Today I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie at our Toronto shop. Laurie was celebrating her 45th birthday by treating herself to some new inlines skates. Throughout her twenty years of skating, her favourite pair of skates had always been her Rollerblade Aeroblade's, which were her second pair of skates. Since those skates, she got away from the plastic boot with smaller wheels and into a softer boot with bigger 90mm wheels. She never quite got comfortable on her newer skates and admits to leaving them in the closet for extended periods of time because they were't fun to skate on. She missed the experience she had before and wanted to get a skate that would feel similar to her Aeroblades, if not better.
When the sun is shinning and the boys are up early you know a skate session is brewing.
With coffee's in hand and anti rockers rumbling we set out to get some clips on a spot not too far from Danny and Taylor's house. The nice thing about this particular spot was that some local skateboarders must have anticipated a crew of rollerbladers would want to hit the spot because the crack before the approach to the jersey barrier was filled in. This allowed for easier access to the ledge and of course more advanced inline maneuvers.
Judith reached out to us about a week ago, she was looking for a specific experience on inline skates. Judith has been figure skating all her life and she wanted to get the same feel, control, and almost edge quality, as her figure skates. She had already done a bit of research and knew she needed a rockered wheel setup, her concerns seemed more with getting the proper boot in the right size. With some women having pretty small feet, it can be difficult to find a skate that fits right. Luckily for Judith, and all the other women out there with smaller feet, we can accommodate those sizes too.
What happens when a love of rollerblading is so strong it leads someone use it as a means to raise funding and awareness for a cause they deeply care about? In our case it means scheduling a meeting with James Carson from Roll Across Ontario 2014 in order to set him up with a pair of inline skates that will accompany him on his 2215km skate across Ontario in support of the mission of The Canadian Cancer Society...
Its hard to believe that rollerblading is alive and well when brushing the snow off your car becomes an integral part of your daily routine. For those looking for some sort of early relief next winter I highly suggesting attending the Pandhandle Pow Wow for a weekend of around the clock skating, camping, live music and most importantly friends.
Check out One Magazine's Interview with Shaun Unwin to see what he has to say about rollerblading and the importance of a store front in Calgary Alberta. Shaun's also has the best mustache in the West. Keep up the good work!
Photos and Interview by Chris Wedman
What a mess!
Cobble stone is a terrible surface to skate on, in many cases it acts as a barrier that only the bravest inline skaters attempt to travel across. Unfortunately for this rollerblading duo, or more so this rollerblading boyfriend, no surface was too rough to put an end to this hilarious and cute New York City skate date.