you've bought or rented the skates and then it hits you: the sudden realisation
that the class system is alive and kicking in middle-class England's parks.
Except this time there are eight 'classes'
'Perhaps good enough' links are suggestions for joining the various group
skates that happen. They are only a guide and do not offer any guarantee
of your ability or safety on the group skate.
1) Novice. Stopping
methods include pedestrians, skin loss and gravity
Some or no skate or ice skating knowledge. Skating
lessons are STRONGLY recommended.
Level 1 or 2 in our group lessons
Basic-Heel braking and corner taking. Some swizzling. But your
facial expression still says "I'm gonna fall, I know it!"
1 or 2 in our group lessons
3) Can skate for 1 hour+ without
denting too many lampposts. You could keep up with a slow car (if you
could just avoid those tall concrete things...)
Good heel-braking, some forward crossovers and spin
stops. Basic slalom.
good enough for ROLLER
3 or 4 in our group lessons
4) Beginning to T stop. Some jumps, backward skating and toe/heel
Your Heel brake works effectively down hills/at speed.
Basic cheekiness and arrogance.
Perhaps good enough for the FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE
3 or 4in our group lessons
5) Backward crossovers, various
Slalom, 180's, some stairs
You laugh regularly at Novices
6) 360's, side-surfs, snowplough,
Friends start treating you differently.
7) Grapevine, advanced
Tourists point camcorders.
You're scaring me!
9) Your own unique tricks
You were born, probably via caesarean, wearing skates.
And we will hate you if you come on the FRIDAY
LEVEL 2 WON'T DO? SEEKING 7TH HEAVEN?
If this is you consider skating lessons, covering all abilities, on weekday
evenings in the City
of London or weekends in Victoria
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