Skateboarding is finished!

Kel Verbiest Kel Verbiest
Skateboarding is finished!

You and I both know that skateboarding is huge. It’s a huge sport, it’s a huge industry but is it still able to progress? Despite many people thinking that skateboarding hit its peak about 10(ish) years ago, there are still millions of you out there. That being said, the number is still dwindling and some people in the industry are already panicking that this might be the beginning of the end. I don’t know how much I agree with this but this video from the Financial Times is kind of interesting.

I think it was a no-brainer to realise that the most amount of money in the industry is made on clothing and shoes. There are only so many skate decks you can sell each year! With this type of income, from selling clothing, you’re catering for an audience that isn’t just the core of the sport, it’s a fashion thing and that will appeal to anyone. But then hey, if that’s going to fund our sport then can you really complain? I think with every sport there’s a slight panic when it becomes insanely popular. As the video says, skateboarding hit its peak around 2002 but it’s still incredibly popular. If it wasn’t then this site probably wouldn’t be around! Every sport will hit a high point then decline to a certain extent but there’s not a massive need for panic. With the economy the way it is I’d go so far as to say that the industry isn’t doing too badly at the moment. There may have been a few brands needing to close doors but we could be seeing something much, much worse.

What do you think though? Are we staring down the barrel of the beginning of the end? Or is this just the mainstream reporting a story that comes with every sport?

  1. DJ

    Yes I agree that skateboarding is on the decline but I do not think there is any room for panic. I remember going to my local skate park 6 or 7 years ago and there were definitely more skateboarders then BMXer’s and there were little no no people on scooters. About 3 years ago BMXs started to take over and now when I go people are riding scooters. Saying this I’m just trying to make the point, that people may do what’s more ‘cool’. Like I know most of my friends skateboarded while I was on a BMX and then when BMX took off in our town a lot of them turned to BMXing. They didn’t give up skateboarding completely but 9/10 when we went to the skate park they were trying to learn that new trick on the BMX opposed to a new trick on the skateboard.
    I also think that people now-a-days want to go faster, get more air, and pull bigger tricks. I’m not saying you cant do that on a skateboard but at you local skate park you can definitely get more speed and air on a BMX (unless you have a mega ramp :p). But even long-boarding really took off these past couple of years just because people want to go faster.
    I’m definitally not saying that skateboarding is dead because when I go to the skate park I don’t think I have ever seen more drive, determination, and heart then the skateboarders that are there every day trying that new trick, and just having a good time with their friends. It happens with every extreme sport, Its all everyone talks about and does one year and then the next year it’s something else. Even though skateboarding is on the decline don’t worry skateboarding not die for a long, long, time

    1. Dec

      I agree with DJ, bikes have become iconic over the years and have taken over rapidly.
      i have noticed one thing as a college student, skate companies,shoes and the clothing and style in general is kicking off big in fashion and along with this its what i believe increasing the amount of people who now skate along with myself returning to it with a gap of 6 years, i am now eager than ever to become good at such a technical sport.
      also as a photographer it is something i want to explore and shoot it as i believe skateboarding photography portrays an art and can be presented as something that makes people go wow!.

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