Anyway, we used to skate every day. This was in the mid 90's. Inline skating was on the X-Games. It was very popular. I didn't realize until recently that apparently inline skating's popularity has gone down big time. Some estimate showing it is down by 50%. That is a huge decrease! As I started thinking, I realized it has been a while since I saw people skating outside. I have been looking up the topic online and have found that it is no longer in the X-Games since the mid 2000's and even the ASA association which was all about skating seems to be no more.
I know skateboarding is still pretty popular. Those are the kinds of kids that should be inline skating, or at least try it. I bet many kids these days are not even exposed to it and have never tried it. BMX is still in the X-Games like skateboarding, so why wouldn't they keep inline? I think it is time for it to make a comeback.
Update 8-8-11: I posted the question on Reddit and got some responses and discussion on the topic. Everyone had a theory, but there was not a clear cut answer. It looks like it may have been a combination of a few things including:
- The sport being considered uncool or "gay".
- Skates being inconvenient because you are not on shoes.
- Just a fading trend.
- Less tv exposure.
I think if the main skate companies look at these things and try to fix it, the sport can regain popularity. All you need is a good commercial showing skaters doing cool tricks on ramps and rails, put some current music to it and air it during shows that teenage boys watch. Sales would increase I'm sure.