There's a lot of bad skate photography out there. I used to be on a skate photography forum that while interesting, seemed to preach photo teachings that I didn't subscribe to. You'd post a photo and everyone would comment on the rim light and if there was enough fill and really just miss the point.
Of course this is all my opinion. My documentary work is all natural lighting. So of course I could care less about bringing in outside light.
Anyway, my point is that while there is a lot of boring skate photography, there's also a lot of awesome stuff. Ryan Allan could not have nailed this shot any harder.
This is the truth.