It’s more important than ever to keep the culture of rollerblading alive. I can live in the past and think about the 90s when everyone was skating. Companies back then were dumping millions into the sport and making millions in return. Then in the early 2000’s, the bottom fell out. People stopped skating and companies bailed or folded. That was then and this is now. Since then, rollerblading has stabilized and we’re told that a comeback is imminent but people having been saying that since 2010.
One thing that has always remained the same is the culture. A culture that has been cultivated for the past 30 years. Being a rollerblader is something that defines a person. It gives someone an identity, it also gives them a sense of belonging in a community that is small yet strong and spans across the world. This culture is a lifestyle, a passion for rollerblading. It’s knowing the brands from the past to the present. It’s knowing the names of old professionals, current professionals and up comers. It’s knowing the names of all the grinds.
Yet I fear this culture could be lost one day and feel that it’s rollerblader’s responsibility to ensure that the sport lives. This means we have to support it by continuing to support the brands by purchasing their goods. I know that now that I am older, I spend more than I ever have and that’s comforting knowing it’s going back into the sport. Trust me, the small brands that are left aren’t doing it for the money but doing it for the love of the sport. Lastly and the most important is that together, we need to teach youth about our past, teach them how to skate because they’re the future of rollerblading.