Photo by John Hesse
For Heaven's Skates can put together the skates of your dreams, whether for roller derby, park skating or recreational. There are products from lots of popular brands available, including Moxi, Antik, Chaya, Reidell and Chicks in Bowls.
For Heaven's Skates is owned by Rachel Powis AKA X-Raych:
"For Heaven's Skates is born from my passion and love for roller skating. I've had skates on my feet since a teenager, when my brother and I came back from a family holiday to Canada with a suitcase full of roller hockey equipment and started a team up in our neighbourhood. We used to skate around the estate recruiting the local kids and looking for challengers!
At college I stumbled across the X-Games and after watching inline skaters on the vert, I was inspired to try my hand at ramps and rails. I invested in a pair of aggressive skates and spent most of my breaks between lessons waxing up the kerbs and attempting to pull off grinds. I only ever learned two tricks though.
"My transition to quad skating initially came about after buying a pair of skates for a fancy dress party at uni. It seemed silly to only wear them once, and I was determined to use them again. I found roller derby after googling 'places to roller skate in Birmingham' and soon after joined the Birmingham Blitz Dames, before moving to Manchester for a brief period where I trained with both Manchester Roller Derby and Rainy City.
"Returning to the Midlands, I skated with Wolverhampton Honour Rollers, but like a lot of people in derby struggled to find the balance between skating a dedicated training schedule and other life commitments.
"More recently, I've started marathon skating taking part in a few endurance challenges around the UK and abroad and I am also proud to be involved in the Chicks In Bowls movement, looking after the Birmingham, UK chapter. Chicks In Bowls encourages more people to get into skate parks on quad skates and aggressive quad skating, which has not really been seen since the 1980s is experiencing a major resurgence, I'm really happy to be involved in another exciting element of roller skating." - X-Raych
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