In the early years of the in-line skating boom, we could subscribe to a variety of paper magazines for and about inline skaters. But today, Fitness and SpeedSkating Times is the only inline magazine I want to take to the treadmill or stationary bicycle for my bad-weather workouts.
For a few years after the boom, it was hard to get news of any kind about the state of skate. But that’s no longer true thanks to three web sites that continue to roll out new stories about inline skating events, equipment and participants.
Every time I visit Inline Planet, I get pulled in by the excellent writing and timely articles and interviews with skate luminaries, all written in clever and engaging prose by Robert "Author and Slouch" Burnson (self-described). The site is easy to read and navigate and includes safety and inline basics information. Planet Forum is a small but growing community of members you may wish to join. I have bookmarked his Industry News department (just one of 25 departments), which fills a longtime void in news that impacts the Get Rolling skate school and web site offerings. Finally!
Another newsy web site (and webmaster) I have grown to admire is LondonSkaters.com, run by Mike van Erp. If you subscribe to his email newsletter as I do, you'll get monthly snippets of skating-related news and updates from around the internet liberally sprinkled with links. With every edition I curse him for delaying my morning workout. I simply can't resist reading it the moment I find it in my in basket! Visit the LondonSkaters site to read skate reviews and articles, view videos of talented skaters doing their thing, and to learn new Tricks and Tips.
Kathy Fry has been the queen of online inline information since her original role as the Inline Guide for About.com. Her two skating web sites (she has time for others!) are SkateGRRL.com, a comprehensive, worldwide directory of skating web sites; and Skatelog.com, which offers articles and news about all types of skating, a frequently updated calendar of events, bios and photos of skaters and events, and thousands of pages of information about skating. Both sites are exceptionally easy to navigate, but if you're worried about the "thousands" of pages on SkateLog.com, simply start at Kathy's Quick Start Guide. If you're community-minded, you'll meet other skaters on her Message Board, or join the weekly Sunday online chat. To keep up with the news and stories from around the world, subscribe to Kathy's email newsletter.