I doubt it will ever come back to 90's levels and I don't mind. It didn't die, it just fell underground(for good I believe) and now the only people that do it are the ones that really just do it for the fun and love of the sport. I'll never give it up completely. It's fun as hell wearing shoes with wheels strapped to em.
Also, I'll go ahead and say Skateboarding is more technical and harder to perform the same trick(lets be honest they aren't really the same but you know what I mean) on the same course.
Example: 360 down a ten stairset. On a skateboard, pretty damn sketch and hard. On rollerblades, I could still do this easily and I'm by no means good at blading anymore.
On the flipside though, I think this is why skateboarders are so butthurt and hate blading so much. Anybody who knows their ass from a hole in the ground knows they are two different sports though and don't really compare.
Also, it's much less dead in any other country besides the US.
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Nobody does it anymore?? Ever heard of winterclash?? Yea I hadn't either.
But there was a fuckload of nobody from all over the world to attend the tenth anniversary of that event. Not exactly a dead sport.
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