There’s a lot of debate online right now about current trends in blading. I mean, that alone isn’t news, people are always engaged in debate over blading and the things people do or do not like about it.
But a conversation going on now is about STUNTS — and that people think skating overall has less high-risk maneuvers being done today as compared to the past.
As an “elder blader” that’s been around for like two decades let me break this down into a few things:
1) Nostalgia makes it hard for us that have been around to accurately judge things happening now without the “Compared to what?” effect. We can’t help but measure everything against something that was NEW or EXCITING to us previously. So we’re not the best judges.
2) The internet! We see more of EVERYTHING now, so there’s a certain level of desensitizing that goes along with that. What used to be considered big stunts became more commonplace to the point it became boring and then new limits were discovered and tested. Microcircus is born.
3) Money did make an impact! Once upon a time back in the mid-2000s Mike Johnson was pretty open about his opinion that there wasn’t enough reward to make breaking your neck worthwhile. As one of the most influential personalities to ever strap on boots, and the one-time leader of the Razors Team, it would be tough to say that Mike’s words didn’t end up having an impact far beyond the few skaters he likely shared them with.
No matter all that, the fact remains that since nearly the beginning of our culture and discipline, PRO SKATERS SHOULD HAVE MADE MORE MONEY.
If they had made more money, would they be doing more stunts and laying out gaps like JAWS?
I don’t know.
But I do know that I’d like my peers to have more comfortable lives and the chance to build for our collective future. How can you help? Vote with your wallet.