|: : Was that waxed?
: Hopefully not. Waxing is deadly dangerous. The creator of our local vert ramp, Paul Heuberger of Vertical Ramps, broke his rib because he slipped on the coping some inliner had waxed.
I have to ask, does he actually know it was an inliner for sure? I've seen many skateboarders wax stuff, too. I'd hate to see someone 'hating' due to skatism. (skater racism) Assuming can lead to so many more issues.
(Btw, I hope Paul Heuberger healed up well.)
I think waxing can be dangerous, but I also think it can be very helpful. A lot depends on whether you 'KNOW' something is waxed. 'Not knowing' is the biggest danger.
On the other hand, I'll be the Devil's Advocate :
Not waxing can be dangerous. I've skated pool style copings that stop you dead in your tracks, if not waxed! Coming to a screeching halt, during a grind or slide at high speeds, can lead to being catapulted headlong into a wall, bowl, or even onto the coping with painful results.
I think the bigger issue for skateboarders is wax on metal coping; for when they grind on their trucks. It is metal against metal, which can be very slippery! On skateboard forums, I have read where skaters take blow torches and towels so they can melt off all of the wax and wipe it off.
I think this will always be an issue due to differing opinions.