Many of you have expressed interest in learning how to "street skate". And as skate organizers, we are eager to see more participants at our frequent street-skating events. We have decided to host this skate session in a safe and controlled environment with experienced skate instructors to provide coaching and assistance.
We will only skate a short distance, since this is all about learning techniques rather than covering miles. Previously we have offered this session in Delray Beach and Hollywood Beach, we have chosen this venue because the environment includes a car free zone as well as street surfaces closer to the day to day skating you will encounter. We will include various kinds street surfaces including some inclines without distracting traffic. What you learn on Saturday morning will make the time spent more than worthwhile!
Street skating 101 requires that you be comfortable learning the following skills: Be aware of, understand and transmit the skate leader's signals. Negotiate curbs; Skate on rough surfaces; Control your speed on inclines; Negotiate turns at speed; Interact with light vehicle traffic; Remain stable when skating over cracks or holes in the pavement; Know how to handle "major" obstacles when you cannot avoid them (manhole covers, gravel, smooth to rough payment, brick pavers.......) Once you master these skills, you will be able to participate in our various street-skating events including the First Friday Skate in South Beach.
This event is intended for our "strong beginner" and intermediate skaters. We assemble starting 10:30 am, wheels roll at 10:45 am PROMPTLY. We strongly recommend that you wear safety gear (bike helmet and wrist guards at a minimum).
If you are not sure whether this skate is for you, please contact Gene Cook (sk8nbike @gmail.com) or [masked]). Our expert skaters are encouraged to join us and help coach the less experienced members! NSP members also welcome as it will be a good venue for a skills review. After the skate we will head for brunch for those who want to hang out.