The big event is so near…..and what a break in the weather forecast: 70s and sunny both days.
Hiroshi Koizumi, the Japanese skating legend, who has skated banked track for over 40 years has put this giant event together.
Outdoors by the Santa Monica Pier (wonderful rides and food) on the parking lot. banked track, great food. Not only Japan vs USA on the banked track, but so much more: exhibition game both days by the LA Derby Dolls and the Juniors. Moxi skaters on hand for trick skating, dance skating, cosplay. music.
Must be horribly expensive? advance tickets at $5 admission on sale now at brownpapertickets.com. and bleacher seating (highly reasonable) and VIP tickets also available….capacity limited by the city of Santa Monica. Hours, from 9 am to 6 pm each day. Japan vs USA men and women’s teams at 1 pm each day, Derby Dolls to follow, much activity in the mornings….
And until you have seen the wild, entertaining Japanese Roller game; well, it is a whole different game. And it will be televised for Japan…no local tv or streaming.
The Japanese team is flying in, and they will be joined by Slamurai from the San Diego Derby Dolls.
On the USA roster are Tony Muse and Mark Weber, who both were on the 2014 men’s USA World Cup Champs, and Tony is on the 2016 squad. Also Andrew Branson, Bobby Cendejas, Ray Robles, Chris Martinez, Nick Scobbda and Josh Valladares, grandson of skating legends Ralph Valladares and Honey Sanchez.
The women’s team features Gwen Miller, Stacey Blitsch (both Rollerjam and modern Derby), Jessica Heiter (Crowe), Erika Valdez, Zoe from LA Derby Dolls, Megan Martinez and more.
There has never been an event like it, and there may never be again. And don’t tell me you can’t afford it. And a day on the beach in March….
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