November 20, 2012

Anonymous asked: Why don't you like longboarders?

Skateboarding, to skateboarders, is not a fad.

At its current state, skateboarding is for the most part accepted by the general public. To consumers it is a commodity and to businesses it is highly profitable; because of this, skateboarding is being raped by just about anybody who can stand up straight on a board with two trucks and four wheels.

Enter longboards.

Consumers are taking the easiest path to take part in the fad that skateboarding currently is – this path is longboarding. 

Unconcerned and apathetic to the actual culture of skateboarding, longboarders, for the most part, are just consumers trying to be cool – trying to be “skaters” but in the easiest way possible. When skateboarding fizzles out of the limelight, most of these longboarders will disappear and move on to the next thing. 

Furthermore, when an uninformed member of society sees someone on a longboard, they wrongly associate that person with skateboarding. This blasphemous association is the crux of my animosity towards longboards.

Longboarders treat skateboarding like a fad. Longboarders don’t know about, care about, or support skateboarding. Longboarders erroneously define themselves, in addition to being defined by the uninformed public, as skateboarders. For the aforementioned reasons, I don’t like longboarders. 

For a much more articulate argument, I encourage you to read “Why Longboards Suck” by Willy Staley

Also, be sure to check out the visual evidence of “skateboarding as a fad” over at Why I Don’t Skateboard.

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  1. skateorsplit said: Amen.
  2. blackforestdweller said: you’re not talking about the long boarders that race down hills at 50mph and slide around corners while racing and i going that fast are you ? because im pretty sure thats just as hard as hard as skateboarding in some areas
  3. ososxe said: Amen.
  4. steakboarder said: this is so well written. i’m swooning so hard right now
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