Skateboarding is a $5 billion dollar a year Industry and is recognized as the 6th most popular sport in America.  Pro skater Steve Berra wrote a fantastic piece about this at the Berrics website.

Skateboarding has progressed astronomically over the past 10 years. It has gotten to the point where if you can’t grind down a 15 stair hand rail, you can’t be taken serious in the industry. I see little kids half my age destroying skate parks….. and themselves in the process. If you talk to them they don’t even seem to be having fun. Which is the reason we all started skating in the first place. All these kids care about is getting sponsored, and they will break as many bones as it takes to get there. I admire their persistence, but that is not what skating’s about.  The bar of what is considered “gnarly” skateboarding has been pushed so high that it is borderline self mutilation.  If you look at a skate video from 10 or 15 years ago, you’ll notice it wasn’t about how many stairs you could jump down or who could out do who. It was just skating, in its purest form and it was fun. Here’s a link to Jason Lee’s part in Blind Video Days, which was released in 1995.

Jason Lee

Now compare that to Ryan Shecklers latest part.


The progression is amazing no doubt, but it seems like all the fun was sucked out in the process.

    • yo
    • January 28th, 2010

    first you want us to compare Jason Lee’s part to Sheckler’s part, then you hope he doesn’t make the list for top 10 skaters? fooool you are the worst at writing about skateboarding. giiiive it up

      • karmaspayment
      • February 11th, 2010

      It wasn’t a comparison of technical skill. Obviously Sheckler is better then Lee. But Lee’s from a different generation when skating wasn’t about outdoing the next guy. It was just skating, and you can tell in the videos it was fun. No doubt sheckler is a dope skater, but he also sucks the fun out of it. Where Lee skated for the passion and love of skating. Sheckler skates as a job for fame and money, plus hes a little drama whore who would of been better suited in a boy band. That is why he shouldn’t be on the list. But I thought that was pretty clear in the post. Maybe you should improve your reading comprehensive skills. Or maybe you should stop hating and just go skate.

        • karmaspayment
        • February 11th, 2010

        Transworld isn’t making a list of the “best” skaters of the decade it’s on the most influential. Now where did I ever say that Sheckler is , influential. in ur words, “dood dont be so stoops” why don’t u think before u type.

    • yo
    • January 30th, 2010


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