What’s the best and worst thing about “longboarding”?
Best: More people skateboarding. Longer boards and soft wheels, in general, are user friendly and easier to ride. This has opened the doors to people who typically would not ride a skateboard. Because of its simplicity, it makes it possible for everyone to ride a skateboard and enjoy the fun it has to offer.
Worst: On the flip side, because a longboard is so user-friendly, it attracts people who know nothing about skateboarding. It used to be that when you saw someone skating down the street you were instantly friends because you both knew and liked the same things. You were skateboarders and had that common bond of experience. Nowadays you will see a random dude pushing down the street and you can just tell they are clueless. They bought their longboard the same way they would buy a beach cruiser or a scooter. Even worse, is when you see jocks, bros or frat boys pushing a skateboard. Those are the guys who 10 years ago laughed at us because we were skateboarders, but all of a sudden longboards are in GQ Magazine and now it’s the cool thing to do. If people are going to start skateboarding they should educate themselves on the subject of what they are about to embark upon—understand that it’s more than a toy—it’s a subculture and a way of life for millions around the world; millions who are willing to defend that.” —Andrew Mercado (hitting the nail on the head of why I can’t stand “longboarding”)