Where can we find you on Instagram? @isabellamelita
Which Five Stride shop do you work in? Brooklyn
What is your history with roller skating & what type of skating are you into now? I learned to roller skate with Gotham Girls Junior Derby when I was 15. I spent 3 seasons with GGJD and one with the Northeast Junior Olympic team. After turning 18, I aged out and joined Gotham Roller Derby, where I currently skate.
Tell us about your roller skate setups & gear that you love...
For roller derby I use...
Boot: Semi-custom narrow Bont Hybrid Fiberglass in my home team colors
Plate: Roll Line Killer plate with the Roll Line small hockey toe stops
Wheels: Radar Halo in 93a for most surfaces
Bearings: Super Reds
Pads: 187 Pro Derby knee pads, 187 Slim Elbow pads, 187 helmet, Triple 8 RD Wristsaver
Accessories: I have a pair of blue Riedell toe guard strips that are somehow STILL holding on after 7 years. I love them!
For recreational skating...
I have a pair of Vans sneaker skates. With that setup I use the Avanti Aluminum plate and Wildbones sliders, which I am very much still learning how to use. I change the wheels depending on what I'm doing but I typically switch between the Radar Energy wheels (65 or 57mm) and the Moxi Fundae wheels.
What is your favorite skate spot? Unsurprisingly my favorite place to skate is the Gotham Crashpad. The Hudson River Greenway is also nice!
What's your favorite thing about working at Five Stride? I love watching people get excited about skates. Whether it's their first pair, or their fourth, most folks come into the shop with a smile.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself that isn't related to roller skating! Outside of skating I also really enjoy bouldering!
What do you love most about roller skating? The community! Roller skating has introduced me to some of my favorite humans.