Some action sports are constant. Eternal, even. Take surfing for example. While we still have oceans and the oceans have waves, people will surf.

Skateboarding doesn’t even need the ocean, it’s going nowhere. Board shapes and sizes may change, but skating is here to stay. Other action sports though, are a little less permanent.

Of course, nobody wants to think of their sport (or “lifestyle" if you must) as a mere flash in the pan, but history suggests that action sport trends tend to come and go.

And we can be a fickle lot when something drops out of favour.

"Do you know anyone who'd admit to still doing any of these?"

Here we explore some of dead "sports" that, just like the hula-hoop, have been consigned to the bin marked fad.

OK so there are probably a few die-hard holdouts, but do you know anyone who'd admit to still doing any of these?

[part title="Inline Skating"]

What the hell?

Take a boot, bolt a row of wheels in a straight line onto the bottom and you’re kind of there. Inline skating was the subject of much sneering and many jokes virtually from its inception, and the participants of the sport were the outcasts of the action sport world.

They might have been faster and more manoeuvrable than their roller-skate cousins, but they just never looked cool really. And they were also never far away from a brutal slam.

Initially seen as the main rival to skateboarding's dominance of street sports, inline skating was a big enough phenomenon to be included in the inaugural X Games in 1995.

"The line between action sport and synchronized swimming has never been more blurred..."

By 1998 the X Games even had a Vert Triples inline event - 3 inline skaters working together in a vert ramp to, well, who knows?

The line between action sport and synchronized swimming has never been more blurred than it was that summer...

Did anyone actually do it?

Fabiola da Silva was regarded by many as inline’s greatest participant. Dominating the women’s events for years, da Silva eventually changed the face of the sport when the “Fabiola Rule" was created, permitting women to compete in formerly all-male events.

Why it deserved to die...

Was it the constant mocking of the sport and those that did it, or the fact that inline skating lead to more ball-to-rail incidents than virtually any other activity? Take your pick.

With few exceptions, inline skating in now largely the preserve of a handful of Venice Beach fitness freaks.

[part title="Bare Foot Waterskiing"]

What the hell?

You’ve seen water skiing, right? Imagine that minus the actual skis. If that sounds like some somebody being dragged behind a boat, hands on a rope and their feet in the water, then you’re on the money.

Throw in a few tumbles and rotations, and you have yourself an action sports fad!

Did anyone actually do it?

Barefoot skiing was apparently popular from the 1950’s, with Cypress Gardens in South Carolina being somewhat of a mecca for the sport.

Many names have come and gone during the popularity of the sport, but two in the 1990’s really stood out; Parks Bonifay and Peter Fleck.

"with a speedboat starting at around £15,000, it can be a little on the pricey side"

Parks Bonifay was born in to a water sports family, and progressed from water skiing to barefoot skiing almost virtually from the womb, before finally seeing the light and making the move to wakeboarding, Parks Bonifay is credited for progressing wakeboarding rapidly.

Peter Fleck took gold home in both 1997 and 1998, back when Barefooting was a X Games event(!) and he continued to be the biggest draw the sport for years after.

Why it deserved to die...

Quite apart from the risk of a severe verruca epidemic, a greater factor was probably the expensive equipment at the heart of the sport.

Granted, you need very little for your feet, but with a speedboat starting at around £15,000, it was a little on the pricey side.

[part title="Street Luge"]

What the hell?

Imagine donning full motorcycle leathers and crash helmet, lying down on one of those things mechanics roll about under cars on, and then racing your mates down a stupidly large hill at incredible speed, weaving around hay bales.

That’s street luge in a terrifying nutshell.

Did anyone actually do it?

Looking like a meatier John Frusciante, Biker Sherlock was the dominant name in the sport, and rarely a stranger to the top step of a podium.

However, Rat Sult deserves a mention as well, partially for his gold medal in X Games 98 but also for having the gnarliest/stupidest (delete as applicable) name in the business.

Why it deserved to die...

Long-haired, increasingly aging men dressed head-to-toe in skin-tight leather, speeding down a hill on a wheeled tray wasn't popular with the viewing masses?! Surely not...

[part title="Long-boarding"]

What the hell?

Not the long boarding you can see people doing in London, Barcelona or teh LA beachfront. No, we’re talking about our old pal Biker Sherlock here.

In the late 90’s, the X Games trialled competitive longboarding as a sport.  Given that the same leather-clad nutcase was behind it, it's perhaps unsurprising that the sport wasn’t too dissimilar to Street Luge mentioned above.

"Looking like a meatier John Frusciante, Biker Sherlock was the dominant name in the sport"

The premise was simple; find an incredibly steep hill, line up with a bunch of other thrill seekers, and hurl yourself down it in the fastest time possible.

Did anyone actually do it?

Although there are still longboard races going on today, during the sport's golden age, there was only one name making headlines: Yes, our boy Biker Sherlock.

Why it deserved to die...

A combination of high risk of serious injury of those taking part, and the fact that spectators didn’t really care about it meant that competitive long boarding was always doomed, It was the briefest of our action sport fads.

[part title="Sky Surfing"]

What the hell?

A variation of sky diving (because jumping out of an aeroplane isn’t exciting enough) where those jumping have a board attached to their feet.

By changing the angle at which the board is positioned Sky Surfers performed different, cornea-detaching rotations and flips.

In competitions, the Sky Surfer was also joined by a dedicated camera man, and the pair gained points based on tricks performed and how well it was filmed.

Forget to open your parachute when sky surfing and your problems become terminal"

Did anyone actually do it?

Few names spring up in the Sky Surfing world, possible because it was notoriously difficult to master.

However, legendary Russian skydiver Valery Rozov and his regular filmer Clif Burch captured much of the limelight in the mid 90’s heyday of Sky Surfing.

Why it deserved to die...

Much like with barefoot skiing above, buying a plane to jump out of just wasn't within most people's budget. However, the biggest factor in the death of this sport was, well, death.

Catch your toe edge on a snowboard and you might get a mouth full of snow. Miss that 50-50 and you could snap an ankle.

However, forget to open your parachute when sky surfing and your problems become more terminal. Plus the penchant for 80’s style neon can’t have helped.

[part title="Snow Blading"]

What the hell?

Snow Blading was the snow-covered equivalent of inline skating. Participants (often the young, spotty, and irritating variety) arsed about on slopes in Europe and North America on cut-down skis, much to the annoyance of both fluorescent clad skiers and grungy snowboarders  alike.

Did anyone actually do it?

Snow Blading was big enough to be included in the Winter X Games from 1998 to 2000, when Mike Nick and Neal Lyons regularly found themselves on the podium.

Why it deserved to die...

Snow blading was so insanely easy to pick up that people with zero slope sense (more often than not Parisian rudeboys) could be flinging themselves all over the park before the'd learned the first thing about etiquette or safety.

In this way, by annoying both parties equally, snow bladers did more to unite the previously unbridgeable worlds of skiing and snowboarding than anything has before or since.

You still see them occasionally but in general this united alpine front, combined with their own stupidity, has successfully forced snow bladers from the slopes.

[part title="Snow Skating"]

What the hell?

Skateboarding’s cool, right? And snowboarding too. So why not combine them? Throw them together and you have a Snow Skate. A skateboard mounted on a ski with truck-like bits between the two layers.

Unfortunately, as any scientist will tell you, two positives always make a negative*.

"anything other than perfect conditions often led to riders rag-dolling down the slope

Did anyone actually do it?

Snow Decks never really troubled the contest organisers of the world, so the sport never really produced any stars.

Why it deserved to die...

Again there are a few hold outs (check out the hate this Whitelines article generated!) but there’s a reason snowboards have bindings. Even one foot masters like Scott Stevens like to have at least part of their body attached to the board.

And while "no-boards" and other surf-inspired bindingless contraptions are fun to piss about on in powder, anything other than perfect conditions led to riders rag-dolling down the slope while their board effectively turned into a missile, aimed at those below.

When people discovered that a short highback gave a lose skate feel on a snowboard, snow skate's days were numbered.

*Maybe the wont tell you that. I never listened that carefully during science in school.

[part title="Micro Scooting"]

What the hell?

“Controversial" you may scream. Especially if you’re under 14 and are still using your micro scooter to express your inner rage .

The micro scooter is still very much with us, but with many not-so-patiently waiting for the day they disappear from the nations shopping precincts, it finds itself on the list more by popular demand than actually being obsolete.

Did anyone actually do it?

Err, Ben from year 9 is pretty sick, right?

Why it deserved to die...

Some would argue it’s still going strong. Other suggest it was never really alive. Scooting seems to be one of the most divisive action sports in history. A fad? Time will tell...