Here’s a great video from the BBC about the new roller skating craze.
Yay ! I’m really glad to see people getting into this great pastime. I spent every spare minute I had going ice skating (It relieved the stress of my Russian Ballet lessons). Skating in any way that you can is so much fun that you forget everything else that’s going on. Sure, it takes some coordination and practice but skating on wheels is something you can figure out for yourself. Once you feel confident having the Earth moving under your feet you’re good to go.
Wear knee protection ( trust me, you don’t want to get banged up when you’re starting out).
Get New Skates :
You can start from scratch with used skates at a rink but, as soon as you can afford it, you need to buy your own high quality skates. The reason is that you’ll have more fun and success in skates that fit you and the most important thing is ankle support.
Don’t Try Tricks Without An Instructor :
The front “stopper” on your skates is important for performing tricks but don’t get ahead of yourself. Putting your stopper down when your even going slowly can cause you to fly forward, crash and burn. That’s how you break your nose, wrist or arm. Pay a real skating instructor for a lesson or two, most rinks have teachers ready to help you. Your body parts will be glad you did.
Don’t Skate Alone At A Ring When Starting Out :
If you can, Go skating with a friend, instructor or parent. You can laugh with each other every time you land on your tush instead of feeling like everyone is judging you and you feel that you look like an idiot.
Hopefully, this new interest in skates will cause people to open up old skating rinks again.
Did you skate when you were a kid ? Was it roller skating or ice skating ? Tell me about your childhood adventures.