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.