Photo by Richard Lee Owens
Roberta Coci spoke to some keen Barcelona-based bladers about their love for the sociable sport.
Ariane Hildebrandt (Germany): I started inline skating a few years ago when I was shooting a documentary in LA. A Swiss cameraman gave me an instant ‘crash course’ in learning how to brake, and I haven’t stopped since. Whenever I travel, my skates come with me—it’s the best way to explore a new city.
Miquel Juncosa (Barcelona): Skating is a great way to spend the afternoon laughing with friends. I don’t really do it as a sport, for me it’s more a social event, kind of like going to the movies or out for dinner.
Eleanett Perez (Cuba): I love the feeling of freedom you get while skating. When I can I join the group skates on Fridays—it’s a great way to socialise while exploring Barcelona.
Eva del Hoyo (Madrid): I’ve been skating since I was a kid, when I was given a pair of those skates you can attach to your shoes. I love the feeling of speeding down a street listening to music, or going skating with a group of friends.
Carl Ringquist (Sweden/Uganda): I started skating when I lived in Paris, as it was a great way to get to know the city and train at the same time. Here in Barcelona nothing beats skating along Barceloneta all the way to the Fòrum.
Luciana Abranches Sucupira (Brazil): I love the feeling of wind in my face, and being able to act like I’m a kid again. For me, skating’s a way of putting aside the seriousness we’re told we have to live by.
For classes, contact APB: www.patinarbcn.org or email@example.com
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