All paying participants deserve ample time on the hill, whether or not they care for racing. We will work with organizers to offer top tier racing for those who want it, within a context of unfettered freeriding for all.
Whatever you ride, we will create a safe environment for you to explore your limits on closed courses around the world. Adaptive vehicles, luges, blades, gravity bikes, and drift trikes are all welcome.
We love the global downhill community and want to help it grow. This means actively making space for every gender, color, nationality and creed.
To ensure closed-road events are welcoming and affordable to riders from all parts of the world, the price of membership will be set (beginning in 2022) relative to the currency of the country in which you are purchasing it.
To guarantee access to even the most economically disadvantaged riders, we will commit 1% of our total operating budget to a scholarship fund offering free membership to applicants from around the world.
To foster participation in gravity sports we will promote event structures which include defined space and time for newcomers to pad up and ride with expert gravity guides.
To keep everyone safe, all aspects of course closure, coverage and communication require clear, standardized action plans, crafted together and implemented around the world. All stakeholders—riders, event organizers, board members, course workers and spectators—must be equipped with tools to help maintain these standards.
Monthly board meetings will be hosted live via Zoom, and transcripts will be archived for future viewing by paying members. The first portion of the meeting will be dedicated to a predetermined agenda (including updates on all ongoing projects), followed by time for questions and dialogue with the board.
Have a question of concern? You should be able to voice it and expect a respectful and thorough response. Our new site will feature a contact form managed by our public relations official to give you the professionalism you pay for.
Organization members deserve to see and understand the flow of funds and how leadership is balancing the budget. All financial information will be accessible through our new website.
Moving away from an all-volunteer organization will help us attract and retain a competent workforce. We will take responsibility for refining our budget and working with our event partners to account for fair wages for all—course workers, media makers, all other contractors, organizers and board members.
Communities hosting World Cup events deserve to be involved in organizing and production so they can help make it happen and get paid for their work. We will partner with organizers to ensure local talent is included.
World Cup competitors rely on the rulebook and its consistent implementation to keep racing honest, fair and fun. Including them in the crafting of a new draft is essential to securing their trust and producing world-class sporting events.
Producing world-class events for the global gravity sports community is no small task. We are committed to helping event organizers produce the best experience possible for all types of attendees by offering a range of services including budgetary reviews, grant research, course safety, media production, timed qualifying and more.
All event participants should expect to walk away with high quality pictures of their time on the hill. Trained media makers with defined deliverables will make the difference between fleeting fun and lasting legacy, bringing gravity sports out of relative obscurity and allowing us to share with the world.
An engaging online platform, hosting live event updates, will bring the excitement of our activity to viewers around the world without the need for a broadcast deal. Our new website will be built by a team of dedicated professionals and allow the community to participate in crafting the way we present ourselves to the world.
To reach the quality of events we envision, make them repeatable, and establish systems of clarity and accountability for when (not if) difficult circumstances arise, we need the support of accountants and legal experts who speak the language of international, mission-based business.
Following the best practices of the WHO, we will set the year’s schedule to promote the wellbeing of all our stakeholders around the world.
Our primary goal in 2021 is conducting a global outreach to all stakeholders, seeking input for our collective futures.
We will organize the best practices from our findings into spreadable media, hosting global presentations to facilitate conversation.
Our new website will vertically integrate broadcasting, member forum, media library and organizer tools. As a part of this process we will update our name on account of its confusing alignment with the Israeli Defense Force.
Covid allowing, we will model our proposed best practices at one or two demonstration events at the end of 2021, documenting them for use in promotion of upcoming activity.
Still following the best practices of the WHO, we will make covid-concious plans for a world-cup season.
Prioritizing fair wages and equity for our transnational membership, and to account for changes in services provided, we will implement adjustments to the price of membership. Whether your price increases or decreases will depend on your socioeconomic status.
To refine the space we make for our community’s athletes to ride at high levels of performance, we will experiment with racing categories, encouraging participation among women, amateurs and professionals of all walks.
Covid allowing, we hope to host one event on each continent.
Foster mutually inviting relationships with the people of each town we visit, seeking and offering varied opportunities for interaction between our community members and the world.
We hope to support the efforts of organizers around the world to form continental tours and more localized event circuits. The effectiveness of our tools will be measured by others’ ability to use them.
We will continue inviting people into the conversation around the growth of the gravity sports community, seeking guidance, encouraging leadership amongst the diverse population and offering to train our replacements.
The future of gravity sports is not all-white, all-male, or all-American.
We believe the IDF’s current all-volunteer structure fails to make leadership positions welcoming to folks of all genders, races and nationalities who cannot necessarily afford to work for free.
Volunteer organizations tend to work best for those who can afford to volunteer.
We are running to change that.
Let’s be clear: all are welcome in the organization we are working to form.
Holding an elected position is only one way to work on behalf of international organizing.
If you have time to offer, we want to talk.
If you want to work more than five hours a week to help craft our future, we want to see you paid for your efforts.
We are seeking to fill our advisory board with diverse representation from around the world.
We encourage the global downhill community to reach out now, and any time in advance of the next election if they are interested in working together.
Our goal is to encourage healthy growth during and beyond our time in leadership positions.
We will be excited to step down to foster a more diverse future.
SkateIDSA collaboration & gender/diversity advocacy
New rider outreach & transnational development
Work with board members to define the scope of their projects.
Hold weekly one-on-one meetings with board members to facilitate project progress.
Lead monthly public meetings.
Solicit input from advisors.
Coordinate with contracted lawyers and accountants.
Aaron is a community organizer, magazine publisher, writer, photographer and brand manager. He also works as an editor and consultant for creatives and businesses in and outside of skateboarding.
Audit organization and rider experience of past events
Build central database from findings
Define best practices for all aspects of event organization
Build tools to share and implement best practices
Organize demonstration event showcasing best practices
Work with world cup event organizers to replicate successes in 2022
Austin is a freelance camera assistant and logistical coordinator for commercial and feature film sets. He has been an active downhill community member since 2012, assisting with event production across North America, and hosting travelers from around the world while a resident at the Los Angeles Skatehouse.
Audit safety standards of past events
Standardize corner marshaling procedure
Standardize course coverage procedure
Standardize radio communication procedure
Establish liquid cash fund for emergency needs at events
Refine plan for monitoring substance use at events
Work with Racer Liaison to audit and revise rulebook
Standardize distribution and placement of racer cameras
Lead World Cup race direction for 2022 season
Zak Maytum is a product designer and a seasoned downhill, slalom and transition skater. He spent a decade traveling the world as a competitive racer and now works primarily as a horse trainer and saddle maker.
Standardize event coverage procedures
Produce and share media-making instructional materials
Build global directory of media makers
Conduct outreach to global network
Coordinate media team for late-2021 demonstration event(s)
Secure media production contracts for 2022 season
Assemble archive of past years’ media
Tyler is a gravity sports photographer with clients ranging from brands to event organizers to magazines. Tyler has been a community steward all around North America with particular focus in Arizona, Vancouver and the DC metropolitan area. Tyler has organized more than ten events around the country. Tyler was the primary photographer for the 2019 IDF Euro Tour.
Establish venues for dialogue between GGA membership and leadership
Publish reports of meeting activity
Create guidelines for GGA social media management
Coordinate with event organizers on communication strategy
Collect biographical information from members to improve event coverage
Max Dubler is a writer, critic, sports and studio photographer and retired professional skater. He has maintained a steady output of media for various brands and journalism outlets for the last 13 years and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning.
Build a new easy-to-use online platform with the following capabilities:
Provide up-to-date information on the association’s activities
Host educational materials and clinics
Clarify membership status and payment history
Solicit input from membership
Publish event media libraries for members’ personal use.
Publish real-time data from events
Brian Cortright is a visual designer and web developer. He learned his trade within the skate industry and now works for a range of specialty clients to craft their brand images and online presence.
Audit skate clinic producers
Organize findings into curriculum for clinics at downhill events
Define venue requirements for new rider clinics
Establish relationships with safety gear supplier
Draft new rider survey/waiver
Host new rider clinic at 2021 demonstration event
Use new rider survey to refine clinic structure
Work with event organizers to plan and staff 2022 clinics
Jack Collins is a downhill community organizer. He has hosted multiple events tailored to different skill levels, coordinated nationwide travel for a team of skaters, and regularly produces memes and printed matter to foster good will between disparate local scenes.
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