5 reasons you should outdoor skate this summer

The prospect of outdoor skating can be scary, but you should do it anyway. Here’s why:
1. It will make you better at roller derby.
Skating outside is the only reason I have a solid “c cut” (quick cut to the in and out. Often used in drag-out hits or to gain position in a one-on-one scenario). A year ago I couldn’t plow stop with confidence, and when you’re headed down a hill toward a road with busy traffic you have a few options (if you’re not good at stopping):
A. “Cut” down the hill like a skier.
B. Fall
C. Die
I also learned lessons in stability (Hello rocks, sticks, cracks in traffic, sand …) and awareness (And hello to my friends: “dog who hates roller skates,” child, traffic …) and jumping (fuck you, broken pavement, those bumpy sewer tops, dead squirrels …).
Stopping, awareness, stability, agility? Yeah, that’s helpful.

SUMMER!!!!!!

SUMMER!!!!!!

2. It will even you out.
When you outdoor skate — unless you’re that girl who is trying to do derby drills on a fake track she made in the high school’s bumpy parking lot* — you can even out your muscles. Long, straight paths, hilly trails, they challenge your muscles more equally than skating counterclockwise for hours.
3. It can be good for your league.
Wear your league shirt. Bring fliers. Go to a bar or cafe in your skates when you’re done. Be nice. It’s amazing how many people want to chat about the sport when they see you in skates.
4. You’re too pale.
I said it.
5. It’s fun.
Duh. Grab a friend. Go for a skate. Get some sun. Crash, exhausted on someone’s lawn (STAY OFF OF MY LAWN) and remember why you love roller skating.
*Totally not me, guys
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5 Responses to 5 reasons you should outdoor skate this summer

  1. Carmela Cuba says:

    Where the heck are your GEAR and HELMET, Woman?!
    Do you want to be a derby star or an Organ Donor?

  2. Eyes in Back of Head says:

    Agree w/ Carmela. Safety is sexy & ur a example for younger girls who r derby girls to b when they grow up

  3. hsteeves says:

    I like you guys.

  4. Becky Booty says:

    Skinned knees hurt and stick to knee pads ;0) just sayin!

  5. Becky Booty says:

    I’m sure you wear them when your not just sexy posin for fans though!
    It is a great shot!

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