Barcelona’s roller skating scene is alive and kicking
Barcelona’s roller skating scene is alive and kicking and it has the yearly festival Skate Love Barcelona to prove it. Held annually in September, Skate Love Barcelona will be showcasing the passion, music and energy of Barcelona’s fun loving, multicultural and thriving roller skating community.
This year Skate Love Barcelona is going to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest roller skate dance routine: the roller skates ‘candy dance’ on Badalona’s beach promenade. Skate Love Barcelona will also offer day and night-time roller skating sessions, workshops, kids’ activities and more. Saturday night will be the cherry on the cake. You can skate the night away at the Skate Love Disco, with DJs, surprises, performances, great prizes and the best skate beats. Get ready for some rolling craziness! Skate Love Disco takes place on September, 19 2015 at 21:00 hours or 9 PM at Up&Down, c/ Dr. Marañón 17, Barcelona.
When in Barcelona why not join one of Barcelona’s skating communities
The Roller Dancers
Barcelona Roller Dance, founded by Michelle Barrios in 2011, is a organization created in Barcelona to promote skate dancing as a sport (locally and internationally), and, as a a way of personal expression, where skating, dancing, design and music combine. The group meets every Sunday afternoon, either near the Hotel W beach area or along the Badalona beach front (in front of the Pont del Petroli). Whoever comes, they never fail to attract a crowd with their impressive moves. Skate Love Barcelona has a facebook page. BCN Roller Dance and is also the organiser of the Skate Love Barcelona festival, for more info, program etc…
The Roller Derby Players
Founded in 2010 by a group of adventurous women Barcelona Roller Derby is the first roller derby league in Catalunya. Roller derby is a contact sport where two teams of five members roller skate in the same direction around a track. The best way to learn about roller derby is to watch roller derby. Come to a game or two, and you’ll get the hang of it or ask a fan to explain you the rules and often aggressive tactics. The Barcelona Roller Derby team trains three times a week, doesn’t get paid or hires a trainer, they each and train each other. If you became so enthusiastic that you also want to start playing for Barcelona Roller Derby, you have to show your skills and pass a minimum skill set test. More info BCN Roller Derby
The Street Rollers
If you are in Barcelona on Friday night you might see them taking over the streets. Every Friday night APB, a non-profit organisation, hosts free guided tours through the city’s paved labyrinths. The roller tours are organised by a staff of APB skaters, volunteers known as ‘Stoppers’ (wearing yellow or orange vests), who are authorized by the mayor’s office to interrupt traffic and oversee the skaters’ security. To keep the group compact all skaters need a good condition and basic skills to keep up with the rest. Skaters must be able to maintain a minimum speed and control spin, as well as brake correctly, climb and descend curbs, turn, and independently avoid obstacles. For those not yet ready to participate in the Friday tour ABP also offers a free beginners class on Tuesday evenings at 9.30 PM in the “Passeig Garcia Faria” . More info ABP roller skaters
And, not to forget, the International Roller Skating Federation (FIRS) has announced that Barcelona will host the first combined FIRS world championships, the Roller Games in 2017. The World Roller Games will be a very spectacular event gathering for the first time in one city the world championships of ten roller disciplines:
1. artistic, roller figure skating, including singles, pairs, dance, figure, and precision, 2. speed, 3. rink hockey, 4. inline hockey, 5. roller freestyle, 6. skateboarding, 7. inline freestyle, 8. inline downhill, 9. inline alpine, 10.roller derby.