Thursday, December 3, 2009

9 Year Old Johanny Velasquez Has a Skate Named After Him

Meet nine year old aggressive pro skater Johanny "JoJo" Velasquez of Southern California.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Where to Find Aggressive Inline Skating Contests

Here are three aggressive inline skating series with events all over the world. Are there any others?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Talk About Roller Derby in the SkateLog Roller Derby Forum

More then 800 discussions so far, including "Tips on Lateral Hard Cuts", "Jamming Advice", "Men's Roller Derby", "Fresh Meat Training" and many other roller derby related topics.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

2009 Roller Figure Skating World Championships: November 10-21

The International Roller Sports Federation and the German Artistic Roller Skating and Inline Association are presenting the 54th World Roller Figure Skating Championship in the city of Freiburg, Germany from November 10 through November 21, 2009. The inline events are November 11-12, the junior events are November 12-14, senior figures are November 16-17, the opening ceremony is November 17, and the remaining senior, show groups, precision roller skating competitions are November 18-21.
  • Discussion About the 2009 Artistic Worlds

  • Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Show Us Your Roller Derby Uniform

    This forum thread has been viewed nearly 30,000 times!

    Speed Skater Needs Helping Mounting Boot on Frame

    From Yonatan: "I can't position the back mounting nut above the frame slot because the front mounting block touches the 2nd wheel..."

    Inline One Eleven in Switzerland - Cancelled!

    From Jessica: "This makes me very sad - I really wanted to try it next year...."

    Wheel Hardness: 99a vs 103a

    From aishabear: "how can a fomac which is 99a be harder than a bone 103a?"

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Crossovers on Skates - Fear or Futility?

    From njbird: "I am at the point where I can't really advance with my skating until I can learn how to do a crossover. I am too advanced for the beginners class and not advanced enough for the advanced class because I can't do the d*mn crossover..."

    How to Dye Skate Wheels

    Is dying skate wheels a different color really "so simple even a caveman could do it"?

    Any Roller Skating Posture Tips?

    From nd3141: "I'm a 35 year old male newbie with newbie questions: I'm curious about (1) weight distribution between the heel and the back of the feet, (2) Stance width changes, and (3) Exercises for shifting weight."

    Does a Roller Rink Need to be More Then a Roller Rink?

    Can a roller skating rink survive on roller skating alone?

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    "Hot Babes Wearing Bont" Facebook Page - What Do You Think?

    From Hot Lips: "This just comes off as exploitative, demeaning, chauvinistic and juvenile. I can see high-school boys printing this junk off and hiding it under their mattresses ..."

    Videos of Skating Trails in Edinburg Scotland

    From Dave Henniker: " I used a smaller-than-thumbsize camcorder for these videos. It's a MiniDV VD80 which I attached to a bamboo cane. This enabled me to video myself (ugly old pensioner) and get views from all angles...."

    How to Warn a Pedestrian You Want to Pass

    From chaos4ever: "How far in advance should you give pedestrians notice before passing them on a trail? I generally give a 2-3 second notice. Is this too short for pedestrians to react? "

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Does a Proper Double Push Use the Groin Muscle?

    From Bill in Houston: "On the part of the double push normally called the underpush, if you just set down your right foot: Do you use your groin muscles to pull the right leg to the left, towards and across the centerline? "

    Speedskaters, What is Your Weakest Link?

    Is it cardiovascular, ankles collapsing, lower legs and calves, knee pain, upper leg muscles, lower back pain, overall breakdown of form, or something else?

    Oil or Alcohol for Cleaning Skate Bearings?

    What chemical or cleaning solution do you use to clean your skate bearings?

    Helmet Friendly Headlamps for Night Skaters

    From sk8scott: "Do any of you night skaters use a light which illuminates a good distance ahead and mounts easily on a bike helmet?"

    Olympic Committee Recommends Golf and Rugby (Not Skating)

    The IOC selected golf and rugby because they believe those sports have "youth appeal, universality, popularity, good governance, respect for athletes and respect for the Olympic values".

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    New Artistic Inline Skate from the UK

    What's so different about this British company's new line of inline figure skates? [Read More]

    Monday, August 17, 2009

    New Outdoor Quad Skating Forum

    By popular request we have added a new subforum focused on outdoor quad skating: Outdoor Quad Skating Discussions

    Saturday, August 15, 2009

    The SkateLog Forum is Back Online


    SkateLog Forum is Almost Ready to Bring Back Up

    The SkateLog Forum is ready to bring back up as soon as I can figure out why it is running impossibly slow. I'm working on it this weekend but if you can help diagnose the problem please send me a message at or post a message on the wall of the new SkateLog Friends on Wheels Facebook page.
    - Kathie

    Friday, August 14, 2009

    Join the SkateLog Forum Facebook Group

    From Kathie:   I'm still working on getting the SkateLog Forum back up and running.  I fixed most of the problems but something is making the forum run very slow, so I am getting help from experts to fix that problem. In the meantime you can get your "talking about skating" fix by signing up for a Facebook account and joining the new SkateLog Friends on Wheels Facebook group.  It's not the same as having a forum with lots of subforums but if you really need a SkateLog fix you can get a small taste by joining that group.  There are already lots of Facebook groups for different skating disciplines so you can join those too while you're at it.
  • Become a friend of Kathie Fry in Facebook 
  • Join the new SkateLog Friends Facebook Group.
  • Working like crazy to get the forum back up...

    SkateLoggers, the SkateLog Forum is much closer to being back up. Hopefully I can do everything that needs to be done on my lunch hour today. I will do my best!
    - Kathie

    Thursday, August 13, 2009

    SkateLog Forum is Temporarily Down

    FORUM STATUS UPDATE: I need to do some maintenance in the forum and adjust some of the settings,before I can bring it back up again.  Keep an eye on this page or on my Facebook page for updates. So sorry everybody!
    - Kathie

    Saturday, August 8, 2009

    Introducing the Palm Beach Inline Challenge

    From Kathie: I'm starting to create a series of introductions to some of the most popular inline speed skating events around the world and I decided to start with one of the first events of the year: the Palm Beach Inline Challenge in South Florida. Are there any other non-ice speed skating events in January anywhere in the world?
  • About the Palm Beach Inline Challenge
  • January Inline Speed Skating Events

  • Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Show Us a Picture of Your Worst Skating Boo Boos

    Warning from Kathie: Some of the pictures in this discussion are scary (no seriously, they are REALLY SCARY) but I encourage people to post them here anyway because they are a grim reminder of why we wear our helmets, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads.

    Leg Weight Training for Skaters

    From streamline: "I use weight lifting to condition my legs for maximum output, endurance, and explosive power. I do two different leg routines... "

    What Do You Love About Artistic Roller Skating?

    From james pollard jr: "I loved the friends I made. My first "clean" double jump. Gold Skate! Nationals! Club night! Watching World class events! "

    Facebook for Dummies (and Kathie)

    From Kathie Fry: "I just joined Facebook and I'm still learning my way around. I have a zillion of questions..."

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Show Us a Picture of Your Feet

    The infamous thread is back...

    Skate Axels Are Getting Harder to Remove

    From SanGabriel: "Every time I do wheel maintenance on my Salomon TR Vitesse 3 skates it gets harder and harder to remove the axles from the micro bearings to get the wheels off the frame."

    Re-Attaching Quad Skate Toes With Glue

    From Dec8rSk8r: "Has anyone ever glued down the toes of their boots? One of the toes on my quad skate boots is starting to come off."

    European Inline Speed Skating Events in 2009

    Which European inline speed skating events are not yet on the 2009 SkateLog Calendar?

    Four Tricks on One Grind

    Soul to mizzou to porn to acid... all in 8 feet!

    2009 Gold Skate Show Roller Skating Competition

    Who's going to Gold Skate 2009 in Fresno, California?

    Derby Girls Talk About the Bont Vapor Skate

    From Sarah Pickard: "I am currently wearing Wicked skates and they are killing my feet as I have a narrow foot and high instep. I am looking at a new derby skate from Bont call the Vaypor. How does it compare to the Derby Carbon?"

    How to Get Started Shuffle Skating

    From Interested: "Can someone please explain how to shuffle skate? I see people doing it, but they are going so fast, it is hard to see what's actually happening with their feet."

    2009 Rollerblade Twister 243 Slalom Skates

    From Butterboy: "With the Twister, Twister II and Twister II Pro being so popular with slalom and freestyle skaters I thought I'd ask if anybody knows about the Twister 243."

    Inline Hockey Federation (CIRILH) Wants a New Logo

    The International Inline Hockey Committee wants to update their logo. Proposed inline hockey logo images are being accepted by CIRILH until January 30, 2009.

    Moving From Recreational Skates to Speed Skates

    A British skater talks about transitioning from Seba FR1 recreational skates to Bont Jet speed skates.