3/02/2010Posted 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.