As a surfer and a skater, this movie really paints the picture of many aspects of our own lives, and has amazing symbolism. Most people who watch this movie (who aren't real surf-lovers or skaters) won't understand completely how it is for a sport to be at the face of commercialism. The movie illustrates how commercialism spreads people apart, and how it ruins the aspects of surfing and skating that make it fun. Surfing and skating are very simple sports, and the simplicity of it is what makes the beauty and genuine fun of it possible. Lords of Dogtown is a movie that explains (like all things) that skating and surfing are stripped of the simple, genuine loving fun when they are taken to extreme commercialism. Bonds and friendships (similar to Alva's manager) are not genuinely formed in the pursuit of money. The bonds that you form in any sport really, go deeper and should be foremost in the pursuit of money. This is being seen in the snowboarding world mainly right now, and it's honestly disheartening to watch it get so competitive on the flips and spins, as the simple parts of the sport are forgotten. Which is why the last scene is so beautifully laid out. It reunites the bonds made in the roots, that go deeper than the business and money aspect of life.