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34 Responses to “Alex Broskow: Valo Clip of the day”
There are more rollerbladers in the tiny country of France than the entire United States. Why? because you tap tiny rails like these and think its important.
Come to a French comp with 10,000 people watching, and 500 beginners competing and you’ll understand. Broskow didn’t make the first round cut at Winterclash, but at BCSD he does spin to win on a skateboard rail.
The fact of the matter is, skateboarding bitch slapped rollerblading 10 years ago. That is what has killed rollerblading. I don’t check skateboarding websites, but I would imagine the same kind of commenting goes on.
Couple of people commenting on the rail being short.
Normally I hate small/short/low grinds, but some tricks are actually MUCH more difficult on them. Getting a really nice looking topside on something really low can be extremely tough for example, as you have to get your body down towards it, whereas we’re used to jumping up towards things.
This full cab fish 360 out is also insane due to the shortness of the rail. He has to get the spin into the grind done on time, lock it and be balanced enough (doesn’t have 10 feet to prepare his body) to be ready to hit the 360 out.
Whilst it may not look visually as impressive as doing the trick on a drop rail, it’s actually a lot more difficult technically.
A lot of rollerbladers understand that. Outside eyes, the ones we’re trying to draw into rollerblading, would not.
So sections/clips are always a catch 22. We’ve accepted that we’re ridiculously underground and are progressing the “sport” for ourselves and not for others, who want to see the IMYTA final spot tricks and the huge park comps, which are also incredibly sick but in a different way.
Whether or not one (or more) companies will ever deliberately embrace a section structure to show 50% rollerblading as the individual wants to showcase his own style and 50% attempted “larger appeal” rollerblading would be interesting to see, but I doubt it would ever happen and it’d probably be in vain anyway, given that we host everything on Vimeo and not YouTube, where the numbers are.
We (rollerbladers) can’t embrace the diverse mix that rolling has to offer, hence the constant cyclical arguments, so how do we expect the public to? And to be honest at this stage, do we care/does it matter? The only people that it directly affects (apart from when boot companies go bust) is the pros and sponsorship is a perk of rolling, a bonus, it isn’t the main deal. We all roll for fun and self-progression at the end of the day and juggle it with our jobs. Just the way it is.