Want to go for a nice, smooth, virtual video ride on inline skates?
Check out "A Day in the Life of a Skate Instructor in London." This is a long title for a cool short film that lets you skate along with and peek into the life of Mark Davies, the owner and founder of SkateInstructor.com and one of the top SIICP inline skate Instructors and examiners in the world. Filming and editing were done by Andrew and Frazer. The sound effects and music track was composed, recorded and mixed by Eliot Lloyd Short.
Mark has the first and currently the only inline skating school (as far as he knows) in the UK to be licensed by a government body to teach inline skating and operate a skating academy in any of London's Parks. To learn more about Skateinstructor's adults and children's inline skating lessons, visit the SkateInstructor.com website.
It may surprise you to know that there are talented skaters in the United States cannot afford new equipment for speed and other disciplines, so good used skating equipment is always in demand. Skates that finally get "dumped" are usually outdated, broken and not safe for use.
"Tis the season to help skaters in need, so if anyone does know of good new or used inline skates that need a home, there are skaters in the United States as well as Rwanda, Cameroon and other locations that could use them.
Don't let good skates go bad sitting alone in your closet or garage. Feel free to use equipment and personal ads in our forum to request, offer and network skating gear.
Photo © Eric Huffman - iStockphoto
A recent post about the Flex Brake, Ben Wilson's lightweight braking system designed to fit most inline speed skates or fitness skates, sparked a flurry of information about other past and current inline skate brakes and alternatives that could show up in your new and used skate shopping specs at any time. Some of the newer technology might even make good gift giving for a die-hard experiential recreational, fitness or gravity skater. Although most other inline skating disciplines are not into braking systems.
The Flex Brake is just one of many new and old stock and aftermarket inline braking systems like Oxygen Power Braking, Ultra Wheels DBS, Powerslide Universal Brake System, Hydraulic Brakes, Rollerblade ABT Brakes, Pressure Activated System (PAS), PBS Brakes, Roces Tartaruga, DXS Inline Skating Disk Brakes and Gravity Master that can be found on new and used skating equipment or added as an upgrade.
Even with all of these new and old efforts, traditional friction brakes are still around and going strong. Skids even briefly offered a front brake pad back in the day. But many advanced skaters will prefer to use no brake - so t-stops, v-stops and power slides are still their stopping method of choice.
Inline figure skating is an art of its own. These skaters use a rubber "pic" or "toe stop" assembly in the front of the skate, but it is not intended as a brake - it is used to assist jumps and some footwork maneuvers.
Do you want a Flex Brake, toe stops or some brake pads in your Christmas stocking? The time to start hinting is now.
After being a six-time Team USA member (2006, 2008-2012) and a four-time World Championship Silver Medalist in the Inline Women's Free Skating event, this summer, Natalie was awarded the 2011 Artistic Athlete of the Year by USA Roller Sports during the Hall of Fame reception. She was the top World Class inline skater in the ladies event at USARS Nationals and earned another spot on Team USA.
And now to top off the year, she has earned the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) Bronze Medal at the 2013 World Championship in Taipei-City, Chinese Taipei in November of 2013.
There are a lot of great inline figure skaters all over the world, but few are as entertaining and determined as Anup Kumar Yama. And this year his participation in Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI) activities since he was four years old has paid off. 29-year-old Anup, who was the first Indian skater to win a Bronze medal in inline freestyle at the 2012 World Roller Skating Championship in New Zealand, placed over former inline world champions Carlos Urquia of Argentina and Lee Chun of Chinese Taipei to win the Gold metal at the recent (November 5-16) 2013 World Roller Skating Championship in Taipei-City, Chinese Taipei.
Anup made his dream of winning a gold medal a reality, and then got to hear the national anthem of India played during the award ceremony. Now, he is the only Indian to ever win a gold and a bronze at the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) World Championship level. He also earned five gold, three silver and nine bronze medals at the Asian Games as well as 228 gold medals won at domestic skating events in India that include quad freestyle singles and pairs, team dance, solo dance and compulsory figures.
Yama enjoys being the highest ranked inline and quad roller figure skater in India, and his country is proud of him. How many inline or roller figure skaters can come home to see huge public billboards proclaiming their success along the roads?
The final season of the Rollerdome Program is not forever. Although current skating activities in the old Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota will end on December 27th, the new stadium will permit inline and quad skating activities after all.
Minnesota is the home of the Rollerblade® brand and many inline skating events and outdoor activities. The Rollerdome Program has also been a big part of the state's skating legacy. So, it is good to know that after some lobbying and a successful petition drive, the new stadium's designs have been adjusted to continue to allow skating.
Skaters will have to wait 2.5 years for demolition and rebuilding to be completed, but their new skating home will be better than ever. The Rollerdome Program will be paused for a while, but not stopped.
A 46 year-old prostate cancer survivor, Keith Wegen, has decided to inline skate for 555 miles through Texas to spread the word about early detection of prostate cancer. This one-man skating event is also a fundraiser for Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) to support their early detection services, research work, education and awareness services for prostate cancer and other prostate medical issues.
Wegen's journey began November 1st in Austin, Texas and will finish on November 9th in Dallas, Texas at the Katy Trail Ice House. Learn more about his fundraising efforts. And find other organized charity events and fundraising activities for inline skaters to try.
The Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) has a live streaming website that will show events from the 2013 Figure World Championships as they are skating in Taipei-City, Chinese-Taipei. Events run from November 5th through the 15th.
Use the Team USA schedule of events to find the local times for skating, then factor in a time difference
of about 12 hours from the East Coast or 15 hours from the West Coast.
There is always a lot of inline sports news to report, but nothing is more important than taking care of our new skaters. For many potential new skaters, the benefits of roller sports often get lost in concerns about safety and access. So, take a look at some collected answers to many of the things things a newbie needs to know:
- Why Inline Skate?
- How to Begin Inline Skating
- Cheap Starter Skate Options
- Info for Parents and Kids
- Inline Skating Instructors
- Inline Skating Sports
- Where to Learn Inline Skating
- Inline Skating Aids
- Inline Skating History
- Inline Skating Glossary
- Beginner Skating FAQ
If new skaters and skate families take a little time to prepare for skating activities and choose a roller sport or skating activity that is a lifestyle or life-stage match, all concerns go away and a skate life begins.
Inline skaters have cruised through the Metrodome for 24 seasons. In fact, the upper and lower concourses of the Metrodome have been known as the Rollerblade® Rollerdome for over 850,000 rollerbladers since the beginnings in 1990.
You are invited to enjoy the final fall 2013 season with thousands of other inline skaters who go there to relax, skate for fitness, train for events or social skate on the half-mile smooth concrete loop.
There is free parking in the lot next to Gate D, and rental skates are available. See the online schedule for public skating dates and times.