Monday Oct. 16, 2006 Skate Bytes Anti-Reversal Skates Create a Buzz Skates that don't roll backwards? ... Bruce Honaker's patent-pending invention doesn't sound like fun, but he claims it takes the fear out of learning and also makes it easy to climb hills. (But how's the beginner going to get down?) • Go to Honaker's web site.
Wednesday Oct. 18, 2006 Skate Travel Skate Adelaide in March Looking for an excuse to visit Australia? How about this: Planet Inline's 7-day Skate Adelaide 2007 tour (March 8-14). Skaters will tour the scenic area, rolling along excellent trails and stopping at various points, including a brewery and chocolate factory. Price: $384-580 (US), airfare not included. • Go to more info.
Industry News Bont 'Raps' Up a Deal Bont Australia is teaming up with Raps Holland to build sales in Europe. Raps, a leading speed skate maker, will distribute Bont skates, shoes and clothing through its wide European sales network. The companies also plan to share technology and manufacturing. • Go to announcement.
Racing News Successful Start for Rattleskate About 70 skaters competed in the inaugural Rattleskate Invitational in Chandler, Ariz., over the weekend. Among them: Joey Mantia (who put on a skate clinic) and a dozen skaters from Sonora, Mexico. The event looks like a go for 2007. • Go to race director's report.
Video Not So Easy When the Cars Are Moving As a crowd cheers, a young skater in India flattens herself to the size of a grease spot and rolls under, reportedly, 40 cars. • Go to YouTube video.
Friday Oct. 20, 2006 Skate Tip of the Week Skating in the Rain Don't let a few raindrops — or even a torrential downpour — keep you from skating. But before you dive in, read ultra-distance champ Kim Perkin's guide to "water-blading." • Go to Skate Tip of the Week.
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