IGSA IS DEAD. Initiate phase 2
An insane day in the world of downhill skateboarding.
The IGSA is over. I will never attend another race under that banner.
Today we had a rider coup, a mutiny. We took over the World Championships. Finally, irregardless of our sponsors, our cliques, our differences, we all stood together. Foolish decisions, poor execution, and a complete lack of planning plagued one of the best venues for downhill skateboarding.
Year after year, race after race we gave the IGSA a chance to show us their abilities and we were rewarded with little. Race tracks got worse (Teolo), prize purses evaporated (less money at the World Championships than the previous year’s world cup at the same venue?) , and an overall coverage decrease (how hard is it to update the website the same day?) The IGSA was no association. There’s a problem when the riders themselves, the people who ARE the event are not considered and especially thrown under the bus in place of money (don’t complain about losing money when it was your poor planning that got you there). The definition of an association is:
A group of people organized for a joint purpose.
Today, that is what we did. We, as a group of skateboarders, organized ourselves and ran our own race. We did not rely on anyone other than the very patient and understanding volunteers who decided to stay and help. Without them we would still be standing around, wondering where the sunlight went. This is real downhill skateboarding. This is what we all came here for. To unite, and to race.
I see great things for us in the future, and we will arrive there. The next few years of downhill skateboarding will be our best, because they will be ours.
Goodbye IGSA, goodbye Marcus. Thank you for your hard work. It was great while it lasted.
See you all soon, my downhill skateboard friends. Thank you all for today.” (via krlongboarding)
Do we want organized sport? Do we want drug testing, uniforms and Olympic games? Do we want fame and prize money? I started Snowboarding in 1990. I remember not being allowed to use ski-lifts because I was on a board. Well, try telling someone today you can’t go up a lift cause you’re not on skis! Back then we’d speak to each other, about gear, riding technique - today try stop a random snowboarder and go ‘hey, you’re a snowboarder too - where are you from and how did you get into this?’ He’d probably call the cops to lock me back where I escaped from.
I have seen what money and ”official” structure does to a core sport. I DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN to Downhill Skateboarding…