SOURCE: World Skateboarding Federation

World Skateboarding Federation

April 21, 2015 14:39 ET

Global Skateboarding Awards Nominations Announced; Voting Now Open

Awards to Be Presented May 22 During the Opening Night Reception of the Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul, Turkey

ISTANBUL, TURKEY--(Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - World Skateboarding Federation today announced the nominees in the first-ever Global Skateboarding Awards to honor the outstanding philanthropic contributions of the skateboarding industry. The nominees were collected from our online campaign as well as top industry polling. The public can vote for nominees in seven categories: Skateboarder, Skate Park, Retailer, Brand, Nonprofit Organization, City/Municipality/Country and Lifetime Achievement. Voting is open today through May 1 at www.worldskateboardingfederation.com/gsa-vote.

The winners will be announced during the opening night reception of the Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, May 22. The purpose of the awards are to recognize the individuals and groups that best represent their commitment to the greater skateboarding community with initiatives for social responsibility, volunteerism and corporate citizenship.

The three-day summit, May 22-24, will be held at The Conrad Hotel Istanbul and include top speakers from the international skateboarding community. With skateboarding a budding contender for future Olympic games inclusion, the summit is designed to bring together skateboarders, organizations, groups, federations and associations, for the first time, in an effort to collaborate, organize and create a meaningful direction for the sport of skateboarding, while informing the skateboarding community about what to expect and answer any questions.

World Skateboarding Federation, a nonprofit governing body that is working with local and national organizations for the promotion of skateboarding, is the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. WSF supported more than 35 skateboarders to attend the Skateboarding World Championships last year in Kimberley, South Africa. WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations worldwide. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations.

"WSF is very active globally we feel it is a responsibility of a governing body such as ours to reach out and be supportive to all of skateboarding. The Global Skateboarding Awards are a way to honor those in the industry who lead by example and who demonstrate a commitment to giving back, whether it's corporate responsibility, social development or donating their own time to benefit others. Their inspiration, continued dedication and overall passion have helped fuel the growth of skateboarding worldwide, and through it, inspire others," said Tim McFerran, World Skateboarding Federation president.

The nominees for the 2015 Global Skateboarding Awards are:

Skateboarder of the Year
Tony Hawk
Ryan Sheckler
Jim Thiebaud
Pierre Andre Senizergues
Steve Rodriguez
Jost Arens

Retailer of the Year
KCDC New York
Cowtown
Skatepark of Tampa
The Boardr
Southside Houston
Subsect Iowa
Titus Germany

Nonprofit Organization
A-skates.org
Skateistan
Tony Hawk Foundation
LetitFlow.org
Girls Rider Organization
Skate for Homies
Grind for Life
Skatelife Canada
Stronghold Society
Skate aid
Next Up Foundation
Tanzania Skateboarding Miracle

Skate Park of the Year
Etnies Skate Park - Lake Forrest, California
Southside Skate Park - Houston, Texas
Kumba Skate Plaza - Kimberley, South Africa
Clairemont YMCA - San Diego County
Skatehalle Aurich - Northern Germany

Brand of the Year
Vans
Action Realize
Girls Rider Organization
Primitive
Loaded Boards
Powel Peralta

Lifetime Achievement Award
Tony Hawk
Steve Van Doren
Jeff Hoe
Jay Adams
Noel Korman
Stacy Peralta
Tony Alva
Steve Caballero
Jim Fitzpatrick
Paul Schmitt
Damian Hebert

City, Municipality, Country
City of Portland
City of LA
New York City Parks and Recreation
Mexico
Northern Cape South Africa
Australia
New Zealand

About the Global Skateboarding Summit

The purpose of the Global Skateboarding Summit is to bring together skateboarders, organizations, groups, federations, and associations, for the first time, in an effort to collaborate, organize and create a meaningful direction for the sport of skateboarding while supporting its athletes. Designed to be an annual meeting to help support skateboarders globally and further the growth of skateboarding, the summit will be packed with top tier speakers from the global skateboarding and international sports community. An exhibition area will be available for companies to share merchandise, activities and connect with the largest collection of global skateboarding athletes, retailers, manufacturers and brands. There will also be valuable networking and one-on-one meeting opportunities for attendees. To register for the summit as an attendee or exhibitor, visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

World Skateboarding Federation is the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skateparks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding Federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

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