|Thanks for sharing your experience with Martin Broich. Some years ago a friend of him called Olli posted a message in this forum where he told us that Martin wanted to dig up some pics for us. Didn't happen till now but lets keep hoping. I didn't want to raise the impression that he's not alive anymore. In fact, I just don't know, since I haven't seen him for years.
: I met the coolest and most talented rollerskaters in Spain. They were very gracious to me and one younger kid took me to his house and showed me a video of the best rollerskater I have ever seen. I can't remember his name but he was doing every flip variation I have ever seen.
Could this be Marcos Longares (see pciture)?
: Have you been to Marsaille? I hope I did not screw up the spelling again.
Marseille, Marseille, Marseille. No, I have never been there. I did see some of those crazy roller skaters from there in Lausanne, however. I can confirm that they prefer to skate really hard without pads.
: I had heard about Duke Rennie, but never saw him skate.
I was fortunate enough to meet him at Camp Woodward in 2004. He is really very good.
: I always thought after the skateparks all died that I was one of the only rollerskaters left. It is great to know that through web we can all connect.
I believed that I was the last one, too. I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams what would become of this site when I created my very first web page on how to build a vertical roller skate back in 1999. I had the very feeble hope that someone would maybe be interested in building a pair of roller skates. Never would I have imagined that all those great roller skaters would connect via this forum. Thanks to Brian Wainwright who encouraged me to create this forum and thanks to all of you for using it and for sharing your thoughts. This site would be nothing without all the great people meeting here.
: I had my third day rollerskating today after 14 years and it is coming back. I imagine that I will hit the skateparks with in a month. My tricks are a bit old, but I assume that i will still do front and back flips and layback airs. I can't wait to get back out there.
I think it doesn't matter how old your tricks are. Skating vert is spectacular in any way. Keep it up and don't hurt yourself.