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Revolution Sky 1 - Blading is back

Revolution Sky 1 - Blading is back

If you’ve been loitering anywhere near a TV showing Sky 1 on Sunday evenings then you may have noticed some wheeled shenanigans occurring in the form of Rollerbladers, Skateboarders and BMXers battling their way round a massive indoor obstacle course. That would be the new TV game show: Revolution.

It’s presenters Steve-O (that one from Jackass) and Maya Jama (that one from Stormzy) head up this somewhat abstract game show concept which will not only attract extreme sports enthusiasts but a larger mainstream audience who are more-than-likely holding out for the ‘faceplant’ moments which the show will undoubtedly showboat.

We’re a rollerblading website (you might have seen our pop up skate shop on set as part of the production), so encouragingly for us the show has put inline skaters on an equal plane with its two extreme sports counterparts; BMX and Skateboard. Something the mainstream has been reluctant to do for two decades.

If you're just a normal person who hasn’t been paying particular attention to the underground Rollerblading scene for the past 20 years then you could be forgiven for thinking that the sport went a bit quiet for a while. News is, it’s always been there and the scene has been rife but just out of sight. So if you’ve come searching for some more info about the sport of Rollerblading after watching Revolution on Sky 1 then allow us to give you the run down:

Does the Revolution TV show give a true representation of Inline skating?

Kind of. Generally it seems as though the programme has represented inline skating well. You’d not usually have a ‘course’ like the one they have in the studio though... or do 'high jump' etc. Instead you’d be skating in a skatepark or you might prefer to skate on 'street'. Street skating can be fun because it can take a lot of creativity to invent tricks on a terrain not purpose-built for skating...

What should we call this type of skating? i.e. skating tricks and jumps?

The true name for the type of skating which involves tricks has caused many arguments over the years. The name which seems to have been most adhesive seems to be Aggressive Skating… or Aggressive Inline Skating. You’ll find a lot of aggressive skaters in the UK simply referring to it as Rollerblading or ‘blading’ but feel free to call it trick skating, stunt skating etc.

Who are the skaters in the TV show?

Revolution invited some of the top names in the UK to audition for the production. The biggest names are arguably Scott Quinn aka ‘Quinny’, Alex Burston and Stephen Swain who all have great international kudos. Jenna Downing is a kerr-jillion times Female UK and World champion and appears on the show as a consultant and demo rider. The show also features some exciting amateur UK skaters like Dan Loveless, Alex Coates, Kayla Carmichael and Leon Purdy.

Quinny hanging out at the Loco pop up skate shop.

How are they performing those tricks?

Sometimes you’ll see the skaters grind obstacles (slide along them on the boot rather than roll). The skates have a, kind of, flange / ridge which can hook onto an obstacle like a rail or a ledge and allow you to slide on it. Grinding is a big part of Aggressive Skating and forms many of the tricks you’d usually expect to see away from the TV show. The skates have relatively small wheels too, this allows some easier grind tricks but also means the skates are lower to the ground and more stable. The skates they are using are all built with a lot of ankle support to provide rigidity on impact. Have look at some of the worlds best to see what can be done on the blades…

Richie Eisler - LocoSkates from Loco Skates on Vimeo.

Why is Steve-O dressed in a joke outfit when he is wearing rollerblades but dressed normally when taking part in the other sports?

The gold suit is a reference to an article in an old skateboarding magazine called Big Brother which aimed to ostracise rollerblading. Wikipedia describes Steve-O as an actor, stunt performer, producer, comedian, author, musician, and clown. However, now that the Jackass / X-games / Avril Lavigne era is over, rollerblading makes a return to the extreme sports stage having produced years of dignified content without the gimmicks.

I think that Rollerblading looks awesome, how can I start skating?

Rollerblading is super accessible, you can pick up a decent set of aggressive / trick skates for not much more than £100 and it’s easy to learn. Here at Loco we have the UK's largest selection of skates. If you're interested in getting into the sport then give one of our dudes a call in the shop, we're super juiced for new people coming into the sport so please don't be shy. To start you off here’s a list of some great options for a newcomer interested in getting into blading (click the images for more info):

Razors Genesys Junior, adjustable skates | £109.95:

USD Realm Skates | £114.95:

Roces M12 Skates | £160:

Razor Cream Skates | £163.95:

USD Aeon Skates | From £199.95:

Razor Shift Skates | £265:

What if I don’t want to do tricks, but just roll around instead?:

No problem! …and just as fun. The skates which aren’t made for tricks slightly differ though. They have wheels which are bigger (so they are smoother) and they are even more affordable. Have a look at the best options for recreational inline skates below:

Bladerunner Advantage Pro Skates | £79.95:

Flying Eagle F1 Mantra Skates | £99.95:

K2 Kinetic 80 Skates | £109.95:

Seba FRX Skates | £129.95:

Rollerblade RB80 | £139.95:

Catch Revolution on Sky 1 Weekly on Sundays at 6:30pm or 2:00am.

Text: Jake Eley
Additional Photos: Lewis Bowden