tis very true....but in a way i like it better this way everyone isnt doing it cuz its the "cool" thing to do
Mike said:Money. We weren't making enough. I have no clue how this happened. I remember those days too man, doesn't make sense.
I found this via Google as I am researching ways to revive rollerblading. I apologize for bumping this year old post, but I think it is important since rollerblading is on it's deathbed. Aggressive skating is long overdue for a revival. I think the only way to do this is for someone to swallow their pride and embrace mainstream support and corporatism the way skateboarding did. The following is a message in response to one of the more popular rollerbladers (and good friend) here in Chicago who thinks rollerblading should remain out of the X Games. I think this sums up my opinion on what is killing the sport and what needs to be done to keep it from dying completely:
"[The] X Games didn't screw rollerblading...rollerblading screwed rollerblading. When rollerblading was included in the X Games, it took off! The public loved it because we could go higher, faster, and rotate more times than skateboarders or bikers (Eito Yasutoko, "1440", 2005) . But rollerbladers hated it because made our sport "mainstream". So they bought in to the independent companies instead of the corporate adverts that could have supported the sport and kept in the X Games. Had rollerbladers embraced mainstream support like skateboarding did, the job of "pro skater" could have been extended to rollerbladers. Maybe Chris Edwards would have been our "Tony Hawk" and Alex Broskow our "Shaun White"....and you, J**, could have been our Rob Dyrdek! LOL!!
I wanted to be a pro-blader. I wanted to skate forever and with the likes of Tom Fry and Cesar Mora and Fabiola De Silva, but there was a reason why my generation rollerblader had stopped in the first place...there was no future in it."
bro, the sport went underground. companies are mainly still skater owned, but the owners don't want/need to seek out the mainstream spotlights.
local shops don't carry stuff because there aren't enough kids rolling anymore to make it worth their while. you have to buy everything online now, or go to a few select shops, to get what you need.
and don't even get me started on x-games....
it is a hard, cold world in the skating scene now-a-days, but the dudes who are still here are shredding harder than ever, and the sport has progressed a ton in the past few years. tricks are tech and hammer, clothes aren't baggy anymore, and crews all but don't exist.
but skating still lives, and this site proves there are still alot of us out here who are serious about what we do.
Hey guys new to the site, just bored and searching the web on what happened to our sport. I used to skate Long Island and NYC in the mid 90's and came across this old photo of a 12 or 13 year old me. Can anyone name these two on the left? Any way just thought I'd share. Keep on skating fellas.
Is that Rene "the viking" Hulgreen, next to Julio? That guy was totally Bad ass and crazy...got to love it.
.....watching Harvesting the Crust, spray- painting my TRS's white like Brook Howard Smith, skating all the time until that one trick was perfect.....i miss those days. at least now the skates have interchangable parts, so if you break something, you don't have to buy all-new skates...
as for the x-games.....to hell with them. i mean, there use to be all sorts of cool shit on there. Not just Inline....but Surfing, Wakeboarding. you could go to any nieghborhood spot and find kids working on tricks saying "Man, I'm going to be in the X-Games one day." Now they have Rally Car Racing on there?!?!?!?! WTF! How is someone suppose to afford a $100,000 car to compete in the X-Games? It's Stupid!
Also have Nickle and Dime, Fast Shoes and VG 5!
My favorite videos of all-time have to be the Mindgame films. They were awesome. But I just watched Dom West's Vine St. and it blew me away. Nothing can match the cinematography and skating shown in this video.
Old school is nice, but the new school is magic...
Cory Bollinger said:
Here are a few more of my favorites: Nickel and Dime, Fast Shoes, VG5, Plastic Balance, The Medium Cult...