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In 2020, as the world sought solace and escape in the midst of unprecedented times, a rhythmic revival was unfolding on wheels. Roller skating, a pastime that once dominated sidewalks and rinks alike, made a triumphant return to the mainstream, capturing hearts and reigniting a global community. From the spellbinding spins of Oumi Janta, whose viral roller dancing video became a beacon of joy and freedom, to the nostalgic echoes of wheels on pavement permeating through social media, the resurgence was impossible to ignore. Google trends painted a vivid picture of this renewed fascination, with searches for roller skates skyrocketing, while TikTok became a virtual rink for skaters around the world to showcase their moves. Even the fashion world couldn’t resist the allure, with brands like Gucci tapping into the trend, further solidifying roller skating’s place in the cultural zeitgeist. Yet, as I delved deeper into this vibrant world on wheels, it became clear that this was no mere trend, but a reawakening of a community, a movement, and a celebration of life on eight wheels.
Roller Skating is a Tribe
Roller skating has undeniably transcended borders, carving out vibrant communities and passion-fueled movements across the globe. Our Breathe Los Angeles team recently discovered the all-female skate collective Grlswirl in Venice, CA. Similar groups are breaking barriers and building confidence on wheels, to the myriad of groups worldwide, skating has become a universal language of freedom and camaraderie.
Grlswirl, in particular, stands as a testament to the power of skating in fostering empowerment and community. What started as a simple text chain among nine women seeking a safe space to skate has blossomed into a full-fledged movement. They’ve not only taught over a thousand individuals the joy of skating but have also left an indelible mark on their community through charity work and the creation of a retro-inspired merchandise line.
All Skates Go To Heaven: A Miami Haven
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Miami, “All Skates Go To Heaven” stands as a sanctuary for skaters, a place where the rhythm of wheels on pavement is the universal language. Lindsey Koggan, the visionary behind this flourishing community, shared with me the humble beginnings and the remarkable journey of growth and connection that has defined this unique haven.
It all started behind the American Airlines Arena, where Lindsey and a small group of friends, armed with a single Bluetooth speaker and a love for skating, gathered to dance and skate their worries away. Little did they know, this simple act of joy would spark a movement. A single flyer, shared in a WhatsApp group, was all it took to transform those initial gatherings of seven friends into a vibrant community of over 1,400 skaters.
Today, “All Skates Go To Heaven” has found a new home in partnership with the Miami Design District, where their events have become a staple of the local culture. The community has also expanded its reach, growing beyond the borders of Miami and touching the lives of skaters in cities far and wide.
Lindsey has cultivated a space where “all wheels, all levels” are not just welcomed, but celebrated. From beginners taking their first tentative strides to seasoned skaters performing intricate dances, the rink is a mosaic of skill, passion, and the sheer joy of movement.
Pink in the Rink: A Celebration of Community and Awareness
This month, the Breathe Miami team and I immersed ourselves in a myriad of experiences across the city, from the serene ambiance of the Water Lantern Festival to the vibrant colors of the Museum of Graffiti. However, it was the “Pink in the Rink” event hosted by “All Skates Go To Heaven” that truly captured our hearts and stood out as a profound experience of community and joy.
As soon as we arrived at the event, the infectious vibe was palpable. Skaters of all ages and skill levels, from seasoned experts executing impressive moves to families introducing young ones to the rink, all shared the space in harmonious motion. The air was filled with the pulsating beats of music, complementing the whirl of wheels on the pavement. Everyone, clad in pink costumes, came together to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, creating a sea of solidarity and support.
The energy was nothing short of incredible, reminiscent of the story of Slomo, Dr. John Kitchin, who left his medical career to follow his passion for skating along San Diego’s Pacific Beach. The documentary by Josh Izenberg capturing Slomo’s journey has always resonated with me, illustrating the profound impact that following one’s passion can have on a person’s life. “Pink in the Rink” was a living testament to this philosophy, offering a window into the ecstatic experience that skating provides, transcending the material world and fostering a deep sense of connectedness and joy.
Community feedback and testimonials from the event underscored the positive impact of “All Skates Go To Heaven.” Skaters expressed how the community has provided them with a safe space to express themselves, build confidence, and find a sense of belonging. Parents shared stories of their children finding a new passion and making lasting friendships. Long-time skaters found a renewed sense of purpose and joy in the inclusive and vibrant atmosphere.
The alignment of Lindsey’s initiative with Breathe’s values of community empowerment and wellness was undeniable. “All Skates Go To Heaven” has created a space where individuals can come together, celebrate life, and experience the transformative power of skating. It is a community that not only encourages physical wellness but also fosters emotional and social well-being, embodying the very essence of what Breathe stands for.
As we left the event, the energy and joy of the rink lingered with us, serving as a powerful reminder of the beauty that can be found in community, passion, and the simple act of putting on a pair of skates and letting the music guide you.
Conclusion: Roller Skating Towards a Brighter Future
“All Skates Go To Heaven” is not just a group; it’s a family, a network of individuals from all walks of life coming together to celebrate life on wheels. Whether you are a seasoned skater or have never set foot on a rink, you are welcome here. To get involved, follow them on social media @AllSkatesGoToHeaven, where you can stay updated on upcoming events, gatherings, and opportunities to connect with this vibrant community.
But the journey doesn’t stop there. Here at Breathe Miami, we are on a mission to uncover the city’s most enriching experiences that activate the body, soothe the mind, and elevate the spirit. Follow us @Breathe.miami to discover new adventures and be a part of a community that values wellness, connection, and the power of shared experiences.
We believe in the strength of community and the impact of sharing stories. If you have a story of wellness, empowerment, or community that has touched your life, we encourage you to share it. Let your journey inspire others and contribute to the tapestry of stories that make our community so unique and powerful.
Join us, share with us, and let’s continue to build a community that moves, nourishes, and uplifts together.
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Reed Berglund is a passionate advocate for wellness and an embodiment of the active lifestyle. As a former college athlete who played basketball for the UNLV Running Rebels, he's lived a life deeply immersed in body movement and sports. Reed's enthusiasm for staying active extends far beyond the basketball court. He's an avid surfer, wakeboarder, skier, basketball and tennis enthusiast, and an emerging padel player. His love for holistic well-being also includes a dedication to cold plunges and contrast therapy, embracing these practices to optimize recovery and vitality. In his role as the founder of Breathe, Reed brings his extensive experience in wellness and his unwavering commitment to helping individuals discover their path to a healthier, more mindful life. His personal journey and multifaceted fitness background inspire his vision for Breathe as a platform that empowers urban dwellers to explore, experience, and embrace well-being in all its forms. Reed's current focus lies in the realm of flexibility, a key component in his fitness journey to extend the longevity of his active lifestyle. Through Breathe, he aims to share his passion, knowledge, and insights with a vibrant community of wellness enthusiasts, experts, and storytellers, collectively working toward a healthier and happier world.
Originally hailing from Nicaragua and relocating to Miami at the age of 12, Maria's journey has been a testament to her adaptability and determination. With a deep-rooted passion for health and wellness, Maria's personal interests align seamlessly with her professional endeavors. She's an avid enthusiast of wakeboarding, padel, bike riding, and frequents Anatomy, one of Miami's premier gyms. Maria's commitment to a healthy lifestyle not only drives her own well-being but also fuels her creative approach to social media. Maria thrives on exploring the vibrant city of Miami, constantly seeking out new experiences to share with the community.