Posted by:on April 3rd, 2008
Nobody wants to go to jail!
Skate Daily brought our attention to three Vert Death Knell stories today. The XGames is abandoning the vert ramp competition and the latest Vans park remodel will not include a vert ramp. Haw haw! That must be why I’ve been hearing so many “we should build a vert ramp” comments lately here in Oregon. Since big vert is no longer considered commercially viable, maybe it’s edgy now?
Is Oregon ahead of the curve or is California behind it? It’s not a question of whether doing a dexterous flip of the toe down a huge stair set is gnarly, it is. The X games is proposing to give us a Superpark so that “kids will be able to watch the X Games skateboarding competition for SuperPark and see pros on the same obstacles that they might be able to ride at their local park.” Yeah, well my local park has a twenty-foot diameter full pipe that ends in an eleven and a half-foot deep bowl with tile and pool coping. I still lose sleep thinking about how I will ever get over that mousehole.
It seems like mankind is in decline. Each new technology makes it easier for people to do their jobs and there is a commensurate loss of quality associated with reduced commitment. If it’s harder to master a skill, having that skill is more valuable. Not everyone will be willing to make the sacrifices required to get to that level. I occasionally enjoy sampled electronic music but no way is it as interesting as the music that’s being sampled that was originally created by people who actually know how to play musical instruments.
It may actually be a good thing that the spectacle is done with skateboarding. So a few talented jocks won’t be able to make a fabulous living from a childish diversion. That was always a perversion of skateboarding anyway. I’m betting the superpark is not going to draw any better ratings than big vert. Who wants to watch someone skate a miniramp unless it’s from across the deck?
Do we really want skateboarding to become like Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, where every superior ability is deliberately crippled in the name of “human equality?”
There will always be people ready to get out there and skate it. ESPN and Vans can suck it.
photos by MC and Kilwag
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