Prepare to flair your flow!
It seems that roller skating in general, is experiencing an increasing interest at the moment (March 2019) and practitioners and entrepeneurs in large parts of the world, are enjoying the momentum.
Good things and not so good things come from this, as is always the case when mainstream media, unexperienced entrepeneurs and money oriented people get involved.
And with today's influence of different social media platforms, the visual component is more dominant than ever before.
From Es Quint perspective, we applaud any effort that puts Rhythm Roller Skating into a positive perspective and all efforts that support people to make the healthy and physically active choices in life.
We do however, strongly object to misinformation and unfortunately, there is a lot of that going around in astounding quantities.
In these times, where everything needs to be fast and furious, people are distracted very easily by the look of things.
Roller skating is more about how it feels and eventually that will have a more profound effect on how it looks, if that has any importance at all.
~ What looks good to you, may not be good for you, so check it out. ~
With an increasing frequency, Es Quint is contacted by all sorts of people from all over the world, asking questions about our skate setup, techniques, certain material, wheels and so on. In all fairness, we don't always have a correct answer, simply because of the fact, we don't know these people personally and their circumstances. What works for us, does not by all means automatically work for someone else. Personal tweaks are neccesary to come to a good and workable choice.
So, to cut to the chase:
* Stuff sold in a store or on the internet doesn't necessarily come with the right information.
* A roller skate venue selling gear is not an authority on what it sells or promotes and seldom follows up on their clientele for feedback.
* Someone with a certain setup doesn't make that person an expert on what's good for another person.
* Learning someone else techniques is a huge responsibility. Without at least basic knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, it is highly irresponsible to dictate someone what to do. People can get seriously injured.
Do your research. Don't just go to brand dealers/promoters.
Talk or get in touch with several people who have a significant history in experience and knowledge.
What style of skating are you attracted to?
Why should you mount a shorter plate than is recommended by the brand manufacturer, if at all? What is the difference between all those available plates?
What's the difference between a boot with a heel and without a heel, and why does it matter?
How do you prevent kneeproblems, with the right setup? Is that even possible in your case?
What wheels to use for what circumstances?
On what kind of surfaces do you mostly skate?
What are you learning goals?
When you're setting yourself up for a challenge on roller skates for a long time ahead, prepare yourself to avoid injury and to enjoy your journey to the fullest!