Recently I was flipping through some channels when a commercial came on for the state of California. Professional skateboarder Paul Rodriguez popped out and said a few words. I changed the channel and the movie “Accepted” was on and I swear I saw both Greg Lutzka and Chad Fernandez up in the mix. It really got me thinking on how popular skateboarding really is right now. It’s always had its ups and downs and right now skateboarding is hotter than ever.
Another example are the shows on MTV like “Life of Ryan” or “Rob and Big”, which are both skateboarding influenced. Go into town and walk down any street and go ahead and ask a random person if they know who Tony Hawk is. Chances are they might know exactly who he is, regardless if they have ever even stepped on a board in there life.
Be aware of the popularity of skateboarding and how “cool” mainstream media and specific television shows have made it to be. Be very aware and move on, instead of dwelling on it move on with life and keep skateboarding for the reasons you began. You know you didn’t start skateboarding because it was the “in” thing to do. You can’t do anything to decrease its popularity and hating on it wont get you anywhere either.
Just keep skateboarding and having fun like you’ve always done because that’s really what counts. You the skateboarder; who skated when it wasn’t the “cool” thing to do, when there where no shows or commercials idolizing it as the “hip” look, when you would skate not knowing a future career could ever even exist from skateboarding. Skateboarding is yours and will truly always be yours. Remember that and cherish it because when the drought comes along again everyone will have moved on and you will be there, still shredding the streets as usual. Because you love it. Because you live it. Because you are it. Skateboarding.
Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 in Skateboarding.