I'm Amy. New to London (as of last September) and new to skating/blading/skidding along on my backside. This feels a little like my first day at school.
I'm a postgrad student (24) living and studying in central London and well, have chosen the coldest month in the year to start learning. You may find me practicing in a shadowy corner of Hyde Park trying not to look too much like I haven't got a clue. If anyone else is starting out it would be really nice to meet up with you at some point to halve the embarrassment factor.
Has anyone heard of the Skate Patrol? I read something about free advice sessions on Sundays. I'm a bit skint at the mo, like the everyone else, so I plan on having a little play to start with until I invest too heavily in lessons so if anyone with a little more experience fancies showing me a couple of slick moves such a stopping or moving in a straight line, get in touch. Payment would be in kind... that is I make good cakes, cookies, and other dishes consisting of a high guilt content.
Hello Amy. You certainly have chosen the best time of year to learn to skate - just think when the summer is here you will no longer look like an incompetent flailing gumbie! I don't think Skate Patrol actually ran at all last year (someone correct me?), but even then they only run in the summer months anyway, by when hopefully you will have figured the basics out for yourself.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that skaters are friendly and approachable, so if you need tips don't hesitate to ask anyone who even vaguely looks like they know what they're doing. Good luck!