Benjamin Friant is one of the most iconic and influential riders of this sport. With 10 years of riding under his belt, the 24 year old Swiss knows everything there is to know about this industry and the people who make it.
Benj Took to his Facebook yesterday to address something he and a lot of other riders notice and fell passionate about. I personally agree with absolutely every single word Benj says right here and feel like this has to be seen by everyone involved in this scene. These are his words.
"Message to everyone in the scooter scene... Feel free to share it. People need to understand.
I think it's time for me to post my thoughts on facebook because I think people (riders and brands) need to realize this. It has been a huge problem for our sport these last few years and it's not going to get any better. Everyone knows our sport is a young sport (I'm more talking about the age of the riders) and there's nothing bad about it. But thing is, there's not enough "old" (around 20-25) riders. Usually the riders stop riding at the age of 16-18. There are 2 obvious reasons to this. 1st : they are done with school and need to find a proper job to earn a living and 2nd (the one I see more often these days) they loose their motivation. And this happens more and more and ealier also. If you look into skateboarding, BMX, or any other sport. Most of the people are over 25-30. They have influence in their sport and a lot of experience to help and keep their sport growing in a professional way. Which is not the case in our sport. Many of my friends stopped riding because they were told that scootering is not cool. But who are they to tell you that ? You need to remember what made you start riding in the first place. Why you used to love it. The amazing feeling of riding with your friends and landing new tricks. I have been riding alone for the past 3 years. And it becomes really heavy on me but I keep riding because I love it. Even if you don't have a lot of time, if you really want something, you'll manage to find a moment to do it. Our sport will never grow up as long as the riders (amators and pros) will quit riding. The brands have a lot of responsibilites in this. I know it is hard for the brands to pay the riders. But unfortunately, it is the only way to keep the riders pushing their limits and to keep them motivated. They don't need of fortune, but just enough to pay a rent and food would already be an amazing start. I encourage all the brands that can afford paying riders to do it.
We need all of you guys in a few years. Stick to your piece of metal for a few more decades. There's no age to quit riding"