|Claudine, I was a sponsored vertical inline skater and chose to go back to my roots. I think inline skating is cool, but it seems the culture is out of whack. I participate on a skateboard forum and hear terrible things about inliners. I know it does not apply to all, but I think they are just younger and do not respect the culture of skateboarders and rollerskaters. Not that I care, but I get way more respect than the "fruit booters" as I have heard them called. I think it is just a younger generation that does not value our history or our stuggles. A lot of the vert rollerskaters on here have experienced skating with boarders like we do now with out any others around. We respect skateboarding and having to prove ourselves and gain acceptance. These inliners have way more than we ever had, but I am damn proud to be one of you.
: I dont get it. Inliners talk nonstop about street skating, grinds. They seem to have no interest in vert and for the most part, refuse protective gear. I'm not sure why inlines are so popular either. I feel a huge disconnect. Am I'm missing something here........? I love my trucks and love to carve the bowls. I wouldnt mind it if I could jump on a ledge, but its not like doing tricks inside a bowl or eventually diving into and carving a 10.5 foot bowl!! Now to me thats exciting!!