I think a lot of people have their own opinion on what qualifies as a trend, and what doesn’t. From foot-stops to full-cut helmets, anything could be considered trendy. I think people grasp onto whatever it is the skaters they look up to are doing—be it the pros or just a local ripper. As long as you’re doing your own thing and not trippin’ on what the masses are doing then everything’s cool in my opinion—which will hopefully prevent the spread of kooky ideas and fads.
I think skateboarding, and downhill in particular, is full of trendy shit these days. I remember when I started skating downhill, people just went fast, and the only form of competition was racing. There weren’t too many videos and photos of people just skating hills. No good mags, no Instagram, and not too many other ways for information to spread. Over the course of the past couple of years though social media—and media in general—has blown up, and all sorts of info and ideas are getting out there. Anybody these days can make a video and share it all over the internet. This has made the spread of information pretty easy and accessible to many skaters out there.
As you all know, there’s a lot of over-hyped products, ways of riding, and even tricks out there these days. But along with all this trendiness there also comes with it a lot of real shit that is valuable to skaters as well. It’s up to us as individuals to pick out what’s hyped-up garbage and separate it from what’s actually legit. As downhill skating gets bigger there will be more and more kooky stuff, so stick to what’s sick.
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