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Miami Herald 2/20/10
By MICHAEL VASQUEZ
If the in-line rollerskate, or rollerblade, is an endangered species, then South Beach might well be called one of its few remaining natural habitats.
As rollerblading has gone from '90s trendy to 2000s castoff -- with only half as many Americans blading today as there were a decade ago -- South Beach has remained an in-line hotspot. Beach residents commute to work by blade, skate to errands on West Avenue, and once a year, that grand behemoth of international roller-gatherings, known as the Great EsSkate, comes gliding into town for a three-day run.
Concluding Sunday, the Great EsSkate -- now in its 10th year -- draws hundreds of roller-enthusiasts from around the globe for events that range from police-escorted city skating to nightclub outings to skater-specific morning yoga sessions.
``We've got a group of 15 coming from Germany,'' said Great EsSkate Director Gene Cook. ``There's an electricity that goes along with having so many skaters. We're the largest social skate in North America.''
It's an electricity that rollerblading, for the most part, has lacked of late. As sales tanked, the past decade was cruel to blading in other ways: In 2005, in-line skating was unceremoniously dropped from ESPN's extreme X-games, and the pseudo-sport has repeatedly failed in its attempts at being included in the Summer Olympic Games (losing out to both rugby and golf).
At Oakland Park-based Peter Glenn Ski and Sports, blading has gone from being a small but important piece of the business to an infinitesimal speck -- now representing only about one percent of overall sales. One Peter Glenn salesman said he now sells the same amount of rollerblades in a week that he used to move in a single day.
Peter Glenn used to help sponsor the annual Great EsSkate but several years ago dropped out because ``it just didn't seem to work out for us as much,'' said company marketing director David Mahoney.
But while skating overall has suffered, Mahoney said South Beach still stands out as a blading destination -- even more so than other skate-friendly locales such as Fort Lauderdale Beach.
``Fort Lauderdale Beach isn't really a living area like South Beach is,'' Mahoney said. In South Beach, he said, ``a lot of people just use it as a way to get around.''
Sady Melendez of Miami Beach has commuted to work by blade -- both in the 1990s and more recently.
``When I was a teenager, I used to give out fliers for clubs down here, so I would rollerblade,'' said Melendez, one of those participating in this year's Great EsSkate.
Now 28 years old and a manager at a South Beach Italian restaurant, Melendez still occasionally straps on her skates as a way to get to the office. She's one of a substantial number of Beach residents who simply don't drive.
Mid-Beach resident Steve Dudley is an airline pilot, so skating to work isn't really practical for him. But Dudley sometimes runs errands on his blades, including whizzing up and down the aisles at Whole Foods, with shopping basket in hand.
``I never fell down, I've been doing it long enough,'' said Dudley, 50, a blader for the past 15 years. Sadly, Whole Foods banned skating this past year, he said, so groceries are now strictly an on-foot experience.
``Publix? I don't think they ever wanted you in there,'' he said.
While South Beach stands out from most American cities in its love of blades, it's not the only blade-happy town. California's Venice Beach is another place where in-line still reigns supreme.
Hop over to Europe or Asia, and the explosion of bladers might make you wonder if the 1990s ever ended.
``In Paris they have the Friday night roller, which sometimes has attracted 10,000 skaters,'' said Robert Burnson, publisher of Inline Planet, which bills itself as the world's largest in-line skating website.
Part of the reason why blading has strled in the United States, Burnson said, is it's not taken very seriously.
``It's got a reputation as being just something that girls do, I hate to say it, on South Beach, in their little skate skirts,'' Burnson said.
Even during in-line's heyday, it was mocked by skateboarders who considered their own four-wheeled passion to be more hard-core and rebellious.
Nowadays, older, traditional rollerskates -- or ``quad'' skates -- are enjoying nostalgic appeal, thanks in part to last year's Drew Barrymore-directed roller-derby movie Whip It.
Rollerblades, though, are only a decade or so removed from their peak, making them old enough to be frowned upon, but not yet old enough for retro cool.
At least bladers can count on city government support in Miami Beach. The mayor and police chief are frequent guests at the Great EsSkate's opening ceremony.
Miami Beach police in particular have a tight relationship with the event -- it's raised close to $100,000 for police charities over the years.
Miami Beach Sgt. Tony Lamacchio is a blader himself, one who has patrolled Lincoln Road by skate. L
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