lion city skaters
3/02/2010

Skateboarding vs Inline vs BMX

Posted by LCS

This picture was taken in July 2009 at Somerset skatepark in Singapore.

The picture above demonstrates the long-running tension between skateboarders, BMX, and Aggressive Inline skaters.

I'm not sure why but skateboarders, BMX, and Inliners don't seem to get along together. It's funny because I used to be an aggressive inliner, before turning to skateboarding and I also ride a BMX for transportation. So why do we all hate each other?

Back when I bladed I used to hate skateboarders. They would always gather in a small group in the middle of the skatepark jumping up and down trying to land kickflips. I guess they were either in my way, or I just didn't understand how they could find joy in making a piece of wood rotate.

When I quit* blading and started skateboarding I hated bladers because they would never fall down. Bladers tend to have longer runs on the ramps than skateboarders. I also didn't like how they turn over grind boxes onto their sides. (This makes them higher and more difficult for skateboarders to lock into.)

Turning to BMX, I bought a second hand GTX**  in Canada  for transportation around downtown, which I still use in Singapore. I can only do one trick, the bunny hop, and oh really long skids (totally awesome yes!).

Skateboarders and aggressive inliners hate BMX riders because their bikes tend to be more straining on the skatepark obstacles and can sometimes leave dent's on the coping. They also don't feel safe skating near BMX riders because of the larger size and weight of BMX's compared to a skateboard or pair of inline skates. At a skatepark accidents and collisions are bound to happen, but lets face it, crashing into a steel bike is going to hurt like hell.***

These days I often find skateboarders, inliners and BMX hating on each other through guilt by association. I hate you because you are a skateboarder, Aggressive inliner or BMX rider.

So anyway, after trying all 3 extreme sports I can safely say we are all the same. And there is no real reason to hate someone because they are different.  People in general tend to hate things they don't understand. Skateboarders, Inliners, and BMX all share the same skatepark and we are all in the same boat (the public doesn't approve of our sports).

Today, I am good friends with Aggressive inliners, BMX riders and skateboareders. I don't know any casterboarders (Ripstik, Waveboard) but I am sure they are also part of the skatepark feud in Singapore. 

Moral of story: Stop hating. and Oh if you are going to tag or graffiti at the skatepark make sure you are good. The picture above could really use a few more colors! lol

* One of the reasons I gave up Aggressive in line was because in order to get good I had to travel out to Bishan skatepark every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the time this was the only skatepark in Singapore and there were no other ramps.  Skateboarding allowed me to practice at home in the driveway or anywhere with smooth flat ground.  Simply put, it was easier to participate in skateboarding and less costly in terms of time and money.

** Can anyone help me? What is the definition of GTX? I think it has something to do with the frame but please feel free to leave a comment below. 

*** I remember one time I collided straight into another skateboarder and my finger almost snapped off. We were both jumping off the pyramid obstacle at somerset skatepark only from opposing directions. In the milliseconds before impact I tried to raise my hands up to my chest for protection but I only managed to get them to my naval before we collided. My fingers took the blunt force of the blow and almost snapped back. Luckily I work out with my keyboard  twice a day so they are pretty strong.

I am going to end this post with the 2007 summer hit Rise Up by Yves LaRock. Enjoy!


PS. Does anyone remember that topless skipping guy that used to do his thing behind the somerset skatepark near the bus stop? I haven't seen him in a while.

29 comments:

Ray said...

Man, this video makes me want to learn skipping. I have never seen skipping like this in Singapore. Does anyone do it here?

You are right about BMX,bladers,and skateboarders...the public thinks we are a nuisance and don't understand us. We need to work as a team to get our voices heard.

Anonymous said...

lol, the skipping guy!!! now that is a good question. who was he? he was always behind the quarterpipes and bank doing some non-stop skipping.

Anon said...

Interesting read.. a bit long.. but a worthwhile message. Loving the site so far!

nasky said...

i hate the pic... well we gotta chillout..

Alvin said...

Thanks for using the term 'Casterboarders' yep what u say is true, skaters hate casterboarders, I use to casterboard, so I am still supportive of the casterboarding scene in SG, so... Make Love, Not War :D

Chris said...

Well, I'm also into all three of these sports, it's funny to see peoples reactions when I aggressive skate for an hour or 2 and then go and grab my skateboard and rip that around for another hour or so anf then ride home on my bike. People have called me a trans-skatual.

Gordon said...

Sock on two wheels + alligator from top view = MERCEDES LOGO?

patrickthatsme said...

I ride a scooter and nobody is rude to me when i ride at Somerset or east coast park, and I am not rude to them. I used to ride a skateboard but stopped.
scooters = awesome lol

Wheel Love said...

All Skate, No Hate.

Thats what we always say.

Anonymous said...

patrick,is ur scooter a razor scooter,if yes,where did u buy it?

Anonymous said...

I still think BMXers are assholes the majority of em.

Anonymous said...

oO?I dont remember that picture

skateboardermum said...

Hi ! I searched the web for info on skateboarding for my 10 yr old son who is into skateboarding in recent years . I came across this site and I must say its a great Job Done guys ! having read this article ,I recalled an incident happened at ECP which pissed me off ! my son was not a very skillful skateboarder n he probably wasn't "smart" enough n so he headed for the same ramp the other biker was heading for and halfway up he gave up but the biker went up though, he probably planned to come down again but stopped on top and out of frustration he threw his bike down the direction where my boy's board went .*my boy was walking towards to get his board . That guy also gave out a "roar" in the process ! I know if my boy wants to join the community , he has to learn some manners around the park but he was jus 8 yrs old ! As a mother I cant help but worry for him ! I wished he could have scolded my son instead so that he have a chance to learn instead of frightening him like that ! When I aproached him , he said he want me to " get the F**K out of there ! " He probably meant all the skateboarders but just ranted his frustrations at my son but hey !!! shout-out to that biker - "pick someone your size !!!"

Anonymous said...

wow,why didn't u call the police?

patrickthatsme said...

@anonymous my scooter is from australia, its called Madd gear, you can buy razors here, ultra pro and ultra pro low at takashimaya toy department or razor pro model at peninsula spitfire skate, i would reccomend to go for the ultra pro.

neo dugas said...

iv been rollerblading for 11 years and i love most skateboarders i meet, however bikers... jesus

Anonymous said...

srsly ah, bikers are sometimes just fked up. err the mother above, next time if u see someone like that, u should just call the people in charge/ the park officers/ the police etc. its public place... and ur son did nothing wrong, there was no need to scold him, everyone must have a start right? it was not wrong for him to not try out what he wants to try, and using such vulgarities on 8 years old is really too much LOL. maybe if he was 13? 15? it might be ok but 8???? LOL

Anonymous said...

n its called a SKATE PARK not a BMX PARK

Anonymous said...

u cant realy blame the bikers cuz in the future if ur son is a skater and he goes with his friend and not you...he might use the same language so we cant realy do anything......

Anonymous said...

i am talking to who said "its callled skate park not a bmx park' skate got alot of meaning u know STUPID !!

Anonymous said...

I was at Somerset yesterday I was very angry with this biker he threw my board into the dustbin and scolded some hard words on me when I took my board back and went back to the benches and there he was shouting at me like a dog

Anonymous said...

Skateboarding is a very personal affair for some of us. Every time we do a trick, we're setting up for the next 900. Which means that we put everything into that next trick. Some of us have 9 to 6 jobs and by the time we get to skate park we have little energy left to bother about this or that, we're focused on breaking the trick barrier. Of course we're pissed.(Can you imagine how it feels when you're climaxing and someone stops you.)

Joe Red said...

Hi... I just got to Singapore for a week and wanted to get in on a session with some bladers while I'm here. I came all the way from Houston, TX and if anyway possible can someone let me know if there is anyone who would be willing to skate with an out of townee this Friday, (4-06-12)?

Anonymous said...

just show up at somerset park there will be mostly skateboarders but a few inliners also. just ask them if they want to go street skating later. everyone is friendly

Anonymous said...

Hey guys i am 11 years old and i skate at west coast skatepark on a ripstik and i just broke mine do u guys know anywhere cheap i can buy them

Anonymous said...

I was skateboarding the other day and some scooter gets in my way after grinding (on purpose) i fall off my board after an ollie (to avoid him) so i get up and say "oi, why did you do that" and he says "F*** off" and spits on my board and me!!! Unbelivable but i also ride a bmx, but i live in england lol

Luzman Azrin said...

eh bros..where can i buy a pair of good aggressive inline skates size 12 in singapore without ordering online ? any brand is good..if can i want remz haffey 2.2

Paul Herber said...

inline skates is very risky one but here they did very well..

Samanta said...

thank you for information...

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