WHO KNOWS. Maybe if I had one of these back in 1990 counting how many backside 360s off a launch ramp I was landing I’d still be skating today. Instead, I quit the sport and now relegate myself to longingly watching the youngsters at the skateparks, trying to build up the courage to once again step on a skateboard at the age of 37.
It’s mind-boggling how far extreme sports have come in such a relatively small amount of time; the tricks — and the speed at which they’re done — would have been unimaginable just years ago. I’m sure the internet has much to do with the advance. Now you can find out what other surfers and skateboarders are doing just by jumping on YouTube. No need to wait for the VHS (or Betamax) to come to your local skate or surf shop.