Skateparks are a great way to test your nerves, balance and sense of adventure, but even for die-hard derby players, taking the leap from flat track skating to dropping in bowls is a scary prospect. Swapping a regular sports hall for curving concrete, wooden ramps and grind rails can feel like entering Fresh Meat all over again, with the added challenge of an ever-changing floor to test your stability, and no often no friendly faces to help cheer you on. Thankfully, Chicks in Bowls are there to make the transition from track to park a little smoother, bringing the support of a derby team to the adrenaline-fuelled skatepark experience. Started in New Zealand in 2012, the movement now have 213 chapters worldwide, including our own awesome local group, Chicks in Bowls Yorkshire.
From newbies sticking to the flats, to utter pros testing their limits, Chicks in Bowls offers an awesome way to learn, have fun, and challenge yourself as a skater. If our regional crew are anything to go by, skaters and organisers are super friendly and willing to lend their expertise, advice and encouragement, so being at a skatepark doesn't have to be scary.
Pros: There are Chicks in Bowls chapters all over the world, so wherever you are, there's always someone on hand to help you out. Plus the merch is pretty cool.
Cons: Watching someone drop in a giant bowl or fly through the air on skates might be a bit intimidating at first, though after a while the friendly atmosphere and helpful guidance will have you skating in ways you never dreamed you could!
To find your local Chicks in Bowls, check out their website - or take a look at the awesome Chicks in Bowls Yorkshire here.