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Sunday, November 7, 2010


The new skate legends: Patti McGee, Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist


From Press Release

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.

Six new Skate legends Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist and Patti McGee will be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame during an “invite-only” event in Los Angeles, California’s The Cooper Building. Guests will also get to see a live musical performance and bid on a large selection of skateboarding memorabilia with proceeds going to the Go Skateboarding Foundation.


Patti McGee: Our first female skateboard champion and now our new Legend!
Check here an hilarious commercial of Patti McGee

“Skateboardings rich culture has been built around iconic heroes that have helped to take skateboarding to another level of progression, inspiration and fun,” said John Bernards IASC executive director. “IASC recognizes the importance of honoring the pros that made skateboarding what it is today” without those icons and legends the tricks skateboarders are doing today would not exist. This year’s inductees represent the best, most progressive skateboarding from 1960 to 2010 and we congratulate each of them on their accomplishments.”

Here is the text of the release:

The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and Skatelab are proud to announce the skateboarding icons that will be inducted for the Skateboarding Hall of Fame: Torger Johnson, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist and the first female inductee, Patti McGee.

Stacy Peralta was already a legend in 1977. Ph Jim Goodrich
This year’s invite”only event will be hosted at The Cooper Building in Los Angeles, CA on December 4th, 2010. In addition to a live musical performance, guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers and have the opportunity to bid on a large selection of invaluable memorabilia at both a silent and live auction. Proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit the Go Skateboarding Foundation which sends kids to skatecamp on a scholarship and supports skateboarding related charities “Skateboardings rich culture has been built around iconic heroes that have helped to take skateboarding to another level of progression, inspiration and fun,” said John Bernards IASC executive director. “IASC recognizes the importance of honoring the pros that made skateboarding what it is today” without those icons and legends the tricks skateboarders are doing today would not exist. This year’s inductees represent the best, most progressive skateboarding from 1960 to 2010 and we congratulate each of them on their accomplishments.”

Last year’s Skateboarding Hall of Fame’s inaugural celebration and fundraiser was held at the Vans Skatepark at the Block in Orange, CA and was joined by hundreds from the skateboard community. Last year’s honorees included skateboarding icons: Tony Alva, Bruce Logan, Danny Way and Tony Hawk. The celebration was created to recognize and honor the history of skateboarding and those influential figures that have significantly shaped the sport throughout the years.

“The goal of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum is to assure that these legendary skateboarders are recognized by their peers and will be remembered by future generations,” said Todd Huber, founder of Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum.

Voting into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame is an intensive process by which IASC members and skateboard industry insiders past and present vote electronically for the person they feel is most deserving. While the ballot has a list of 10 names from each decade as well as a list of 10 females, each category includes a fill in blank in order to give each voter the opportunity to vote for their own candidate.

To donate auction items or for more information on IASC, please contact Laurie Bergthold at laurie@skateboardiasc.org. For media inquiries, please contact Erika Klein at erika@shoutpr.com.

Steve Caballero at Lake Cunnhingham Skatepark. Fall 2010. Ph. Steve Potwin
About IASC

The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), a non profit organization that represents the united voice of the skateboard industry to the outside world, was founded in 1994. In 2003, IASC was restructured into the organization that founded Go Skateboarding Day. Driven by skate industry leaders, IASC strives to promote skateboarding and increase participation, educate, and save members money. For further information, please visit www.skateboardiasc.org.

About Go Skateboarding Foundation

The Go Skateboarding Foundation was founded in 2005 in response to the generosity of the skateboard industry. A donation to the Go Skateboarding Foundation helps fund programs which promote skateboarding and make a positive impact in our society and the lives of young skateboarders. The Go Skateboarding Foundation provides young people with scholarships to college and skatecamp and aspires to inspire and empower tomorrow’s skateboard community leaders.

About Skatelab Skateboard Hall of Fame and Museum

Skatelab Skateboarding Museum, located in Simi Valley, educates people about the history of skateboarding worldwide. The museum inside SKATELAB of California is home to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame’s inductees’ tribute display, which was founded in 1997. With more than 50,000 visitors each year, Skatelab shows a collection of more than 5,000 vintage skateboards as well as skateboarding memorabilia. Skateboard history lives on at Skatelab.

Photos Steve Potwin and Jim Goodrich. Used by permission.

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