The first Adrenalina Marathon went off mostly without a hitch. There was tons of stoke everywhere you looked. If you were there, you could feel it in the air; it was laid on thick. The athletes were blown away. The crowd was blown away. I think the race organizers themselves were blown away. One thing is for certain. We all want to do it again. Some of us are looking for a little redemption. Some of us want to win some more money. Some of us want another reason to travel. Some of us just want to see friends again.
There was a buzz in the air after the race about more races to come. Nothing was set in stone, but the words San and Diego were being tossed around alongside Mexico City, New York, London, and Tokyo. And there were even rumors about more money in the pot the next time around. One of the biggest questions revolving around potential future races was “How do we get as many people involved as possible and further legitimize this sport?” And so became the necessity for an overseeing body to not only make sure these races get properly organized, but also to standardize rules and regulations, work out a proper timing system, an ensure the safety of the riders, among many other things.
Between some of the leading members in the skateboarding community who showed up at the first marathon in Florida, the USA Distance Skateboard Association was born. The founding members are:
- Jack Smith – Publisher/Founder of The Skateboarder’s Journal, Political Activist, and overall Skateboard Legend – Morro Bay, CA
- James Peters – Founder of Pavedwave.org, Longboard Tester/Designer, OG Long Distance Skateboarder – Seattle, WA
- Jonathan Strauss – Adrenalina Marathon Race Director, Founder of Board Up Miami – Miami, FL
- Luke Ayata – Co-founder and Director of Operations at Fabrika Productions, Filmer – New York City, NY
- Brian Davenport – Co-founder of Push Culture News – New York City, NY
- Michael Brooke – Publisher and Editor of Concrete Wave Magazine – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Chris Yandall – Pro Skateboarder since before you were born. Godfather of Skogging. – San Diego, CA
As stated on USADSA.org, the mission of the organization is “to create a foundation for safe, sanctioned distance skateboard racing, to grow awareness and participation by demonstrating skateboarding’s benefits toward a healthy and positive lifestyle, and ultimately to infuse new energy into skateboarding as a viable and legal alternative mode of transportation worldwide.” One of the most notable goals of the organization is that they are trying to find a way to insure all the riders who pay membership dues, be it at the races or even year-round if possible. Health insurance for skaters? Certainly, there is still a lot of work to be done and hoops to jump through to make that happen, and many of the things on the website such as the rule book (theIDSA.org) are subject to change as well.
You can keep up with happenings revolving around distance skating at theIDSA.org, USADSA.org, and pavedwave.org’s message board, where there are sections for race ideas and the USADSA. Also, stay tuned to the blog! We’ll keep you informed as more is brought to the table and finalized.