Since the advent of street skating, it's increasing popularity has made virtually any surface skateable. As more skaters took to this new terrain - that had been there the whole time - more skate shops opened to support the expansion. Many of these shops wee skater-owned and flourished from a passion for skateboarding. Economic times change and that hurt many amazing indie sk8 shops. Whenever you can, help support the indie shop next time you need a deck or parts.
Everything runs in cycles and we're now seeing a resurgence in ramps, but the one thing that remains constant is the need for independent skate shops that care about skateboarding more than corporate profit margins. When it's all about money, the quality drops and skaters stop doing business at those shops. Seek out a quality indie skate shop and become part of their vibrant scene.
Uninformed skaters/consumers need your help. You can lend a hand and help support local skate shops by downloading these SYLSS "Crappy Skateboard" WARNING LABELS (4-up PDF files) and stick 'em on those crappy products you encounter in the mall, discount stores, toy stores and sporting goods stores.
Only independent skateboard shops sell quality products that won't break or fall apart in the first 10 minutes of use. Boards purchased from crappy department stores and gluttonous box-stores are unsafe and will usually result in unnecessary injuries.
Your local skate shop is the only place that cares about you and ensuring you get high quality equipment. Department stores, toy stores and sporting goods stores only want your money. Independent skate shops want to keep you as a customer by helping you get the best products available.
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