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