It’s that time of year again. This weekend (13th & 14th July) sees the return of the Eastbourne Extreme roller derby tournament. Taking place on Eastbourne seafront from 10am to 6pm each day with free admission for spectators, merch stalls, snacks and a whopping TWENTY ONE games of roller derby, it’s the highlight of the year in local derby. Saturday this year features a four team women’s tournament, a three team men’s/open to all Sevens tournie and a trio of juniors games. Sunday offers up six mixed league games, featuring rookie, intermediate and advanced level skaters from all over the country, as well as more juniors action.
You can find all this derby loveliness at the Cage, hard sports courts roughly halfway along the promenade between the Pier and Sovereign Harbour marina. The postcode is BN22 7AA with a cheap car park alongside (a few quid for the whole day) as well as some side street spaces. It’s about 25 minutes walk from Eastbourne train station, but there are plenty of places to stop off on the way, such as after party venue the Crown & Anchor and its near neighbour Fuschardi’s ice cream parlour. The number 99 bus drops off very close to the venue (Fisherman’s Club or Desmond Road stops) and can be picked up from the town centre. Or there’s always the Dotto (tourist land train) from the Pier.
It’s a Bring Your Own Booze (and soft drinks, food, whatever) event and nearby shops include a Coop, Tesco Express and Best-One, all on Seaside Road about four minutes walk inland. There will also likely be some food stalls a little further east along the prom, where you’ll find other Eastbourne Extreme stuff, such as skateboarding and BMXing, going on. An ice cream van will probably turn up at some point too. There are public toilets (plus drinking water tap) handily located right next to the Cage, although the ladies can have Glastonbury sized queues between games. Sunday’s after party is at the Crown & Anchor near the Pier. Now let’s hear from lots of people about lots of games…
EXTREME FIRST TIMER HYPS SAYS…
This will be my first year at Eastbourne Extreme. I’ve always wanted to go in the past, but it was always just that little bit too far or clashed with something else. This year I’ve moved to South Wales to be with my partner, so I’m a bit closer, and what makes this even better is he’s going to be benching the team I’m playing on. Doing this derby couple life right yo!
The thought of playing outside didn’t even occur to me until the other week and my first thought was ‘oh no I don’t want to trash my beautiful skates’. So derby mail to the rescue! I lent my old skates to one of my old teammates while she awaited her new pair sent down to me via the network. They’re a different set up and much heavier though, so it’ll be fun learning to skate on those again… and outside – oops!
I really don’t know what to expect from the weekend but I know it’s going to be a long one. Me and my other half have a British Champs game in Birmingham on Saturday before heading down to Eastbourne that night. I’m then benching the rookie women’s game (the first game on Sunday) for Team White and then playing for La Peste Noire in one of the intermediate games. I’m hoping me and Jay don’t have a domestic over an official review. Seriously though, I’m just looking forward to seeing friends, enjoying the sunshine derby and going the beach afterwards with a celebratory beer and MAXIMUM CHILL. Phew!
SATURDAY: WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
A main focus of Saturday is the women’s (ie WFTDA gender policy) tournament, which features six 30 minute games. In a rare treat it’s actually going to be the same four teams as last year taking part. Obviously not the exact same squads because that’s not how derby works, but it should be interesting to see how their 2019 results compare to last year’s games. Results were fairly mixed in 2018.
Brighton’s B-team Rockerbillies suffered three defeats, although often by small margins. The remaining competitors each had one win and one loss against their other opponents, with Surrey taking the title on points differential (or however it’s worked out). It was Eastbourne’s Bombshells who imposed that sole defeat – will the hosts take the title themselves this year? Will Surrey retain? What about Terra Hurtz, the B-team of Chelmsford’s Killa Hurtz? Last year’s Extreme was that team’s public debut, so has a full year of development turned them into title winners? Finally, can the Rockerbillies flip last year’s results on their head and bag the trophy themselves? We’ll find out on Saturday. Here are some words from each team…
ALL GAMES ARE ON TRACK 1
10.00 BOURNE BOMBSHELLS VS TERRA HURTZ
10.45 BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLES VS SURREY
12.30 BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES VS TERRA HURTZ
13.15 BOURNE BOMBSHELLS VS SURREY
15.00 TERRA HURTZ VS SURREY
15.45 BOURNE BOMBSHELLS VS BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES
BULLET BOMBER (BOURNE BOMBSHELLS) SAYS…
We are super excited for Extreme again this year. It is a lot of work to put on, but it’s so worth it when we see so many people enjoying the event. We are pleased to be inviting back all the women’s teams from last year. It will be interesting to see how we fare against them this year. Bombshells recently played Surrey in British Champs and Surrey took the well deserved win, so we will work hard to even up the scores and have fun while we try. We haven’t played Brighton or Terra Hurtz since last year and it will be interesting to see how we do this year.
Brighton Rockerbillies have a few skaters we haven’t played before and some old friends who we look forward to seeing on track again. I think it could be a close game. Terra Hurtz are always a little more of an unknown to us as we haven’t played them very many times. They have a few names on their roster who we haven’t seen before. That always makes it harder to predict how the game may go, but also makes it extra interesting.
The Bombshells team hasn’t changed much since last year, but we will have the added excitement of being able to have our age 16+ Team GB juniors join the Bombshells in our last game of the day against Brighton. We can’t wait to skate out with them in Bombshell tops and they are definitely the players to watch! Eastbourne Extreme is the most important event of our year. We love seeing loads of the derby community all at our favourite place to skate.
THE GOLDEN SNATCH (SURREY ROLLER GIRLS) SAYS…
Last year at Eastbourne was a real ‘cherry on top of the cake’ moment for a lot of us at Surrey. Having taken a season out of British Champs to grow and develop as a team, we came to Eastbourne with the aim of having fun and gelling even more as a team. It was tough and HOT! We all rocked our denim shorts as we took on some of our favourite teams in super fun games. To come out as the winners was such a joyful moment for us and it felt like the perfect end to a season of growth.
This year, as defending champions who are also back in Champs, we’re bringing the fire, the fierceness, but most importantly the fun. (And sun cream. Also important). Our roster has been shaken up a fair amount. We have some amazing rookies who have come up the ranks, and we’ve adopted some cracking pals from Croydon, but we are still unapologetically Surrey and determined to uphold our reputation as a fun and lovely team to play.
We can’t wait to see our Brighton pals – it’s been so long! We’ve beaten them every time the last few bouts BUT they push us so hard and improve every time so we’re not at all complacent. Terra Hurtz are a super strong team who work incredibly well together and have smart tactics; they’ll be a challenge for sure. And of course the babes of Eastbourne; they beat us by a whisker last year, but we got them back at Champs. Who can say who will win the third round?
You can expect us to be strong, loud, occasionally scrappy and chaotic but in our own special way. We are all so different on and off the track and that diversity is one of our greatest strengths. It makes us unpredictable, it makes us strong, it makes us family. And yes, fun is a big priority… but we want to lift that trophy again. See you on the track for high fives and hard hits, and see you on the beach afterwards. Bring on EE 2019, we absolutely cannot wait!
SLAMATEE (TERRA HURTZ) SAYS…
Last year was the first tournament for our newly formed Terra Hurtz, and we loved every minute of it! The event was the highlight of our 2018 and we are so happy to have been invited back this year to meet the same opponents. Playing outdoor derby is rewarding as many of our skaters love the opportunity to try something new, and the whole weekend offers something for everyone. We’re looking forward to weird suntan marks, lots of cheering and an excellent selection of supporter attire.
We are delighted to have some new skaters with us on track this year. Keep your eyes peeled for Cherry Bomb and Gemolition, our dangerous blocking duo, in particular. Our speed demon jammer Liannabal Lector is also one to look out for, but blink and you’ll miss her! We have been training hard this year and are fresh from our win at home last week, so watch out for our power walls and tough-nut offense. We will be catching any rogue jammers, don’t you worry. And remember our chant: HYDRATE, GYRATE.
VARIOUS BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES SAY…
SLAP DASH: This is a really exciting event for us because we’re mixing some of our more experienced players with some of our newest B-teamers. We’re hoping having three games will give everyone some really valuable game experience and we’ll do our best to learn and develop from each game. In terms of tactics I don’t want to give too much away. We had a group viewing of the footage from our last game against Glasgow which was really helpful and gave us some great things to work on together. Look out for a certain offence strategy that we will be debuting.
G-FORCE: With a mixture of levels in the squad we’ve had to adapt some of our tactics to fit everyone’s style of play. We’ve been working hard on making sure our defence is strong and coordinated as we know the Eastbourne Extreme teams can hit hard. We also have some great offence up our sleeves to ensure our jammers are free to rack up those points. Last year as one of the new Fresh Meat intake I came to watch the Rockerbillies at Extreme. The whole event is so different to any other games I’ve seen or played, not least because it’s outside which is scary in itself. It can be really draining playing in full sunlight and having three games spread over the day, but I think that does bring out the best in our team. Everyone looks out for each other and makes sure we all stay sun creamed and hydrated (whether we like it or not!). Plus what’s better than the traditional team dip in the sea after the day is done? It’s how every roller derby game should end!
GOLDIBLOCKS: Last year was a whirl of sun cream, hot tarmac, hotter denim, cool shades, ice cream breaks, fantastic announcers, cooling off in the sea – did I forget to mention roller derby in that? It was a great day and we all had loads of fun, despite losing all our games! Our opponents were really experienced and very strong, so despite our best efforts and some amazing jamming, we found ourselves behind in each game. The intense heat also didn’t help matters. As we’re playing the same teams as last year, we’re feeling much better prepared as we know what we’re likely to be up against.
As with the run up to last year’s Extreme, we’ve had a fair amount of change on the team recently, so for quite a few it will be their first experience of the tournament. We’ve been working hard so we’re feeling ready for the challenge. We know the other teams are likely to be bigger than us, but we know how to use our size and speed to our advantage – and let’s face it, size isn’t everything. Our aim for the games this year is to close the gap in the scores between us and our opponents, to use the new tactics that we’ve been drilling hard, and as ever, to have fun and learn.
SATURDAY: MEN’S/OPEN TO ALL SEVENS TOURNAMENT
Saturday’s men’s/OTA tournament follows the Sevens ruleset and features three teams rather than the four that took part last year. Eastbourne’s own Bomb S’Quad line up against the returning Surrey Jammerwockies. The third side is a special EE19 team composed of players from various different leagues. Let’s hear from them all…
ALL GAMES ARE ON TRACK 1
11.30 BOMB S’QUAD VS EE 19 TEAM
14.15 BOMB S’QUAD VS SURREY JAMMERWOCKIES
16.30 EE19 TEAM VS SURREY JAMMERWOCKIES
BULLET BOMBER (BOMB S’QUAD COACH) SAYS…
Last year’s tournament was great fun as Eastbourne Extreme always is. We are pleased to be able to invite Surrey back again this year. Our teams have always been close and we love playing them. As well as Surrey we will also be playing the EE19 Team, who are made up of some familiar names. We think both games will be quite tough. Our team has some new skaters playing this year alongside some of the founding members and some of our derby friends.
The Bomb S’Quad have not played any games this year so everyone’s looking forward to getting back on track together. Eastbourne Extreme is the most important event of the year for all of the Eastbourne teams. It is a chance for our friends and family to see us play as it’s our only hometown venue. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to recruit new local skaters as it’s an outdoor event with lots of passers by who are interested in extreme sports. This is so important to help keep building the league year on year.
SURREY ROLLER DERBY SAY…
Both Surrey leagues (ourselves and Surrey Roller Girls) have a tradition of attending Eastbourne Extreme. It’s our most anticipated event of the year being such a melting pot – often literally – of everything roller derby. Despite some big changes to our league, including the fact that Surrey Roller Boys is no more (we’re just Surrey Roller Derby now, mixed and open to all) we weren’t going to pass up the opportunity to roll out a team at Extreme.
Surrey Roller Derby have a lot of new skaters in the league who are now starting to bout. The team is excited that EE19 will see Screamadelica’s (#42) first game with the league. She’s already been to a few closed door mixed openers, only raising the anticipation among the rest of us as to what she’ll be bringing to the track. What’s becoming another unofficial tradition is having a few guest skaters for the tournament. This year they’re from Kent and Windsor. We are extremely grateful for their last-minute support and are looking forward to getting to know them over the weekend.
A much loved and respected member of our league and the community recently passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Brother Lee Shove had an active, leading role in our league as well as being involved with the local junior league, London Skate, and regularly attending all of the roller discos in the area. He will be sorely missed, and many skaters will be holding him in their hearts and minds over the weekend.
THRASH UNREAL (EE19 TEAM) SAYS…
I’ve been playing roller derby for nearly five years now and this weekend is my first time skating at Eastbourne Extreme. I’m a little bit apprehensive, not because I’m worried about the outdoor skating (I’ve got a lot of experience skating outdoors, having done the London Street Skate a few times and spent a fair bit of time in skate parks) but because I’m actually playing seven games over the weekend. That’s between the OTA/men’s tournament, skating for Surrey Rollergirls in the women’s tournament and playing two pickup games on the Sunday.
This will also be my first time skating with all of the other skaters on the EE19 team – despite playing a lot of pickup games in my time I’ve never skated with any of them, and on top of all that it’s my first Seven game as well! Looking at the other two rosters, I’d say the one to watch from Eastbourne is SpankMeSideways, he’s always a laugh whenever I’ve skated with or against the Bomb S’Quad, and if last year’s anything to go by he’ll do the entire thing with old-school hockey socks on over his skates again. The sweat must be unreal! From the Surrey side watch out for Jam Tart’s ridiculous level of skill on skates and the contortion acts he manages to pull as a jammer.
I did actually make it along to Eastbourne last year but I was on crutches after breaking my ankle falling off a skateboard, so I’m incredibly hyped to actually be there on skates this year! My best mate’s coming along (AND WILL BE STAYING OFF SKATES, FURY, IF YOU’RE READING THIS), there’s gonna be plenty of chances to catch up with old friends and make some new ones, and I’m planning on a nice cooling dip in the sea on the Saturday afternoon once I’m done skating. I’ll also be doing a bit of announcing too, so listen out for my dulcet tones over the PA. It should be a pretty amazing weekend!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: JUNIOR TOURNAMENT
The event’s third tournament takes place over both mornings of Extreme on the venue’s second track. This features three junior squads that include a host of players who took part in last summer’s Junior World Cup in Philadelphia. Team Purple are Eastbourne Roller Derby’s own New Bournes. Team White are Devon All Star Hitters plus skaters from Malmö, Cardiff and Manchester. Team Black is composed of Hereford Poison Berries plus skaters from Sheffield and elsewhere.
SATURDAY @ TRACK 2
11.00 BLACK VS WHITE
11.45 BLACK VS PURPLE
12.30 PURPLE VS WHITE
SUNDAY @ TRACK 2
10.30 PURPLE VS BLACK
11.15 PURPLE VS WHITE
12.00 WHITE VS BLACK
RACHELL (TEAM PURPLE) SAYS…
I’m RacHell #16 and I skate for New Bournes Roller Derby. I’ve been skating since May 2017 making this my third Extreme but the first that I will properly be competing in. My first Extreme I had a broken wrist and last year I was preparing for the Junior Roller Derby World Cup so didn’t want to risk an injury. Extreme is one of my favourite times of the year as it brings together so many skaters from so many parts of the UK and puts us all in the strange situation of skating outdoors, something that puts everyone out of their comfort zone. Most importantly though it reminds me of how proud I am to represent Eastbourne Roller Derby as the weekend never fails to impress.
I’m lucky enough to be skating with both the juniors and the adults this year, meaning I have a number of teammates to feel very safe with on track. From the juniors I would warn skaters to be wary of Jemma English #10 as it’s one of her last chances to represent New Bournes so I’m certain she’ll be giving it her all. I would also keep an eye out for Lan-kill-shire #514 and i meant to do that #84 as they have both passed their level 3 minimum skills only very recently but definitely don’t skate like it! There isn’t any specific skater people should look out for on our women’s roster as when we work as a team we’re all as good as each other. However, we have been working very closely on our offence, so maybe you’ll get a glimpse of some of our offensive tactics on track.
As for our opponents in the junior tournament, I think we are definitely in for a challenge. On Team White there is Team Europe skater Vilda #04 who is more solid than a brick wall, as well as Giraffic Jam #8, a fellow Team GB jammer that could get past almost any wall. For Team Black the two names that stand out for me as the biggest threat are sisters Marnie Moo’vova #143 and Hi Velocity #342 who also skated last year with me for Team GB. They are both as agile and sturdy as each other, being very versatile and experienced skaters.
As the only adult game I will be competing in this weekend is against Brighton Rockerbillies I am very happy as they are all friendly faces. I hope that the pressure doesn’t get to me too much as I’m aiming to be one of Eastbourne Roller Derby’s top jammers for EE19. I’m sure the weekend will be very successful as per usual, hopefully bringing in an even larger crowd than last year.
SUNDAY: MIXED LEAGUE GAMES
Sunday is dominated by six mixed league games spanning the skill levels. Here they are in handy chronological order:
10.00 WOMEN’S ROOKIE GAME @ TRACK 1
BLACK WIDOW VS WHERE’S THE BALL
KITTY LESTRANGE (BLACK WIDOW) SAYS…
This is my first-time skating at Eastbourne Extreme, but my fourth time attending. I’ve been skating for four years and have broken both of my legs at different times in that period, one break worse than the other. Since 2018 I’ve been working hard towards re-passing my minimum skills, and last week I finally did it! This is my first ever game and to say that I’m excited is an understatement. I cannot wait to see all of my hard work pay off as I finally play my first game of roller derby at an event that I absolutely love.
Extreme is an amazing event that me and my boyfriend now always try to attend. It’s a perfect blend of sun, sea and derby. I’m not going to lie; when I first watched people skating and competing outdoors it genuinely terrified me. Watching people land on the concrete then get straight back up to continue playing put a lot of confidence in me – if they could do it, then so could I. I’ve only started skating outdoors this year in preparation for EE. I was sure there was no way that I’d be able to do it, but after more and more practise it became easy. I’m still slightly scared, but it’s more excited/scared now.
To be honest Team Black Widow hasn’t really talked tactics or anything yet. As we’re playing in the women’s rookie game, for a lot of us this will be our first experience of something like this, so we have no idea what to expect during the game. I’m sure a lot of us are just hoping to survive the whole game haha. I have every faith in my team that we’re going to do everything we can, and give it 110% during the whole event. We’re going to be looking out for the sweep on our own team and watching for the offence and star passes that might slip by us.
I’m expecting to have the absolute time of my life experiencing a derby game for the first time. I play with my own team a lot and train against high level skaters every Friday with Devil Dogs Roller Derby (Stoke-on-Trent), so this will be a nice change to play against skaters of my own level. As for the weekend I’m looking forward to nothing but sunshine, fish and chips by the sea and experiencing new things. There are eight of us travelling down this weekend to either play in or NSO the games. I’m excited to be spending my weekend, and my first playing experience, with my fellow teammates and friends.
11.30 MEN’S INTERMEDIATE GAME @ TRACK 1
THE ABLOCKADOS VS YOU’VE BEEN TANGOED
LAW HAVE MERCY (THE ABLOCKADOS) SAYS…
I first attended Extreme in 2017 as an NSO, but I took part in the Saturday tournament at last year’s event with my old league, the Surrey Roller Boys, who are playing again this year. I always have a blast at EE. It’s rare to have the opportunity to do some outdoor skating and (although it’s harder work on the legs and can be punishingly hot in the summer) it’s dead good fun having a bit of skatey bash by the beach. There’s always loads of top folk around at Extreme too.
The aBlockados are composed of skaters from leagues all over at varying levels, some of whom I’ve never skated with before. Bear Skillz from Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder and Boomstick from Dorset Knobs are both very speedy, jukey jammers who can be points machines if the opposing wall don’t watch out. We blockers will be sticking to the basics to begin with and playing it by ear depending how the game pans out.
You’ve Been Tangoed have got some pretty handy skaters too. My old teammate Jam Tart is a seasoned street skater who jams like Stretch Armstrong (you can hit him but he’ll bounce right back) and Crush of Blood is a literal juggernaut – nobody wants to get hit by him. I expect a physical game, but we’re ready for whatever they have in store for us. It should be a really fun game. I expect the usual from Eastbourne: sun, sea and tons of fun.
13.00 WOMEN’S INTERMEDIATE GAME 1 @ TRACK 1
YELLOW IS IT ME YOU’RE LOOKING FOR VS DABBA DEE DABBA DIE
SWEETNESS AND FIGHT (YELLOW IS IT ME) SAYS…
I have only been to last year’s Eastbourne Extreme, but it was so much fun I wanted to come back this year and many more to come. It’s a really fun-filled event. Although I was terrified of playing outside the first time, in practice it was fine. I don’t have experience skating with or against many of the skaters in the game I’m playing, so I can’t really give any tips on skaters or tactics to look out for I’m afraid. All I can say is I’m expecting lots of hitty fun in the sun with great people from all over the country. This is definitely one of THE places where people at all levels can play and watch roller derby, meet other skaters, and share a love of the sport.
13.15 WOMEN’S INTERMEDIATE GAME 2 @ TRACK 2
BOURNE REDDY VS LA PESTE NOIRE
THE GOLDEN SNATCH (BOURNE REDDY) SAYS…
This is my second year skating at Eastbourne Extreme, although it’s my first time playing in one of the Sunday games. It really is a derby ‘bucket list’ item – everyone should do it! Last year I was super scared about playing outdoors, but ultimately I just had to adjust a few things and it turned out fine. Taping my fingers was a good idea though: hot tip for newbies. In terms of our team (Bourne Reddy), keep an eye out for Lily Malicious and Amazing Graze – they’re Eastbourne players and wicked sharp jammers to boot. I’m glad I’m not blocking them for once!
As for our opponents La Peste Noire, their squad includes five or six of my Surrey teammates. They’re all brilliant so I’m utterly terrified. Watch out for Moni Bitchell’s hits (they HURT) and the gorgeous footwork and jukes of Top DPS. Plus if you see me running away it’s because I don’t want to block Boo-dica, she’s too strong. Help me. If I survive that game I’m also super pumped to be benching the advanced game for the Pink Panthers, and then jumping directly into the sea with my pals afterwards. Bring on the sun cream, post-bout ciders, and John Hesse’s excellent photography. (He’s the only person I am willingly photographed by in derby, to be honest.)
BLIZZARD OF OZ (MAULIN’ ROUGE) SAYS…
I’m Blizzard, a blocker with Kent Men’s Roller Derby. This will be my fourth Eastbourne Extreme and the fourth year I came up with the team name, so even if we don’t win the game I still feel like a winner. In 2016 I was expelled for leaping contact, but we won, so that was ok. In 2017 the format was changed to Sevens and we could form our own teams, so I put together an unstoppable force and we were unstoppable. In 2018 we were back to the standard format, which is much fairer on everyone and makes the games closer, making it more exciting to watch. This year we’re in the standard format again and I’m looking forward to some tough competition.
Eastbourne Extreme is as much a social get together for all our friends as it is a competition. Even if I couldn’t skate I would still come down to enjoy the sunshine and company. Eastbourne Roller Derby always puts together a top class event, the only one of its kind. I’ve skated outdoors on this kind of surface since the early 80s, so the surface isn’t new for me or most of the older skaters, but I understand that people who have learned to skate indoors and have never been on tarmac could find it a bit daunting – a good amount of off track practice always pays off.
The men’s advanced teams this year are made up from some top skaters, so we can expect some big hits and extremely fast play. We on Maulin’ Rouge will be looking to keep it nice and clean, stay together and, like, score points and stuff. Watch out for our nippy jammers Alpha Papa and Boomstick; I’ll be doing my best to clear them a path. Opponents Blue Steel will be also trying to score points and they have some very versatile skaters who can block effectively as individuals, so we’ll need to keep them occupied. Watch out for Bang showboating when he gets the star. Citizen Pain is an immovable object, and Mal Pack-a has the strength to push past most walls. What am I expecting? To drink tea, eat cake and skate, in that order.
16.00 WOMEN’S ADVANCED GAME @ TRACK 1
PINK PANTHERS VS BLUE-PERS
SWANN (BLUE-PERS) SAYS…
This is a homecoming to Eastbourne Extreme for me. I was heavily involved with the organisation of the event for the first two years and I skated in the advanced women’s game in the third year, but this will be my first time skating at EE since then. The tournament is super close to my heart. It was the first UK event of its kind, and it’s become a solid part of the UK derby calendar for many. I haven’t skated outside for a while and I fear for the welfare of my toe stops!
With any mixed team, there tends to be a mish mash of play styles and strategies, so the Blue-Pers will just be looking to have a fun game where we utilise the strengths of our players. I’ve skated with and against a few of the squad before. She Ruthless and I met five years ago in Gran Canaria, and she’s a super strong blocker who I wouldn’t want to jam against! As with our team, I’m sure our Pink Panthers opposition will take a while to figure out tactics. I’m looking forward to skating against Trev as I train with Kent from time to time. It’s always fun to skate against friends, and she’s a great, agile jammer. Mostly I’m expecting sunburn. That’s what I’ve taken away from every Extreme so far, anyway!
[Photos by John Hesse]