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Is social media making it easier to be a rider?

Matt McKeen is without a doubt one of the most influential scooter riders of all time. We met with him to have a chat about social media, learning curves, and Razor scooters.

Back in the year 2000, a young Matt Mckeen got on a scooter for the first time. As time has passed by, the Razor scooter has been switched out with a custom setup made of parts from top brands such as Proto, River Wheels, and Hella Grip.

We sat down with him to talk about if it’s easier to be a newbie today than when he started riding 18 years ago.

“Back then it was really crazy to be able to do a tailwhip. It took me close to a year to learn that trick because I never saw anybody do it in front of me. Today you can find a tutorial for that on Youtube or Instagram, which is great for the beginners”, he says.

The evolution of scootering

Like the internet, freestyle scooter hardware has luckily gone through a huge evolution and has become bigger as well. They have become more durable and maneuverable since the first riders started to do whips, flips, and grinds on their Razor scooters - Something that Matt points out also have an effect:

“It’s unbelievable to see how quickly the kids are progressing nowadays. Modern scooters are designed to do crazy stuff on the streets and in the park. Combine that with the fact that the young kids are being subjected to videos, which show the endless amount of things you can do with a scooter. Then you end up with a recipe that really pushes their skill level”.

But according to Matt, there can also be a downside by only being inspired by the things you see on the social media:

“I see a lot of young kids doing a lot of the same tricks. They’re trying to stay with the trends rather than try to express different riding styles. And personal style is important if you want to be a pro rider”, he says and adds:

“I often see guys where I think - Wow he’s talented, but he doesn’t have his own style. I think it comes with age. When you’re young, you want to learn all the tricks and do the cool things. If you stay with scootering, you’ll find out what you like to do, and in which direction you want to go.”

The internet helped scootering become a worldwide community

Matt points out that the scooter community has always had a special link with the internet and social media, even before Facebook and Instagram emerged.

“The scene formed into a community because of the internet. You might know a few kids in the neighborhood but everyone tried to find more people. Then the online forums were created and all of a sudden you could talk with people from all over the world”, he says and continues:

“Then Facebook and Instagram came around and made videos more accessible. Unlike skateboarding, where you had to sit and wait for a video to come out on VHS or DVD, for us, it has always been about online videos instead.”

Talking about videos online - Matt runs a blog called Trendkill, a riding collective dedicated to showcasing independent scooter videos make sure to check it out Trendkillcollective to get inspired.

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