Progression

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.

http://theberrics.com/unitdirective.php

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.

Sheckler

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

Skateboarding

Whats up readers, My name is Dave and I am a 22-year-old journalism student at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston IL. My blog is going to be exclusively about skateboarding. Millions of people including myself consider the skateboard to be the greatest invention in man kind. With my blog I plan to dissect skateboarding and show how a piece of wood, four wheels and a pair of turning devices can provide so much entertainment for so many people.