WITH VIDEO: Enjoying a ski Sunday with new craze on Hove seafront

The Argus: Our man Ben Leo was no Alberto Tomba at Hove seafront Our man Ben Leo was no Alberto Tomba at Hove seafront

Who would have thought trying to avoid falling over on a rock-hard seafront on a chilly Sunday morning would be so much fun?

Put a helmet on, grab a set of roller-skis and, surprisingly, you’ll find it is.

A dozen bleary-eyed people did just that when they took part in the new craze of roller-skiing outside the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove yesterday.

 


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With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, our own intrepid reporter Ben Leo thought he would roll up to see what all the fuss was about.

Combining traditional roller skating with cross country skiing, roller-skiing brings all the fun of the pistes to dry land.

Aside from one nasty tumble, our Ben was skates ahead of his fellow thrill seekers – but ruled out adopting the moniker of Benny the Beagle to rival Eddie the Eagle in any future competitions.

Yesterday’s early-morning bash was run by the newlyfounded Sussex SkiFIT Club as it looks to get the county booted up in time for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

It was led by cool-and-confident instructor Adam Guzda – a racing biathlon champion who has spent numerous years honing his cross-country skiing and shooting skills in Poland.

The participants ranged from sprightly youngsters with balance akin to ballerinas and other folk who admitted “Christmas has probably taken a toll on my fitness”.

But according to SkiFIT boss Lotta Sutton, roller-skiing promises fun and frolics – plus a good opportunity to get fit, whatever your size and ability.

For the talented, it could also lead on to participating in competitive competitions across the world.

Lotta, 57, said: “When competitors in cross country skiing events can’t train on snow, they use these types of roller skis to keep up their strength and ability.

“It’s also becoming a sport in its own right and there are talks of it becoming a discipline at the next summer Olympics too.

“With the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi coming up in February and Great Britain having a good cross country team this year, it could also lead to competing in competitions all over the world for those who are talented enough.”

The next SkiFIT sessions will be held on January 19 and 26, February 2 and 9, and March 2 and 9 at Preston Park Velodrome car park at 9.15am and 10.45am. Sessions cost £6 for 12 to-25-year-olds and £12 for over 25s.

For more details visit roller-skis.com/events/brighton-hove_seafront.

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1:31pm Mon 13 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

is that a cycle lane they are in ??????????
is that a cycle lane they are in ?????????? whatevernext2013

1:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

Call me a bitter twisted cynic if you will, but in my opinion a dozen people turning out once does not constitute a craze. However much the equipment sellers might like to convince us otherwise...
Call me a bitter twisted cynic if you will, but in my opinion a dozen people turning out once does not constitute a craze. However much the equipment sellers might like to convince us otherwise... Goldenwight

2:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Tubular says...

Get these idiots out of the cycle lane.
Get these idiots out of the cycle lane. Tubular

2:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

lsqmb05 says...

Nice idea but do it further along toward Brighton were the cycle lands ends and it is MUCH wider. When i came across these people they were taking up the whole cycle lane and due to the fact they are all not very good, cyclists have to take their life in their hands to pass them (on the pedestrian area).
Nice idea but do it further along toward Brighton were the cycle lands ends and it is MUCH wider. When i came across these people they were taking up the whole cycle lane and due to the fact they are all not very good, cyclists have to take their life in their hands to pass them (on the pedestrian area). lsqmb05

3:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

thelieshurts says...

Hope roller-skiing doesn't catch on.
If it does that means the greens will have to add a roller-ski lanes next to cycle lanes and bus lanes, (no room for cars.)
Hope roller-skiing doesn't catch on. If it does that means the greens will have to add a roller-ski lanes next to cycle lanes and bus lanes, (no room for cars.) thelieshurts

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