If you read through my recount of my US trip you might’ve picked up that I’d bought myself a pretty new pair of roller-skates. Yup, I’ve been roller-skating. For the first time ever in my life, might I add, so I’m a complete newbie.
I blame Samara from Chicks In Bowls. Following the CIB Instagram and FB pages has exposed me to all sorts of fun skating footage, and by socially hanging around Samara and her fellow roller derby pals, I felt a wonderful sense of female camaraderie. They’re all so welcoming, and seem to have a strong sense of femme power behind them, which I’m all about too!
Then there was this other time Samara shared this Bones Bearings video, and I saw the LA-based skater Michelle Steilen (of Moxi Skates fame), blasting down Venice Beach and Hollywood Boulevard, in cute shorts and knee-high socks, and my fashion-loving heart leapt for joy! Casual, flat-land skating looked like a bit of me!
I think I must of started talking out loud about how much fun it all looked from then, and my husband being the wonderful catalyst (or enabler) that he is, piped in with a “why don’t you?”. It might have taken a few occasions for the suggestion to start forming in my brain, and by the time we’d been to the States, and come back home into a brand new year, I was seriously considering giving it a go. The power of New Year’s Resolutions and all that.
I started drilling my derby gal pals, Samara and Leah, for all the info (because I don’t make decisions without ‘all the info’), and once I started my casual indoor skates at the local rink, I was going back every weekend. I even did an Open Day training with Pirate City Rollers (and again that femme camaraderie was strong), and had a blast while improving on my technique, and learning not to fear falling. Then enter my impromptu trip back to the States for my collab project with Shag, and I grabbed the opportunity for some pretty skate shopping in the home of the prettiest skates of them all, LA. I came away with my pretty purple Moxi’s, and they are beautiful, and I lubbs them.
BIG thank you again to Errin from Square Cat Skates for doing everything in her power to make sure I left the country with the skates that I loved. You’re my hero
To date, I’ve had two runs on my pretty purple skates, one of them being a brave crawl around K’Road when they shut it down to traffic for Open Streets. It was fun! Hella scary, but fun. My supportive husband was supportive both verbally and physically that day! The PCR girls were there again too, and were happy to give tips on how to deal with the terrain. I made sure I was all padded-up before venturing on concrete, and was helped out by the lovely Celia of Derby Depot, for all my safety needs.
I’m having so much fun! Who’d like to join me??