Suggestions for when you just don’t know what to do.
Take a moment to think about the eighties. These years were at the height of a mass cultural movement which surged following the introduction of Disco throughout the seventies. People were thriving through self-expression, cue the bold colours and big hair, but also exploring what life had to offer. Consequently, this included the revival of the skating scene. Personally, I love what the era represents, however, I always thought roller skating looked odd. It differs from that of a bike or a scooter in the sense of casual and automatic detachment; instead, it becomes a part of you.
This leads to trust. Not only of your own ability but also the trust of your choice of skates. Roller skates are deemed the classic disco with two-by-two wheels that are highly aesthetic, great for the ‘gram and easier for those who are challenged by balance. Roller blades, otherwise known as inline skates, are the alternative. Personally, I find these easier to control with their streamline quality, but despite preference, it is what you can do with them that really counts.
Here are some ways to try them out:
Recently, I took to Mission Bay to test my second-hand skates and take advantage of the wide footpath and the view of Rangitoto. What surprised me the most was the sheer amount of people who had exactly the same idea, which meant I wasn’t alone. This is free if you have your own skates, otherwise stop off at Fergs Kayaks to hire them as well as bikes in order to include everyone. Additionally, Mission Bay is a prime spot for E-scooters such as Beam and Flamingo, so feel free to just cruise along on one of those.
Now this is a location I can associate all my early skating days to. It may seem childish while they play pop music to skate limbos, amateur races and other games. But from memory, it is on level with ice skating for an exciting time out that is different from all your usual activities. Based in Mt Wellington, it has a very cheap entry fare of $9 where you can BYO skates, otherwise it is only an additional $3 for skate hire.
Nelson St Cycleway
This is for those who consider themselves more advanced in the skating department. While I have not had the pleasure of doing this myself (yet), it would be awesome to roll through the recognisable pink cycle bridge in town with friends or just with some music. This requires the use of your own skates but will be worth it with the glow of the city lights and the illuminating pink aura to block out the rest of the world.
These suggestions are not to the pain of embarrassing you if you find yourself on the ground after a few attempts, but rather the joy of trying it and enjoying the inevitable process guaranteed to bring you a few laughs.