Skate Life

Roller Skating is my passion and I’m going to skate until I can’t skate anymore.

Roller Skating On Venice Beach!

I’ve always wanted to skate on Venice Beach and last week I had the opportunity to do so! Even though, I was there scouting venues for a special event with my family, I also wanted to soak up the California sun and roll out on Venice Beach. Since they know I’m passionate about roller skating, they didn’t mind setting aside a couple of hours to enjoy the beach. Plus, if you visit California, it’s not complete until the visit the beach anyway…right?

One of my fellow skaters, Morgan Weske, told me to visit Venice Beach on Sundays, between the hours of 2:00-6:00 PM and visit the Moxi Skate Shop while I’m there. Since we had a standing appointment with an event coordinator at 4:00 P.M, I had to cram in as much skating as I could before 3:00 P.M.

Settling into our parking spot around 1:30 P.M., we were surprised that beach side parking was very affordable, a whopping $9.00!! (yes, I’m being sarcastic).  When I got out the car, I kept thinking to myself “It’s October, and I’m about to go skate on the beach!”

Walking along the boardwalk, there was so much to see. But like a super hero, I spotted the Venice Skate Circle instantly, “there go my people!”

The music was playing and there were a few skaters already there giving a show. I couldn’t wait to lace up and jump right in. One thing I love about our skating community is that everyone is so welcoming no matter where you are from. I think the California sun just makes everyone happy, LOL!

I met some really cool skaters. I met a lovely skater name Cheryl. She had on cool red heart shaped shades and had a personality to match. She welcomed me to the set and asked if I been skating on the beach before. She introduced me to other skaters and even skated with me. I learned a new routine felt the positive energy from everyone.

More and more skaters started to show up and I had to leave!! I felt like a little kid who didn’t want to leave the park and begging their parents, “Can we stay a little longer!”, but we had to take care of business.

Even though my time on Venice beach was short, it was memorable. The next time I come, I will make sure I have all the time in the world to roll out! Definitely, one of the best skating experiences I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to do more.

 

Have you been skating on Venice Beach? If so, tell me about it in the comments, I would love to hear your story.

Hey World! Roller skating is my favorite hobby!

Photos by: Lamya Cruz, Makeup: Lorena Somers, Hair: Janetta Hardy

I want to share my love for skating with the world and decided to create this blog to capture my skating adventures and help others explore their own roller-skating journey.  What better way to do that, then to create a blog about it? So, here are a few facts about me.

I have over 14 years of roller skating experience and I’m going to skate until I cant skate anymore. I don’t ever plan to stop.

I’ve skated around the country at various national skate jams, parades, and even taught roller dance lessons. At one point, I wanted to roller skate full time and get paid. (I still want to, but haven’t figured out the magic formula).

  • My real name is Dinah, but my skate name is MUFFY. It’s catchy and easy to remember.
  • I’m a former member of two skate groups: Naptown Real Rollers and Hardwood Vixens
  • I was the co-owner of a roller-skating company called Skate Fitness for a few years
  • I’ve owned 3 pairs of skates: 1st pair were Legends and the 2nd /3rd Riedell OG 172
  • Favorite wheels: Roller Bones, Team Logo Recreational
  • Favorite bearings: Bones Reds Precision Skate Bearings
  • Fun fact: I was born with 6 fingers on my left hand!
  • Pet peeve: When non- skaters say “Ohhh…so you’re a roller skater? Cool…Do you partake in roller derby too?” OR they refer to my roller skates to roller blades..ugh! (grinds my gears)

The style of skating I’ve grown to love is called rhythm skating. This style of skating consists of line dancing, synchronized skate dance routines, jam skating, and various moves that require strength, balance and flexibility.  I get a lot of my inspiration from skaters in Chicago and St. Louis because of their complex footwork and smooth transitions throughout their routines.

If you are still confused on what Rhythm skating is…check out my last roller-skating video at Skateland to get a better understanding.

Over the next year, I plan to improve my skills and take my skating to the next level.  I will provide tips and tricks to help you conquer skate moves and help as much as I can.  If this is your first time coming to my blog, WELCOME!  Lets roll through this journey together!