Around noon on Friday, November 24th, 2006, Dale, Moody, and I met up to do a little Black Friday shopping of our own. Instead of hitting the malls, we went to Lowe’s and bought wood, screws, coping, and teflon spray. We headed back to my house after picking up Harry, a local skater and extra set of hands. We set to work building a small kicker and eight foot rail box. Three hours later, we were putting a synthetic ice surface on the finished product.
In the mean time, Moody mounted ice hockey frames on several pair of aggressive inline skate boots.
We finished just in time to hoof it up to the Pelham Civic Complex in Pelham, Alabama. After paying rental fees, we set up the ramps. Over the next few hours, we learned the ropes of a sport few have actually tried. I had been on ice skates a total of two times, making my third time the first time I had used sharpened blades. Luckily, my inline skating background transferred pretty well. Except for Dale, who has been skating almost as long as he’s been walking, the Ice Ramps team shared my sentiments.
Within the two hours, we attracted quite a crowd. The hand full of people we brought along to skate had doubled as onlookers joined the party. Everyone seemed to have fun and most of us fell nicely into the burgeoning sport.
Tags: aggressive ice skating