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Old March 6th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #1
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So I have been doing some research on aggressive skating, and rollerblading in general since I decided to get back in to it. One thing I noticed that has changed is that you hardly ever see anyone wearing pads. Not even wrist guards.

I was watching "Barely Dead" and one part stuck out to me, when one of the guys was talking about how rollerblading was being shunned and had to sort of go underground, he said "and then we decide to get rid of the pad, and it made us much more fluid skaters, as we couldnt fall any more".

This seems really silly to me. Especially as I was reading an interview with Brian Aragon and he was complaining about how a bunch of people on his tour where injured.

So, I guess the question is, why does no one wear pads?

Sure, they may be uncool, but so is a skull fracture.
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Old March 6th, 2011, 06:46 AM   #2
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It is the 'lemming factor'.

If the 'cool' people don't wear pads........then.........(fill in the blank).

If all of the leaders in the industry wore pads, then you'd most likely see the rest wearing pads, too.

But, it also has to do with street cred.
People with lower incomes thrive on earning their props legit......i.e : the hard way - no pads, no money, no hand-outs, just straight up skills. And wealthier people don't want to be looked upon as rich, or appear as if their wealth had anything to do with their success. So, they try to emulate those raised on the street, in order to gain street cred.

And of course kids don't use the best judgement. They just do what their friends do.

Vicious loop.
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Old March 6th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #3
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This is a direct copy from my facebook page, favorite quotation:
If you're still shredding the bowls when you're in your 30's you're lucky, however, if you and your old ass are still shredding those bowls when you're in your 40's, you wore your helmet. - That's 10 correctly used variations of "you're" and "your" in one sentence.
Yeah, I'm the pad nazi. (also a grammer nazi heh)

I'm lucky tho, I'm way too old to be worrying about shi7 like being cool, or streed cred or such.....

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Old March 12th, 2011, 04:23 AM   #4
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Chris Edwards wore his pads, you should too.
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