Ali's Adventures

April 17, 2012

Roller skating is here to stay (or it never left)

Filed under: Adventure — by Alison @ 8:37 pm

Last night I went to an honest-to-goodness roller rink. It was incredible.The set-up was straight out of the 70’s. Half the building was a brightly lit bowling alley, but then I went through the doors into the coolest place. It was very dimly lit, with a disco ball and laser lights over the rink. The other part of the room, had the skate rental area (which was well-lit), and some diner booths with candles on the tables. Between the rink and the carpeted parts of the room, there were some guard rails and red carpeted benches. As well as the gaps to get onto the rink.

The rink (I hope that’s the correct term) was a large rectangular wooden surface, similar to a basketball gym. Skating was uni-directional, except for the 5 minute reverse skating. Going left was a bit more challenging. The centre of the rink had two ovals painted on it, this was the track for the newer skaters. The far end of the rink had ‘face-off’ circles painted on them. I’m not sure what purpose they had. In the front right corner, was a DJ booth. The music was a lot more entertaining than at any public ice skating I’ve ever been to.

The real treat was the other skaters. There were inline skaters and quad skaters, and a huge mix of abilities and ages. It was an adult only skate, so only 18+ were allowed. Some of the other skaters were incredible. There was a guy on quad skates that was practicing some sort of artistic dance, he may have even done a salchow. He definitely jumped, I’m just not sure what it was called. There was another gentleman in his mid to late-60s who skated backwards the majority of the time. There were women practicing for derby, newbies in full equipment and others skating super fast. There was a women in pleather pants and she was rocking the quad skates and another in a skirt doing tricks on inline skates.

I didn’t feel out-of-place. When I was having trouble stopping someone showed me the plow stop. I watched another skater practicing backwards skating, and she encouraged me to try as well. My only difficulty was getting from the inner oval off the rink. I waited until the DJ announced the special skating before I tried.

They did three special skates – ladies speed, mens speed and backwards skating. I sat out the speed part, but did skate backwards. During the mens speed, there was a guy on quad skates who skated sideways. I’m not even sure I can get my feet and knees to turn that way, let alone outskate the rest of the crowd. It was the weirdest skating motion I’ve ever seen. I can’t even explain how he was moving. Maybe one day I’ll be able to do it.

And the highlight of the evening for me, was that I stayed on my skates the entire time.

I went to Lynnwood Skate and Bowl for the adult skate. The place has been around since 1956 with the roller rink added in 1958. It was revamped by new owners in 2006, but is still a really retro place. There are three other roller rinks in the Seattle area, plus the derby practice rink. I think I’ll also try Skate King and the Southgate Roller Rink.


  1. Sounds amazing!! I really do need to come visit! 😉

    Comment by Lara — April 18, 2012 @ 8:07 am |Reply

  2. That sounds awesome!

    Comment by Brie — April 18, 2012 @ 9:44 pm |Reply

  3. Oh my gosh, that sounds like FUN! Wish I could join you!

    Comment by Krista - The Tech Mom — April 19, 2012 @ 9:24 am |Reply

  4. I miss roller skating rinks SO MUCH. You and Lara need to open that coffee shop. Get on it.

    Comment by Karen Wilson — April 22, 2012 @ 12:25 am |Reply

  5. […] I got to go roller skating. First by myself at the roller rink and then at the PFM Foundational Skills […]

    Pingback by Hilights of the week – April 22nd « Ali's Adventures — April 23, 2012 @ 4:55 pm |Reply

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