: But I meet people who skate only a few times in the year,
: but showed my their 6th version of skates -
I think that's OK. There might even be people who build skates and don't skate at all; if that's what they enjoy doing then that's perfectly cool with me.
: and, sorry, I
: don't want to appear arrogant, but in most cases I had no
: the impression that the people skated much better.
True. But they had fun building the skates, and are proud of them; nothing wrong with that :)
: 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! ;-)
Those who have fun developing skates don't keep anyone from doing all this.
I see your points, but I think that everyone should do what floats his boat.
Developing skates doesn't hurt anyone :)
(... and sometimes even is an important part of "keeping the vert-scene alive")