In 1995, just four years after rollerblading became the fastest growing participation sport in human history, the first X-Games made its way into households across America. While millions of people were already familiar with the idea of inline skating as a recreational activity, the X-Games was the first time most viewers ever saw a side of the sport known then as aggressive inline skating.
For any young sport, getting so much exposure was a triumph - seen at the time as testimony to the sports?? longevity; a sign of widespread public acceptance. But what no one seemed to expect was public backlash from the recently united action sports community that nearly erased the sports?? mainstream marketability.
More than ten years later, a young sport that many wrote off as unoriginal has discovered the truth behind its origins and progressed to levels of unfathomable athleticism. Traits once viewed as weaknesses have evolved into strengths, and while the world slept, rollerblading "and those who live to do" it built a formidable international network of the dedicated and industrious nature.
We are those who survived the Apocalypse, we are the next generation.
"Keep rollin, lace the beat, and live the flow. This is rollerblading." - Kyle Bleth of Connection Lost
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