Roller Disco Party Playlist #1

Skate music has it’s own unique groove to give you that “roll, bounce” action. There’s a reason that people have been rolling to these great old school tunes for decades!

For those on Spotify, I’ve put together for you 4 hours of roller disco fun! These songs are the real deal! This is a loose recreation of one of my DJ sets at San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels.

For best results, let it flow. Do not shuffle!

White Chocolate’s Roller Disco Party #1 – #RollWithSoul

Overcoming the Fear of Falling

One of the biggest obstacles that new or returning skaters face is the fear of falling.
Surprisingly, it’s not always the bumps and the bruises that will keep you down, it’s your mindset.

Watch below as I string together some sentences on the topic of falling.

Note: I do mention some fundamental techniques that are not actually shown in the video. For safety, I highly recommend learning those with an in-person instructor.
To find an instructor near you, search this database of SkateIA Instructors

More videos to come on various aspects of skating, so stay tuned!

How to Start a Skate Movement in Your Town

One of the things that frustrates roller skaters the most is the struggle to find a safe place to skate.
Rinks across the country are closing due to skyrocketing costs of land and insurance. Some places don’t even have rinks.
It’s a hardknock life, for us!

During my skating journey, I’ve been lucky to meet and work with one of the most successful community advocates for roller skating here in San Francisco. David Miles Jr. The Godfather of Skate. Over the last 3 decades, he has developed a very vibrant and successful skate community producing over 2000 skate events, many which have been featured in national magazines including Sports Illustrated and on the front page of newspapers throughout the country.

Since arriving in California from Kansas City in 1979, David has developed great working relationships with the local government in the city and county of San Francisco to create a positive image for skaters and help implement laws that benefit skaters.

I thought I would go straight to the source when it comes to finding out how to he created all this from the ground up. So during a break between sessions at the popular “Church of 8 Wheels” I asked him to share some ideas on how anyone can do it in their own community.

Straight from the Godfather to you…

Be sure to let me know if you start something in your community. You can comment below, or join me on Facebook and tell us about it!
Keep Rollin!!

5 Tips for New Skaters

Did Santa bring you some roller skates for Christmas?
Did you recently have a birthday or other celebration and received some roller skates?
Perhaps you’ve treated yourself to the gift of roller skating?

Congratulations!! Now what?

Here’s a few tips to quickly get you started on your new wheels:

1. Invest in some protective gear
A set of knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are found at your local sporting goods store for relatively low cost. A helmet is also recommended.

Seriously, don’t skip this part. It’s too important when you’re just starting out. An injury can not only hurt your body, but your confidence too. Totally preventable. Protective gear is a simple way to minimize the inevitable bumps of bruises of learning along the way.

2. Take a Lesson
Youtube videos and books are great, but nothing beats real-time feedback and motivation. A good instructor will help you learn proper fundamentals and stop any bad habits before they start. You simply can’t get that from a video. An instructor will probably also have good nuggets of info on gear, places to skate, etc.

If you have a local roller rink, check to see if they offer lessons. If you don’t have a rink in your local area, search this directory to find a certified skate instructor in your area.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, I am a certified skate instructor and would be happy to help.
Click for more info on private lessons with me.

3. Make friends with falling
Falling is a part of skating. (believe me, I do it all the time.)
Steps 1 & 2 are essential to this process. There is a correct way to fall. Make sure to learn it.

4. Allow yourself to be a beginner
Even if you’ve skated previously, cut yourself some slack if it doesn’t come as easily as you hoped. I didn’t start out skating the way I do now. It took a bit of practice.

Strive for greatness, but make sure your expectations of yourself are realistic. Take it slow and progress in a way that feels good to you – don’t worry about what others are doing.

5. Have fun!
Remember why you wanted to skate in the first place. Roller skating is super fun!!

Enjoy! Happy Skating!

#RollWithSoul

New Year Skate Motivation

It’s that time of the year again, where we start thinking about starting the new year off with a renewed determination to eat better and exercise more. #NewYearsResolutions

I’m right there with you! For me, this year’s wedding planning and a busy work schedule dropped my skate nights from 3-4 a week to about 1. Dreadful. This is no way to live!

Time to get back on track!

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All exercise is great, but as the picture demonstrates, skaters have the advantage to keep up healthy habits because skating is fun and enjoyable!

Here’s a couple tips to stay motivated!

1. Remember why you skate.
Big smiles? (See above photo.) The great music? How about the sweet, sweet feeling of the wind blowing through your hair? Getting love from your skate crew? All these are great reasons to lace up!!

2. Give yourself a micro-challenge
Practice a new skill, or work on a move that’s been giving you trouble for awhile. Mastering a new skill will open many new doors to new ones! Level up!

3. Take photos and videos to share!
Post photos and videos of your skating so that your friends and family can see what you’re up to and cheer on your progress! Maybe they’ll want to join you! (We can’t let those CrossFitters have all the fun!) Create a visual reminder of your journey (See #1).

4. Post-Skate High
Get those endorphins pumping! A great skate brings out the natural feel-good vibes and keeps the motivation going! You’ll feel your body getting stronger and leaner as well!

5. Take a skating class or private lesson
A great way to work out those nervous kinks. Let a certified skate instructor show you the fundamentals! If you already know how, a private lesson can help you unlearn any bad habits and provide some fine-tuning to unlock your full potential. With both money and time invested, you’ll be more likely to keep at it!

If you live in the San Francisco area, I can help! Learn more here.

Good luck in the new year skaters!

Whatever you do, keep rolling!
#SkateEveryDamnDay #RollWithSoul

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Rink Safety Infographic

Roller skating is super fun, but it also involves some risk.

If we all respect one another and follow the same general guidelines we can make skating a fun and SAFE experience for everyone! This prevents people from getting injured and keeps rink owners from getting sued and going out of business.

I’ve created this handy safety infographic to help educate parents and others who may be new to the rink environment. These guidelines are geared toward the average, all-ages public session. Other adult sessions may have additional guidelines so be sure to pay attention to your surroundings.

Please feel free to share. Sharing is caring!
(Click the image to view/download the full size version.)

Download a 11×17 printable PDF here!

Rink Safety Infographic