I did not want to give the impression that I am against the development of Rollerskates, absolutely not. Also, I think Brian is doing a damn good job! But I meet people who skate only a few times in the year, but showed my their 6th version of skates - and, sorry, I don't want to appear arrogant, but in most cases I had not the impression that the people skated much better.
I think we can only keep the vert-scene alive by skating, meeting at contests, showing the youth that their are alternatives to skateboards and inline-skates and whatever...and it is a very stylish alternative! ;-)
PS: I think Bernhard will put in the pics (thanks, Bernhard).