Haters are all around us, especially in skateboarding. Shit, I’m a hater sometimes. In skateboarding, everyone has their own unique style, and it’s easy to bag on others that are different from yourself or your particular crew. Go to youtube and type in Tony Hawk. Most of the comments will be straight hate—bet it doesn’t phase him though, cause he’s having fun, shredding hard, and is making more money than you. Downhill skateboarding specifically isn’t quite at the same level that street or park skating is, but I have a feeling that it will be someday. We need to get ready for this shit to blow up.
That said, during your time on a skateboard you are bound to encounter some people who aren’t down with the way you shred. I’m not claiming profound knowledge or wisdom on the subject, but I’ve run into my fair share of haters over the past couple years. Here are some of my views on the matter:
- DGK put it best: “I love haters.” Don’t get butthurt about what they say, let it be fuel to skate even harder.
- The more recognized you become as a skater the more hate you receive. Congratulate yourself and keep on keepin’ on.
- The crazy ol’ internet makes it easy for people who know nothing about skating to talk shit. Don’t take it too seriously.
- Like your 1st grade teacher said, respect others and they will respect you. Try to stay humble and respectful.
- Stay focused and keep killing it, don’t alter the way you do things because of shit talk.
With all the new faces getting involved in this corner of skateboarding there is a growing number of new voices and opinions on style, gear, and type of riding. I feel that skateboarding itself is expanding and maturing in general, and people need to stay true to their roots and ignore those that aren’t cool with how a person skates. Do your thing! Change what you do for yourself—not for sponsors, not for other people, and definitely not for the haters.
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