Online Questions

Posted: 2014-09-24 in Uncategorized

As I’ve alluded to before, I’m fairly active in a number of online communities.  Since I haven’t actually typed a post here in nigh on a year, I’ll do my best to keep this one as cogent as possible.  But, these communities have their ups and downs.  Every fall, there’s an influx of newbies going back to school.  Every holiday season, there’s an influx of parents or kids researching gifts.  During the doldrums, things get a bit nutty as users get stir-crazy in the winter months.  Every spring, a bunch of know-it-alls and Educated Idiots come out of the woodwork and argue with everyone.  Summer begins with more newbies asking questions, and then forum activity slows as folks are out skating.

This year, however, has brought out a new type of user.  Similar to the Repetitive Customer Quote entry I made earlier, there are a LOT of forum n00bs (used in a detrimental manner to show that one is unwilling to put any effort into research and helping themselves) asking the same darn question.  They’re not asking which wheel is best for sliding, what the best board is, why this board is so big/small, or if longboarders are poseurs.  No sir, they’re constantly asking which board is best for cruising.

Fact of the matter is, YOU CAN CRUISE ON ANYTHING!  The term “cruiser” as it applies to skate- or longboarding is simply a product of the mainstream skate market.  I’ve touched on it before, but to the mainstream skate industry, “longboard” is a 4-letter word.  Even though nearly every skateboard company under the sun has started making some form of ‘longboard’ over the past 5 years, there’s still an air of negativity.  I have no idea where all these cruisers are coming from…but, daily, there are at least one or two threads over at the ol’ Silverfish forums asking if this board can be cruised upon, which board is best for cruising, or what wheels are best for cruising, ad nauseum.  I can only speculate at this point.

In the days before longboarding was a thing, I had friends that cruised for miles on their “normal” skateboards, hard wheels and all.  A few years ago, distance skateboard races and skate marathons really took off…competitive cruising, if you will.  Then, Penny boards became en vogue.  The best I can tell is that Penny boards, and other nonsense plastic POS’s, ushered in a new era of retro ideology, and more people discovered what the rest of skateboarding discovered 40 years ago:  Tiny boards are fun, but really suck to get around on.  Couple that with a few trends within longboarding; symmetric drop-through designs, “bricked” boards, and double-kick designs that resemble a more traditional street skateboard; and everything about skateboarding seems to have come to a common intersection…being that longboards have evolved into a more traditional shape, and traditional skateboards have trended towards bigger and wider.

But, that’s just my opinions at this point…I’m just connecting the dots as I see ’em.  But still, the fact remains:



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