|In my experience the relationship between skateboarder and roller skaters (I insist on this term and refuse to use the term quads) has alway been more relaxed than the relationship between roller skaters and inline skaters. It is a bit strange since the first generation of inline skaters in Europe consisted mostly of roller skaters riding the hype and switching to inline skates. There was a second generation of inline skaters without roots in roller skating or in skateboarding who got in because of the hype and a third generation of inline kids with parents who had no connection to skate culture whatsoever. That's also the reason why I don't like the term "quad". Although descriptive, it beacame popular by inline skaters using it to destinguish the old fashioned roller skates from their new and hip inline skate. The inline skating hype came and went too fast to gain any roots (well, not true entirely, but I definitely believe the market had been heated up too much artificially so that it just had to collapse). Maybe it will come back and develop its own culture which would be nice. We will see. Maybe we will find back to an attitude were fun and respect are more important than hype and dissing people using some different device to ride a ramp.
Maybe you can explain the term "fruit booters" to me? I have the impression that it is disrespectful, but why?
I also remember the times when the scene here consisted of skateboarders, BMXers and roller skaters, when it didn't matter if you were a litte kid, a youth or a grown up and when you could do "add a trick" contest among skateboarders and roller skaters and just have plain fun.
BTW.: The city in France you were writing about is called Marseille and the German roller skater is Martin Broich. He definitely was a very influential roller skater in the old days who ripped very hard.