I’m happy to tell you because this is one of the rare moments in linguistics in which there’s something like a definitive answer available.
It was because Dave Paine (videographer and editor of the VG series) made a concerted effort to avoid using skateboarding language in rollerblading.
Recently Dave told me that he personally “pushed a lot” to never use “anything that had a skateboard name if at all possible.” Skateboarding was already using the term “switch stance” and so Dave spearheaded the effort to make “unnatural” the norm in rollerblading.
Other similar attempts have been made, including the proposed abandonment of “half-cab” (named for skateboarder Steve Caballero) in favor of “inspin/outspin.”
Neither “unnatural” nor “inspin/outspin” completely replaced their counterpart skateboarding terms, but both have developed side-by-side with those older terms and still enjoy a sufficiently enduring habitude today.
I applaud the efforts by Dave and others to create language that might help stem the trifling “little brother of skateboarding” stereotype that rollerbladers have lived with for over 20 years. I also salute Dave for possessing such a keen awareness of the power language has to define our identities.
Dave Paine, this Bud’s for you.
To whatever extent we’re collectively willing to own up to, rollerbladers have taken a large amount of conceptual knowledge and vocabulary from skateboarding, and in the absence of our own linguistic alternatives, we’re obliged to continue to locate some of our jargon in common heritage with counterparts in skateboarding.
It’s very important to note, however, that while our exaptation of skateboarding terms has limited us in certain ways, we have also adapted those same terms to mean (sometimes slightly and sometimes drastically) different things commiserate with our embodiment. For example, rollerblading exaptated the term “backside” from skateboarding, but invented “farside” and later, “topside” to account for the way our boots and frames can sit atop a rail or ledge.
Most of the time we come up with our own entirely new names and language, but some terms seem simply intractable.
One such term rollerblading can’t seem to replace is the ‘disaster.’