The skateboarding scene has seen a lot of groth and decline. Now with longboards being adopted it might seem like the current trend is in decline. So what does his mean?
Casual longboarding allowed more people to get to a stage where they're comfortable on a board.
This is a big step to start attempting more technical styles, I think it's strange to assume that one shape and setup is good enough for everyone for every style of skating, there are skateboarders who get offended by the idea of using soft wheels on their street deck for commuting because they're that elitest.
Ask 5 different longboarders how they would create an all around board and get 5 completely different answers.
Gear variation is great because it allows you to use the parts that compliment your style, it's bad because people try to pay-to-win. "I can't do toesides, maybe if I get hoots then I can" mentality is big with kids with too much money, so that's good for the industry.
Skateboard gear stagnated, you can get the highest quality decks for $15, kids that don't skate hard rarely have to replace their stuff. They rarely snap decks, grind through to the axles or wear down small hard wheels. They very rarely even buy bushings.
With longboarders it's "I can't do this, I need this new gear" which means people own way too much stuff and people are always trying to sell and trade it.
At least where I am, I'd say skateboarders outnumber longboarders 25:1, and removing campus-cruiser types, probably 100:1
Yet, I think the diversity within longboards help the community grow. Their is a shape/size for everyone with just the right graphic. You can find one that catches your eye and make you want it.
Plus the community itself is way more positive.
Skateboarding will always be around but I sure do think that it is on the decline as compared to longboarding is certainly on the rise.
In my oppinion at least.