

February 17, 2007 at 10:30 pm
(3) John says:

This is odd because I buy from my local skateshop (their brand board) and my local Mall’s Pac Sun dosen’t sell skateboards. But yeah I agree with “A World Without CEOs” BECAUSE the money from an Element Board dose not go strat to Bam Margare it is who ever owns Elment. Element just pays Bam to endorse there stuff by skating. And most people who bu blanks are just New to skateboarding and going to buy a Pro Board anyway.

February 25, 2007 at 10:55 pm
(4) jish says:

uhm i lost my chocolate… i can’t find it i was wondering if you could help me?

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