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.