Columbus’ Roller Skating Scene

Columbus’ Roller Skating Scene


MUSIC>>>WE AT SKATE ZONE 71. IT’S A SUNDAY NIGHT. YO, THIS-THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE EPITOME OF COLUMBUS SKATING RIGHT HERE. MUSIC I MEAN, IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN BEFORE, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE. MUSIC>>YOU KNOW, PEOPLE FROM ALL DIFFERENT CULTURES COME OUT AND SKATE. DIFFERENT SKILL LEVELS. THE LATER YOU GET INTO THE SESSION, THE MORE YOU’LL SEE.>>I JUST HAPPENED TO COME WITH A FRIEND ONE NIGHT. I WAS INVITED, SO I CAME AND I WAS LIKE WOW, THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I NORMALLY SEE AND I WAS JUST SO EXCITED. AND I’VE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE. MUSIC>>YOU KNOW, IF YOU’RE NOT IN THIS ATMOSPHERE, IT’S REALLY KIND OF BORING TO SOME PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NOT JUST A MOVIE, IT’S NOT JUST SOMETHING THEY DID IN THE ’70s, IT’S VERY WELL STILL ALIVE. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE STILL COME SKATE. WE STILL TRAVEL TO SKATE AND WE HAVE FUN.>>GROWING UP, LIKE WHEN I WAS A KID, IT WAS FUN AND IT WAS A WAY TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. BUT, REALLY DREW ME TO IT IS THE THING I CAN RELIEVE SO MUCH STRESS. SO MANY WORRIES OF THE WORLD IS GONE ONCE YOU HIT THAT FLOOR. I DON’T TAKE MY PHONE ON ME, DON’T TAKE MY WALLET ON ME, NOTHING. BUT THREE TO FOUR HOURS I AM FREE WITH NO WORRIES TO THE WORLD. IT’S JUST ME, MY ACE, AND A WOOD FLOOR.>>I’VE BEEN SKATING FOR 58 YEARS. I SKATE AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK. SOMETIMES THREE TIMES A WEEK.>>I SKATE PRETTY MUCH EVERY SUNDAY, EVERY THURSDAY, EVERY TUESDAY. PRETTY MUCH MY LIFE HAS BEEN SKATING EVER SINCE I WAS 9 YEARS OLD.>>I STARTED WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD. MY FATHER WAS AS SKATER. I’VE BEEN DOING IT EVER SINCE. MY FIRST JOB I EVER HAD, FIRST PAYCHECK I EVER HAD, I BOUGHT A PAIR OF ROLLER SKATES. MUSIC>>MY DAD TAUGHT ME HOW TO SKATE. BUT, I COME FROM A LONG LINE OF SKATERS. MY GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER WERE FLOOR GUARDS FOR THE LOCAL SKATING RINK BACK IN THE ’30s AND ’40s. SO, MY DAD PASSED ON THE SKILL OF SKATING TO ME, MY BROTHER, AND MY SISTER. MY WHOLE FAMILY, THEY ALL SKATE; MY AUNT, MY COUSIN. SO, IT’S A GENERATIONAL THING. IT’S IN MY BLOOD. MUSIC MUSIC>>I’M OLD SCHOOL. I LIKE VENTED TYPE GEAR. SO, MY BOOT IS FROM 1973. I HAVE A PLACE THAT I CUSTOMLY ORDERED ONLINE. MY WHEELS ARE VINTAGE WHEELS. I HAVE ABOUT SEVEN SETS OF WHEELS. MOST OF THEM ARE FROM THE ’70s AND ’80s. MUSIC MUSIC>>SO, THE WEIRD THING ABOUT SKATES IS THIS IS MY FIRST PAIR, THIS IS MY SECOND PAIR. AND I MERGED THEM TOGETHER AND BASICALLY FRANKENSTEINED THEM. MUSIC THESE ARE DAISIES WITH BOMAX WHEELS. THEY’RE REAL SLIPPERY. THEY’RE LIKE CALI STYLE. CALI STYLE, THEY SKATE IN A LOT OF SAFETIES. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ON WATER. YOU’RE LIKE REALLY LIKE SLIDING ACROSS THE FLOOR ALL NIGHT. MUSIC>>I STARTED SKATING WHEN I WAS PROBABLY ABOUT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BUT NEVER TOOK IT AS SERIOUS AS I DID NOW. I GOT THREE CHILDREN NOW, SO I’M A FULL-TIME DAD. SO, I USED TO SKATE ABOUT FOR ABOUT FOUR TIMES A WEEK. NOW IT’S PROBABLY ABOUT ONCE A MONTH. SO, YOU CAUGHT ME ON MY ONE GOOD TIME FOR THE MONTH. SO, A L0T OF PEOPLE, THEY STILL DON’T KNOW THAT THIS HAPPENS. THAT WE DO THIS AT NIGHT. MUSIC>>IT’S JUST A STRESS-RELIEVER. YOU JUST GET ON THE FLOOR AND YOUR SOUL GOES TO A WHOLE ANOTHER PLACE. THE MUSIC. YOU KNOW, WE ALL JUST COME TOGETHER AND HAVE A GREAT TIME. MUSIC MUSIC SKATEOLOGY IS OUR GROUP. IT’S ABOUT TEN MEMBERS. AND WE HOST AN ANNUAL PARTY CALLED ICEY HOT. ICEY HOT IS ALWAYS LIKE SUPER BOWL WEEKEND. SKATERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THERE’S LIKE 800-1,000 PEOPLE SKATING. MUSIC>>IT’S LIKE ONE BIG FAMILY. IT’S LOVE. IT’S LOVE. THAT’S THE SKATE COMMUNITY. MUSIC WE WANT MORE SKATERS. WE NEED NEW SKATERS. SO, THE MORE SKATERS THAT COME OUT, THE MORE ENERGY, THE BIGGER THE FAMILY.>>THERE’S A LOT OF HISTORY HERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SKATING FOR YEARS, YOUNG AND OLD. IT’S-IT’S STILL ALIVE. SKATING’S STILL ALIVE. MUSIC

Antonio Breitenberg

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17 thoughts on “Columbus’ Roller Skating Scene

  1. goneflying140 says:

    Where is this rink located?

  2. Max Skates says:

    Awesome!

  3. Picki Nikki says:

    i absolutely love this

  4. precious jones says:

    I love skating @17 and always will.

  5. Vdub Draws says:

    I skate quads too, and I also play roller derby and it's my favorite thing to do!

  6. Jeannette Thio says:

    Made my day ..I miss my old skates now

  7. SeraphimNym says:

    "The more skaters – the bigger the family" . What a heartfelt phrase <3

  8. SirMufflez o.O says:

    I miss my family skate days at the ING in Rockford man…. Good effen times!

  9. TwstdGypsy says:

    A new Aussie skater here…feeling the depth of love and freedom and being in my own world, sharing in something and finding a family on wheels. It feels like I found something I never knew I was missing. Beautiful video, thank you.

  10. Mary Riley says:

    Man, that was delightful. It takes me back to the eighties when I skated nine sessions a week. I was 33 and felt on top of the world when I was roller skating. Thanks for making me feel young again.

  11. notmyrealname notmyrealname says:

    i went to that exact skate rink once

  12. Brandi Bones says:

    Somebody steal his wallet!!! Lol!

  13. A. Rashad says:

    Thats a dope rink

  14. Lady Kay says:

    I’m about to dust my skates off and hit the floor Saturday

  15. willie porter says:

    What wheels and bearings are best 4 this type skating

  16. Misscookies4milk says:

    Mannn! I just left Columbus to live in Cleveland😩😭 if I'd a known there was a scene there when I was there I would've atteneded the rink more…oh well.

  17. zaniyah nathan says:

    My mom knees are bad now but when I was nine like 5 years ago she made sure to teach me how to skate

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