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IASC, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center, the Polk Museum of Art and the Boardr are celebrating skateboarding’s place in history and culture on Go Skateboarding Day this year at Lakeland Skatepark, come join us!


Innoskate 2014



Keynote Speaker for 2014 IASC Summit – Gary Vaynerchuk
Author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How To Tell Your Story In A Noisy, Social World.

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., (March 2014) – The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2014 IASC Skateboarding Summit, May 14-16, as well as inductees for the 5th Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame on May 15. The Summit and SHOF will be held at the beautiful Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif. Registration is open now and Early Bird Discounts expire on April 11.
The IASC Skateboarding Summit is a 3-day experience that brings skateboard industry leaders together in a non-competitive environment in order to educate, connect, inspire, and broaden perspectives. Enthusiasts are encouraged to spread knowledge and relay a positive sense of community within the active sports world.
This year IASC is proud to host keynote speaker, Gary Vaynerchuk. Already considered a quintessential maven of modern-day marketing, Gary is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, as well as a self-trained wine and social media expert. In high school, while working at his family-owned liquor store, Gary started reading The Wine Spectator, among other wine books, and realized collecting wine offered an allure similar to his previous hobby of collecting baseball cards. With a newfound wealth of knowledge, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a clear recognition of the emergence of e-commerce, in 1997 Gary launched Winelibrary.com, which helped grow his family business from $3 million to $45 million by 2005. Although Gary does not consider himself to be a “techie,” he began video blogging in 2005 and established himself as a true social media trailblazer. Gaining nearly 1 million Twitter followers, Gary was included in BusinessWeek’s list of Top 20 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow.
In the spring of 2009, Gary and his brother A.J. launched VaynerMedia, a cutting-edge branding agency that helps Fortune 500 companies, like General Electric and PepsiCo, to distinguish a voice and online presence in order to stand out among the noise of the digital age.

Gary’s passion for his business and entrepreneurial spirit directly translates to everyone that works in our industry. The fact he has built up a following of smart marketers from within skateboarding is a testament to the universal strength of the information he shares and the strategies he lives and breathes. Having a chance to learn from someone with his grasp on modern digital marketing is an opportunity that no one who is trying to figure out better ways to engage their consumers or grow their brands in our connected world should miss!” –Josh Friedberg, Executive Director, International Association of Skateboard Companies.

Gary Vaynerchuck will join Summit attendees from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16 for his keynote speech, Q&A, and signing of his latest book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. Gary’s appearance is made possible thanks to generous support from Vans. For those not attending the full Summit, a limited number of tickets will be available for Gary’s session online at: http://garyvee.eventbrite.com
The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icon Awards ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. May 15. The awards ceremony honors the skateboarders, industry pioneers, and cultural icons who have left a permanent imprint on the history of skateboarding and our culture. The 2014 inductees include: Gregg Carroll, Jim Muir, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Natas Kaupas, Laurie Turner DeMott and Ellen Oneal Deason.
The night will include a Happy Hour, starting at 5:00, a VIP meet-and-greet cocktail party at 6:30, which will lead into the Awards Ceremony. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit efforts of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the Go Skateboarding Foundation’s Just One Board initiative. All Summit attendees are guaranteed entrance to the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony, which sold out last year, with more than 400 attendees. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame is open to the public.
Following the Summit, make sure to catch the Vans Pool Party Contest at the Vans Skatepark located seven miles from Summit on Saturday, May 17th. 20 City Blvd W #2, Orange, CA 92868.
For information on registration for the 2014 IASC Summit, visit: http://bit.ly/2014iascsummit
For tickets to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, please visit: http://2014shof.eventbrite.com
For registration questions, please contact Jardine Hammond: jardine@theiasc.org

SAVE THE DATE – 2014 IASC Summit May 14-16, 2014.
2014 Skateboarding Hall of Fame May 15, 2014.
Tickets on sale for both events March 15, 2014. See you in May!

SAVE THE DATE - 2014 IASC Summit May 14-16, 2014. 2014 Skateboarding Hall of Fame May 15, 2014.

Okay, we’re just a little excited about this one! For the 10-year Anniversary of Go Skateboarding Day, IASC has partnered with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the National Museum of American History to produce Innoskate, a two-day celebration of innovation in skateboarding on June 21 and 22, 2013.
Details are forthcoming, but guaranteed it’s going to big a huge day for skateboarding!
Rodney Mullen visited the Lemelson Center last summer to get things rolling, enjoy his discussion of the intersection skateboarding, invention and innovation. It’s amazing to hear Rodney articulate what skateboarding means to so many of us in a way you’ve probably never even considered.

We’re excited to announce the dates for the 6th Annual IASC Skateboarding Summit and the 4th Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California.
The Summit runs from May 8-10, 2013 with the Hall of Fame the evening of May 9th. All Summit attendees are guaranteed entrance to the Hall of Fame which sold out last year with over 400 attendees.
We’re backed up once again by the amazing skating at the Vans Pool Party on May 11th. Vans Skatepark is less than three miles from our location and Disneyland is right up the block if you want to bring the family.
It’s going to be a great four days of skateboarding education, networking and fun. Registration begins early February. Put it on your calendar now, we hope to see you in May.
2013 Save the Date: IASC Summit and Skateboarding Hall of Fame

2013 IASC Board of Directors
2013 IASC Board of Directors: Hunter Muraira – Nike, Steve Van Doren – Vans, Steve Lake – Sector 9, Chairman Don Brown – Sole Technology, VP Glenn Brumage – Wabsono, Josh Friedberg – IASC, Jeff Taylor – DC, Johnny Schillereff – Element, Frank Messmann – Black Box, Monica Campana – TransWorld, Not pictured: Bod Boyle – Dwindle, Dave Swift – The Skateboard Mag, Per Welinder – Blitz, Tim Gavin – DVS, Tod Swank – Tum Yeto
Photo: Chris Kimball
We held an open Board Meeting at Agenda with nine of our fourteen IASC Board Members in attendance. The aptly named ‘Beers with the Board’ brought in a good crowd, as Jeff Harbaugh pointed out, “they had a keg so what would you expect.”
Along with outlining IASC’s 2013 events and initiatives, we proudly unveiled our partnership with Aflac and the ability to offer IASC members Aflac Accident Insurance at a substantial discount with no pre-existing condition exclusions. It’s not health insurance, but it’s a great stop-gap for all the companies wanting to take care of their 1099 employees in case they get hurt. For less than $500 a year it also makes a great deal of sense as supplemental coverage for those with health insurance. Learn more about Aflac Accident Insurance today.

If you’re at Agenda, please join us for an open board meeting this afternoon at 4:00 pm, room 102B. We’ll be announcing details of our partnership with Aflac to offer reduced rate accident coverage for all our members and catching up on all our initiatives for 2013 and beyond. Oh, and free beer too while it lasts. Hope to see you there!