It’s pretty sad but most of the time when I am out in the water I am the only guy doing dropknee, occasionally I will see someone who will have a crack at it forehand but it’s pretty rare that I see someone who is a full time dk rider or can ride backhand.
I try to surf every wave dk these days which has been a very long and frustrating road (felt like giving up so many times and I am only still average at it), and some surfs it still is very frustrating and waves get blown but if you get a few good ones it makes the session for me, especially since it is so hard.
I think that is a big reason for people not dking, it is damn hard and like some of you have mentioned, you appreciate good dk all the more once you have had a crack at it and realized how hard it was yourself. I think a lot of people get discouraged. I am far from being a good dk’er but I am really happy with how I have progressed, however it has taken me ages to get to the average standard that I am at (being able to ride backhand, forehand, do turns and off the lips/floats).
I love watching dk, on dvd or live and wish more guys/girls would have a crack and realize how much fun it can be and that once they get into it they will enjoy watching it a lot more. I think it will never die, it will never be more popular than prone considering how hard it is, what waves it is functional on and all the coverage and hype going to prone guys but I am pretty sure there will always be people doing it.