Roller skates were invented in the 18th century in Europe. Since then, skates have become popular across the globe as a recreational activity, various sports, and a form of transportation.
If you don't know how to skate, you should contact a tutor, teacher, or someone that can teach you how to do it. To master skating you will first need to find the perfect skates. Once you have the skates you need to purchase protecting gear (knee and elbow pads). Finally, you should look for a place where you can go practice and become the best roller skater.
There is more than one simple skating style. To get a grasp of every style, maneuver, and movement you'll need years of practice and patience.
However, here are the three things you need to do to start skating from scratch:
- How to start rolling from a complete standstill
- To skate a short distance
- How to stop
To learn to do this you may go out to a quiet street and start practicing. If you live in New York (or another busy city) and streets are not an option, just make sure you go practice in an open space.
It's also better if you practice during the day, and if you don't have much of an option because you're busy during the day and you have to practice at night, it's better if you do it with a group of friends.
Many believe that to learn something new you need to start at an early age, but this is not necessarily true. If you focus and work hard, you can learn a new skill at any age.
If you wish to learn, below you'll find various resources to help you during your quest to learn how to roller skate.
Discover the best places to skate in the USA
Finding the best places to roller skate in the US can be tricky since the country is so big. The United States has beautiful cities and parks for skaters to enjoy.
An outdoor space can be the best spot for a skater or for a family to skate. The scenery that a public or private space offers is perfect for a fun outing and many park's infrastructures make them a safe space for both amateur and experienced skaters. And, if you live in a polluted area, going to the park means finally breathing some fresh air.
On the other hand, skating around a city can also be an amazing experience because you get to transport yourself around historic places much faster and cheaper. Besides, rolling around a city and across cars and pedestrians is very exciting and as long as it's done responsibly, it makes for a great adventure.
There are other options like a skatepark, a skating rink, or even on your home street. We guarantee that you will find the perfect spot to roll around, whether you like spending your hours skating at an outdoor or indoor location; or if you like to listen to music and dance around on your skates.
Roller rinks used to be famous during the 80s, people would enjoy going out at night and dancing around on wheels. Photo by Mike Matheny on Unsplash
Below you'll find a list of the best cities and parks to skate at:
- New York - Central Park
- San Diego - Mission Bay
- Chicago - Lincoln Park
- Washington D.C. - National Mall and Memorial Parks
To learn more about these parks and cities, continue reading about the best places to skate in the country.
Never roller skated before?
If you're interested in learning how to roller skate but you feel like you need a little more instruction before you carry on, we've got some answers and details for you.
Finding the perfect pair of skates
The first thing you should learn about skating is that there are many different types of skates and you'll have to get a pair depending on the activity you'd like to do.
Some skates are built for sports like dance, speed skating, roller derby, and more. If you're just starting out, you should always purchase the easiest skates to use.
The roller skates or, also known as quad skates, are designed with a wide base plate that will provide you with good stability, they have two wheels on the front and two on the back, some also have one spare wheel in the middle front.
Aside from quad skates, there's also inline skates, which are the design that has three wheels in one straight line. These skates are easier to maneuver, which makes them perfect for sports like hockey or for outdoor skating
Here are some things to pay attention to when buying a new pair of skates:
- The boot: a hard boot is designed for outdoor activities, a soft boot is built for people who want to dance or do tricks.
- Wheels: harder wheels provide a longer lifespan, but less grip and shock absorption whereas soft wheels provide better grip and shock absorption but have a shorter lifespan.
- Size: the size is the most important aspect of skates because they can hurt you if you're wearing the wrong size. Choose about 1 size bigger than the regular shoe size — unless stated otherwise in the size guide.
A pair of skates can cost between $80 and $120, they can be quite expensive but they are also an investment. Buying cheaper skates can be harmful to you in the long run.
Indoors and outdoors skates are different too. If you're going to skate in a rink you'll need indoor skates, but if you want to be outside skating next to the beach, you'll need outdoor skates.
If you are starting out in this sport, find out which roller skates are best for beginners.
A new date idea!
If you and your partner are searching for new activities to do together you should consider roller skating. Relationships are hard work, and part of that hard work is keeping the spark alive but people are challenged by this because sometimes staying home and doing the same things over and over again is easier.
But, you can break that pattern by doing something new and fun. You can go to a rolling rink close to your houses or find cooler and farther away rinks and make it a day trip. Make sure you check the opening hours before going to a rink because it can suck to arrive somewhere and it not being open.
If you have parks close to home you could also go there and try skating there. You could go visit the city center with rental skates and enjoy the history while you're entertained with your skates.
You could take roller skating dance lessons and work with each other to learn something new. There's nothing more fun than combining roller skates, music, and dance.
Keeping each other's company while learning a new skill will help you strengthen your relationship because you'll have to work on your communication, patience, and problem-solving skills.
Keep in mind that dates are an important part of relationships because doing things together helps you grow strong and keeps you united as a couple. So don't forget there are plenty of cute options for dates with roller skates.
If skating for leisure is not your style you can always pick up a new sport and work out together. You could get together with a group of other couples and create a party or community of people who want to learn a skating sport like speed skating, roller derby, or hockey.
Have you tried roller skating in a couple? Learn more about it right here.
Roller skating events in the USA
The World Skate Organization —entity in charge of organizing all events for roller sports— oversees 10 sports.
Those are artistic roller skating, roller speed skating, drafting, jam skating, roller derby, rink hockey, road skating, roller skiing, dry ski slope, and grass skiing. All of these sports have their respective set of rules, styles, and world championships or competitions.
There are three major championships for each activity organized and hosted by World Skate. The first is the World Championship, the second is the Pan American Championship, and finally the Jr. Pan American Games.
Fanatics and sports followers usually get their tickets to view any event months in advance. You can go online and purchase the tickets you want, a great site for that is Eventbrite.
These sort of events are great for community building because it brings people together to cheer for something they like. Families like to spend time cheering for a skater or a sport, friends gather to watch a speed race, and the public goes crazy for the adrenaline and excitement of these events.
Skateboarding is the first roller sport to be introduced as an official sport of the Olympics and there was a skateboarding event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, all the activities listed above have championships and worldwide competitions of their own.
Learn about roller skating events in the USA.
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