Inline skating was a thang starting about quarter century ago. It would be like let’s go to the park and rent RollerBlades kind of a thing:
I wonder what will be the next transportation fad involving tiny wheels and large hazards…
This was the scene during yesterday’s “Healthy”* Sunday in Golden Gate Park.
So get over to JFK Jr near 6th Avenue on Sundays and Skate, Bounce, Rock, Roll (feel free to mix up these imperatives as you please) forever:
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*Is this Orwellian or Hitlerian language? I get those two mixed up sometimes…
This fellow on inline skates acquitted himself favorably while getting to work the other day.
Now, is it legal to commute to work by skating these days on the Streets of San Francisco?
Don’t know. Or maybe it’s illegal but it’s one of those Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell things.
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Certainly this would be faster than MUNI, that’s for sure…
I’ll tell you, I never before noticed this painted oval at our relatively new “Skating Place” in Golden Gate Park near 6th And Fulton.
It’s the Green Line of Golden Gate Park ’cause it divides the skaters from the skateboarders, apparently.
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Here’s a veteran skater laying down the law to a couple of Sk8tr Boies with skateboards. Boarders should stay inside the line and skaters (both inline and regular) should stay out.
Or something like that.
OTOH, if Heather Graham ever comes back to town, she can skate wherever she wants, right?
Can’t we all get along?
This fellow is going to work on his inline skates down hilly, hilly Haight Street. He’s keeping up with the bikes and leaving everybody else – drivers, MUNI, peds – in the dust.
Horrible, clogged, failed Octavia Boulevard, Bane of Travelers All, is vanquished, if just for a moment.
He’s going for speed:
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You know all about rollersoccer, right? It’s not listed in the English language Wikipedia but the French one says it’s “un sport hybride qui consiste à jouer au football sur des rollers.” And it was created by a local – see?
“Ce sport est né dans les années 1990 à San Francisco aux États-Unis, crée par Zack Phillips.”
This Sunday, June 7 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Capp and 24th Street, you’ll be able to see a demonstration of this new sport. It’s all a part of Sunday Streets in the Mission District.
Here’s Zacharias “ZackDaddy” Phillips dribbling his way down the Embarcadero at the Northern Waterfront Sunday Streets in April, with lovable sidekick R2D2 beeping away:
Check the close-up featuring unique hemispheric tattoos:
See you there this Sunday!
You’d think some group would come along to put an end to this footloose tomfoolery, but be patient – somebody will find a reason to put a stop to this, soon enough.
Furry, bright red mukluks (as modeled by David Miles, Jr., the “Godfather of Skating”) strictly optional, as are skates, apparently. Let your freak flag fly, people. Click to expand:
In the meantime, cue the music and get on out there to the Skatin’ Place, which is not far from the Sundays-only, free, beginners-welcome Lindy in the Park swing dance thing.
Bring your flashlight if you want to stay late.
See you there!
Competitors tended to bunch up into clumps on the straights and then stretch out into a line in the high-speed turns. Click to enlarge:
A sprint to the finish line. Wouter Hebbrecht managed to hold off this group and attain second place.
Nastassia Hamor, in blue, gets a chance to rest while slowing down for a hairpin turn. She came in fourth place:
See you next year!