July 22, 1991 |
Whoosh! There they go by the score, swooshing along on those newfangled ice skates on wheels--arms swinging, legs pumping. Lycra glinting in the sun. Shades just so. Whoa! Over there, a cop stops one and points to a sign: "No skaters." A ticket? For skating? No way--but it's true! Wham! The skater with the Walkman just hit a crack in the pavement and crashed. Check it out. The shades are shattered. The Lycra tights? Shredded! And that cockeyed wrist--it looks bad to the bone.
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June 1, 1993 |
Perched stiffly in her black, above-the-ankle boots, Dixie Pearson of Irvine skated gingerly across the beachfront blacktop at the end of 13th Street on Balboa Peninsula. Flanked by another newcomer to in-line skating, Dana Caputo of Aliso Viejo, and instructor Mike Fenne, Pearson rolled nervously through the first lesson of her new sport. "I want to learn how to skate under control, how to stop, and how not to be dangerous" to others, Pearson said.
June 14, 1991 |
You can call it in-line skating. You can call it skating on Rollerblades. You can even call it bladin'. But don't ever call it rollerblading. "Never use the Rollerblade name as a verb," Rollerblade Inc. warns the media in a terse publicity handout. "There is really no such thing as 'rollerblading.' " Rollerblade--along with such entities as Xerox and Levis--is trying to prevent its trademark name from becoming a generic term.
March 31, 1992 |
Spring is in the air, and millions of Americans are lacing up their roller-blades. Skaters have been sprouting like the crocuses in Manhattan's Central Park, where hundreds of bladers come on Sunday afternoons to slalom through obstacle courses, dance to boomboxes or otherwise play on the hardtop. That's no small accomplishment for Rollerblade Inc., which gave the sport its name by pioneering the in-line skate in 1984.
November 15, 1998 |
Adrenaline junkies looking for the newest trend might want to give "grinding" a try. Rollerblade Inc. has introduced its first shoe, the RB Grind Shoe, to tap into the new craze for jumping and sliding along curbs, handrails and other urban obstacles, known as grinding. Designed like a street shoe, it's what's inside and on the bottom that sets the RB Grind apart. The sole features a twin bar roller system, two metal bars that float and spin independently of each other.
June 14, 1991 |
While several rental shops in Venice and other beach areas carry in-line skates, there is only one place that rents them in the Valley--Valley Skate & Surf. A tiny, cramped shop on Parthenia Boulevard in Sepulveda, it usually rents all 50 pairs of its Rollerblade skates on the weekends. "We could rent more," co-owner Phyllis Fleschler said. "Fifty is not enough." The charge for an hourly rental is $2.50; all-day rental costs $6, overnight, $7. Included are wrist guards and elbow and knee pads.