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Mission Statement

The Skate International Distance and Supercross Association’s (SkateIDSA) mission is to promote skateboard racing & competition in all its forms (LDP/Distance, Garage, and Skateboard Supercross [SBSX]), we will grow participation by providing a consistent governing body and assistance to those with a shared interest in the sport.

It is our aim to grow global awareness of the sport by supporting skateboard racing conducted in a way that is exciting and safe for all participants.  We hope to spread acceptance of the sport throughout communities through assisting in the organization of legal (non-outlaw) sanctioned insured competitions.

SkateIDSA showcases skateboarding as part of a healthy and positive lifestyle that is appropriate for all ages and skill levels.  We believe that skateboarding is a lasting form of transportation, fitness and ultimately an inspiring form of competition.

Long Distance Skateboarding, or Long Distance Push/Pump (LDP) is the main discipline of the IDSA. Worldwide races take place and rank participants on an annual basis, with trophies and per-race prizes.

Typical race formats are:

5k
10k
25k
Marathon (26.2 Miles)
Ultraskate (24 Hours)

Urban Downhill (also known as garage racing), a newer addition to the IDSA league, hosts racers from all over the globe in a fun and thrilling sanctioned downhill format.

Urban Downhill race points are included in annual cumulative totals and will affect your overall ranking.

SBSX racing incorporates pumptracks that may include sharp turns, high speeds, or jumps.

SBSX races vary in nature. More information can be found at SkateboardSupercross.com

Stand Up Paddle incorporates the use of a paddle to propel a racer forward, making use of different muscle regions and creating a different race.

Stand Up Paddle racing is divided into two subsections:

Pump/Kick
Pump Only

Pump/Kick participants may use their legs as a means of travel in addition to an external paddle.

History

The history of distance skateboarding began in 1959 with Longboarding/Skateboarding, which originated in Oahu, Hawaii, when surfers began using longboarding/skateboarding to train, when there weren’t any waves. In the beginning it was called Sidewalk Surfing and the first boards were made from skies or wood planks with metal wheels taken from roller skates.

After a while people realized that clay wheels were more safe, but the young sport was still too unsafe and its popularity declined until the arrival of urethane wheels in the early 1970s, which were safer, smoother and with more grip. However with the increase usability came an increasing daringness and recklessness that drove up the price of insurance for events and skateparks. As result the sport suffered another decline in popularity until the early 1990s.

Fueled by the international popularity of skateboard celebrities like Tony Hawk, a growing group of aging skateboarders and a public that was a lot more willing to try new outdoor sports, combined with snowboarders turning to longboarding in the summer for similar experiences, distance skateboarding started carving out its own niche. By the turn of the century distance skateboarding was officially no longer a fad, but a serious sport with immense international growth and serious consideration as a viable source of transportation.

Executive Board of Directors

Joner Strauss

Joner Strauss

Andrew Andras

Andrew Andras

Kaspar Heinrici

Kaspar Heinrici

Calleigh Little

Calleigh Little

International Directors

Jery Baan

Jery Baan

SkateIDSA Europe

Lennart Van De Peppel

Lennart Van De Peppel

SkateIDSA Europe

Artur Maneiro

Artur Maneiro

SkateIDSA Brazil

Raymond Tan

Raymond Tan

SkateIDSA Asia

Jihe Gao

Jihe Gao

SkateIDSA Asia

Committee Directors

Daniel Jardine

Daniel Jardine

Urban Downhill