Dirtsurfing is gaining popularity around the world but where this new sport goes and how fast it gets there will depend on a number of important factors, some of which are explored in this article. If the inventors and promoters of dirtsurfing can overcome these obstacles the sport will go on to do great things. If, on the other hand, the obstacles cannot be overcome, the sport may fizzle out in time.
What Dirtsurfing Must Overcome in Order to Become a Major Sport
Dirtsurfing, essentially in-line freestyle boarding on 2 large wheels (16” or 20”), is slowly becoming very popular , mostly in European countries, in Canada, and, most recently, in the US. The invention of Graeme Attey, an inventor/engineer from Australia, it has much to offer thrill-seeking athletes, including outstanding speed, patented riding stability, and sensations hitherto reserved for snowboarding and surfing. Notwithstanding its many impressive features and its growing fan base, dirtsurfing will have a hard time establishing itself as the next great free gliding sport unless it can overcome the following obstacles.
New inventions almost always run into this phenomenon. Most people are wary of things they have not tried and that wariness is greatly expanded the more risk is involved. Will this be just another fad? Will I be wasting my money? Does it work as well as they say it does? Is it worth my time, my money, and my effort? These are the questions that will plague potential enthusiasts until the sport becomes relatively well-established. If a substantial number of respected and well-known competitors and sporting authorities get behind this new sport, this stumbling block may be set aside.
Although the prospect of danger does not necessarily diminish interest in a new sporting product (and may even enhance it), most sporting enthusiasts are not stupid either. They are willing to take calculated risk that falls within manageable realms. You must also take into account the concerns of the communities that will have to accept this new sport, even if they will not necessarily participate in it. Exactly how dangerous is dirtsurfing and how manageable are the risks? Will the sport pose any dangers to people on the sidelines? Will young people, for example, take to traffic-laden roads, thus putting innocent drivers at risk?
Laws and Ordinances That Pertain to This Sport
Mast communities have laws, ordinances and policies meant to regulate and monitor all sporting activities. Exactly what new laws will dirtsurfing inspire and which of the laws already in place will affect how well it is received and regulated? This can help determine how well the sport takes off and if it takes off at all in a particular community.
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