Roller skating is a performance art. For me,
the joy of skating is about being seen, creating a scene, having
my style and skills appreciated by others. Quadlines fulfill
this desire even better than a traditional rollerskate.
The New Skate Experience
- By Carol Sloan
First of all, the skate itself is eye-catching, beautiful and unique.
The wheels are so big that every maneuver may seem impossible to
the viewer, yet there I am crossing and twirling, backwards and forwards
Quadlines feel good. The skate is solid, easy to balance and the
glide long and incredibly smooth. Traditional roller skates can be slippery
and bumpy but the Quadline wheels simply roll over imperfections on indoor
and outdoor surfaces.
Movement is so easy that very little energy is required
to create a long glide. What is surprising is how responsive the Quadlines
are. From the first moment I skated them I could do splits, all rex moves,
up on my toes, back up on my heels, spin, and even grapevine. That came
as an incredible surprise to me because Quadlines look as though
they might not be able to handle dance moves.
Quadlines are fast because the diameter of the wheels are
greater than a traditional roller skate or even most inline skates. This
also means that less effort is required to skate longer glides. Since
qualdines require a slightly longer axle, the wheels are farther apart therby
creating a more solid base than traditional rollerskates.
I normally choose a boardwalk, a path around the lake or a
wide flat area in a city park to show off my Quadlines. Whether skating
miles along a bike path or on downtown sidewalks in a cross-city
jaunt, wherever I use my Quadlines, people stop to watch and
**Carol Sloan, a roller and inline skater has been
rollerskating and rollerdancing her entire life, beginning in a roller
rink at age five.
A certified skate instructor, Carol has worked in the roller
skate, inline and skateboard industry for over 30 years. She usually teaches
at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and also gives private lessons to
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