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Aggressive Skaters Form International Federation To Promote Their Sport

Meeting in California Attracts Delegates From Nine Countries

By Robert "Just the Factoids" Burnson

An international organization has been formed to promote and develop the sport of aggressive inline skating.

The name of the new group is the International Inline Stunt Federation.

It was formed this weekend by a group of 50 aggressive skaters and promoters meeting at Woodward West in Tehachapi, Calif.

Representatives of nine countries, including South Africa, Russia, Brazil and France, attended the meeting.

The group elected Arlo Eisenberg, a 1996 X Game champion, as president.

"There was a lot of solidarity and love that came out of the meeting this weekend," said Chris Fowler, president of the U.S. Inline Stunt Federation.

"And while we do have many obstacles ahead of us, we are all working very hard and being very positive."

The object of the new group is to create an international structure and organization for aggressive skating, similar to the one that the International Roller Sports Federation provides for inline speed skating, artistic skating and roller hockey.

Fowler said the group hopes to find ways to reinvigorate the skate industry by getting children more involved in the sport.

For the first time this year, aggressive skating will not be one of a featured event in ESPN's popular X Games (although it will be a demonstration sport).

The new federation will also spearhead the effort to get aggressive skating into the Olympics, Fowler said.

"But that's a long way off," he added. "There is a lot we have to do before we go there."

(posted on March 6, 2005)


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