SBJ/September 2 - 8, 2002/Opinion

Pros of skateboarding ride with World Cup

I just returned from the X Games last night. My reading of SportsBusiness Journal fell two issues behind due to my being on the road with pro skateboard events.

In reading the Aug. 12 issue, my first thought was how great this issue is. All the articles and insight to action sports and most of it reading with informative detail.

So when I got to page 24 and saw that "Action sports organizing bodies" were listed, I scanned straight to the W's to see the listing of World Cup Skateboarding. It wasn't there! The listing for skateboarding is United Skateboard Association, which has a couple of amateur events to its credit. We know, like and work with Eric Monroe of this association. His deal is amateurs. He does a great job.

The business of World Cup Skateboarding is pro events. We've been in operation for nine years and before that we were National Skateboard Association, an organization started by Frank Hawk, Tony Hawk's father.

World Cup Skateboarding is the organizing and sanctioning body for skateboarding globally. We organize and give points to Van's Triple Crown of Skateboarding (which includes Slam City Jam), Globe Cup World Championships in Germany, the ESPN X Games, all ESPN qualifiers to the X Games, the Gravity Games, South American Championships (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Australian World Cup, Canadian Open, SE Asian Series, Phillips Fusion/Soul Bowl plus numerous other events.

We not only sanction but we also travel with a full staff that organizes these events — directors, registration, judges, scoring, Web site, announcer, timer, starter, etc.

WCS is the sanctioning body that will link all amateur events together to a national championship. We're working with organizations such as Eric Monroe's United Skateboard Association, Osiris Next Cup, etc.

Please check our web site (http://www.wcsk8.com). You'll find rankings, contest information, schedules, coverage, links to the events, bios of the pros and a history of WCS.

Thanks for all the great coverage of action sports. This particular issue is packed with it and it's well done.

Danielle Bostick

Auburn, Calif.

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