Ecko provided a foundation and culture for the United Skateboard Association to develop and grow. After a successful launch of the amateur skateboard program, Ecko offered the U.S.A. free office space and business support, and in exchange the U.S.A. would make Ecko their presenting sponsor and also connected Ecko to all the major skateboard amateur leagues in North America.
Months after the event, the original producer of Shred for Life let me know they would not be doing the event again. For some reason, I felt the urge to take on the event and produce it myself. For me, it would confirm that there was still an interest in the marketplace for amateur events. If the amateur community wanted to develop, I could give them the opportunity.