SOURCE: International Association of Skateboard Companies

January 22, 2008 18:33 ET

IASC Announces the 5th Annual International Go Skateboarding Day

Skateboarders to Celebrate on First Day of Summer, June 21, 2008

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) announced today the 5th Annual International Go Skateboarding Day (GSD) will be held this year on the first day of summer, Saturday, June 21, 2008.

Go Skateboarding Day, founded by IASC, is recognized internationally by skateboarders, skateboard companies and the industry as a whole as an official holiday and continues to grow exponentially each year; both the number of people who celebrate it and the number of events taking place in its honor around the globe.

"This day allows anyone, devoted skater or first-timer, to celebrate the exhilarating spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world, skateboarding," said John Bernards, executive director of IASC and GSD spokesperson. "For this one day, you can let loose and skate as a community -- it's your holiday. Whether you carve hills on a longboard or grind at the park, it doesn't matter -- if it has four wheels, ride it!"

On GSD, skateboard industry manufacturers and retailers, along with influential and professional riders help to fuel the energy and growth of skateboarding by producing events in different cities across the globe. Much credit is also due to the millions of kids that spread the word of the holiday and create their own events. Skateboarders can look forward to a handful of new initiatives this year including: a series of collectable posters -- the first has been created by pro-skateboarder and Toy Machine Skateboards and RVCA artist, Ed Templeton; a retail window decorating contest; new branding; and countless new events that leaders in the skate industry and various skate companies/skate shops will execute around the world.

"I am honored to create the first poster for GSD," said Ed Templeton, professional skateboarder and Toy Machine Skateboards and RVCA artist. "Millions of skaters taking to the streets depicts a powerful statement and if I can inspire and encourage more to do so then I've done my job."

This year the holiday falls on a Saturday, which means no school, no work, no excuse not to get outside and ride. The excitement for GSD is consistently growing worldwide and events are currently being planned to take place in Portugal, Africa, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Netherlands, Japan, England, Australia and Canada as well as hot spots in the United States such as Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Tampa, Dayton, Dallas and New York City.

Last year, millions of skateboarders participated in more than 600 events held worldwide and 800,000 people logged onto www.goskateboardingday.org. Highlights from GSD 2007 included numerous events sponsored by IASC members: Alien Workshop, Active Board Shop in Ohio who hosted an autograph signing session with pro-skaters, a BBQ and a skate jam; the KCDC Skate Shop and 5Boro in Brooklyn, NY brought together more than 2,500 people to skate together throughout the day. Element premiered their new team video at over 350 locations and held a BBQ and skate jam at their headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Check out how you can get involved or create your own event this year at www.goskateboardingday.org or www.skateboardiasc.org.

About IASC

The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), a non-profit organization that represents the united voice of the skateboard industry to the outside world, was founded in 1994. With the hiring of current executive director, John Bernards, in 2003, IASC was restructured into the organization that founded Go Skateboarding Day on June 21, 2004. Driven by skate industry leaders, IASC strives to promote skateboarding and increase participation and education of skating. For further information, please visit www.skateboardiasc.org.

About Go Skateboarding Day

Go Skateboarding Day, held June 21st of every year, is the official holiday of skateboarding. Event locations are disclosed at local skate shops and on www.goskateboardingday.org, where you will also find info on how to create your own event, fundraiser or rally, among other things. While the holiday grows, the mission remains the same: Go skateboarding and have fun!

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