The Rolla Skate Club is set to open its doors at the Rollerland Building at the Pacific National Exhibition this December. It will mark the first time in 40 years that Vancouver has a full-time roller skating facility.
As attendance numbers fall in derby, building and maintaining a team has been feeling harder than ever. But guess what, there is a new derby in town! Shorter track, smaller teams, and NO PENALTY BOX. Check out everything you need to know about short-track roller derby in this amazing podcast!
Roller skating is one of those nostalgia-filled activities that never gets old. So, hearing about a Halloween-themed roller skate event coming to Vancouver is music to our ears! Especially because chances like this are few and far between already. Who do we have to thank? Rolla Skate Club!
L'émergence de vidéo sur les médias sociaux a créé un engouement pour la danse sur patins à roulettes. Les ventes de patins ont « explosé » durant la pandémie, selon la fondatrice du Rolla Skate Club de Vancouver, Carla Smith. Des patineuses nous parlent de cette danse qui semble simple, mais qui est plutôt difficile à maîtriser.
I’m not the only one with this newfound obsession: like baking bread and adopting dogs, roller skating has experienced a COVID-related boost in popularity. In Vancouver, the evidence is everywhere: gliding along the seawall, practicing in parking lots, carving bowls in skate parks. [...] Carla Smith, co-founder of Rolla Skate Club, theorizes that it’s an effective outlet for pandemic pressure. “People need a release, they need something to charge their batteries. They want to get outside and learn new things,” she says.
The hottest fads of 2020 seemed to revolve around throwback trends and simple pleasures: going to the drive-in, taking up a new instrument, picnics in the park, baking, and walks around the neighbourhood to keep you from going insane. But no trend was quite as cool as taking up the ultra-retro, athletically-challenging pursuit of roller skating. Thousands of wobbly beginners took to their driveways and cul-de-sacs to take part in the sport, and we wanted to know why.
Whether you’ve picked up roller skating as a hobby during the pandemic or have loved it for years, now is the perfect time for practicing; the weather is getting warmer and rinks are even starting to open back up. Roller skating is great exercise, an entertaining activity, and so much fun to accessorize!