But then I wrote a blog post about it for Dead Girl Derby. And we're working up a piece on it for Roll Out Magazine. Lastly, there's gotta be some incentive to attend such awesome events. It wouldn't be the same if I just gave you all the goods now, would it?
Here's why you should attend next year, though. Quadzilla clinic.
Then I got to work on Quadzilla-taught skills with this other skater, and he critiqued us. Squee!
We worked on toe-stop starts and stops, so I'm way more comfortable doing them now.
There were clinics for blockers and jammers alike.
I got to watch Vyolent Grimm skate in real life. Holy crap.
These all-stars were so fast, I couldn't get pics.
So much wow. I was in derby awe.
Quadzilla and Streak. If you know men's derby at all, you know these guys. They're amazing.
And I got to dress up all pretty-like for a party with these fabulous people.
My favorite takeaways from the Quadzilla clinic:
- New skills can take a really long time to learn. If it takes you a week or a year, keep working on it.
- EVERYONE needs to know how to do tomahawk stops. This includes newbies who just started skating three months ago.
- Roller derby is full-contact. If you don’t like it, go home.
- If you think you have your skills mastered, go home. There is nothing left for you to do.
My favorite takeaways from the Magnum p.i.m.p. clinic:
- When jamming, be able to change speed and direction.
- Most of us think we're jumping/hopping, but we're really not. Jammers need a lot of lateral movement.
- Traditional hits are a thing of the past. As a blocker, you want to stop the jammer from moving. Drag her out of bounds or control her with booty blocks.