By the way, you can see Skylar’s trick at the end of this video.
Ben Stoddard is a walking encyclopedia and that’s kind of what he leaves behind in this book. “I hope the book will have a long life and that people will still be able to look back in 20 years and see what the first decades of skateboarding in Canada were all about!”
After all, the profits don’t go into the pockets of the initiator of the project, but back into the organization of Canada Skateboard focused on growing skating in Canada.
Canada Skateboard: democratizing the sport
With the addition of skateboarding to the Olympics, a way had to be found to govern the sport. For a few years now, skateboarding has been partly under the jurisdiction of Canada Skateboard, an organization under the umbrella of the Government of Canada and the Canadaian Olympic Committee. “Just like boxing and hockey, Canada Skateboard is a registered organization with Sports Canada, says Ben Stoddard. We’re seen as the governing body for skateboarding in Canada. With the main goal is to grow and promote skateboarding in Canada.”
https://www.instagram.com/p/B_pk0NYlRLp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Canada Skateboard is in part responsible for determining which skaters qualify for the Olympic Games, but that’s not all… “The Olympics are one thing but we’re also focusing on doing cool community things like getting a network of communities across Canada to start communicating and building National events, like competitions across the country. We’re skateboarders trying to help skateboarding with a little bit of help from the outside world.”
Like almost all skateboarding enthusiasts, Stoddard’s passion was born in the street by “filming with a camera and a fisheye sitting at the bottom of the stairs,’’ so he understands the reluctance of some skateboarders to democratize the sport. “There are people who are just hardcore street skateboarding fans and are purist and I love them and totally respect that. If the Olympics are not for you, we totally get it… but the fact remains that 5 billion TV screens worldwide will be watching skateboarding for the first time in 2021 and that can only bring growth to all areas of skateboarding.”
With Canada Skateboard, Ben Stoddard hopes to not only help the sport grow, but also find the superstars of tomorrow. “We want to find the next Spencer Hamilton or Sascha Daley, just as much as we want to find the next Nyjah Huston…”.
2021 will therefore be the next step in the organization’s journey as skateboarding officially enters the Olympic Games. But in the meantime, you can get Canadian Skateboarding – A visual history
and if you haven’t already, check out our episode of Skate District MTL with Annie Guglia
… who will hopefully be representing Canada at the upcoming Olympics.