Above is one of the seven hundred plus skateboards that I designed last year – but it would probably never be used by the skateboarders or licensed by manufacturers because of this – whether they ever see them, like the designs or not –
The IASC was established in 1995 by Jim Fitzpatrick, with the goal of promoting skateboarding, increase participation, saving its members money and educating the community about skateboarding. Its members include skateboard manufacturers, distributors, skatepark designers and contest organisers.
In part, the initial establishment of the association was prompted by industry concerns about the sale of blank (un-branded) skateboard decks. In 1994, during the months before the establishment of the association, representatives of various skateboarding companies met to discuss their concerns. In particular, companies were concerned about the proliferation of un-branded decks for sale in skate shops and other retail outlets that had not been produced by one of the major skate brands. These decks carried no logos or associated designs and were produced by manufacturers that (according to the companies) did not contribute to the sponsorship of skateboarders, venues or events. The association was officially established the following year.
In 2007, the IASC released a report, produced in conjunction with Transworld Skateboarding titled, Under Fire: A special report on the skate hard-goods market. In it, the IASC detailed the impact of blank deck sales on the wider industry and encouraged skaters to only buy and ride branded decks and to wear branded clothing at competitions. The IASC also resolved to encourage media outlets to only publish stories with images that included skaters supporting their sponsors’ brands.
As a result of the campaign, a number of manufacturers discontinued direct sale of blank decks (though a number continued to supply IASC member companies).
In any other industry, business or commercial enterprise, that would be called collusion and intentionally setting up unfair practices to monopolize and control the marketplace for one type of commodity. But not in this apparently – they can group together and determine to exclude all others that are not endorsed by specific skateboarding pros – hmmmm.
This was something I just found a couple weeks ago – not last year when I was designing all these extreme designs on skateboards at Zazzle. Oh well – they’re still nifty skateboards whether they have the approval of some “accepted” pro-backing manufacturer or not. What a shame that the world will never see them as a result of the industry’s willingness to exclude anyone else.
It looks like the snowboarding and similar extreme sporting specialties may be the same way – what a way to monopolize the designs and products that are available to those who might enjoy the sport – especially those who aren’t “professionals” in it. That is obscene.
They are, by agreement amongst themselves – insisting that no other skateboard deck designs are even photographed for the public to see – unbelievable.