Jul 042010

RollerCon – the majestic time of year when hundreds (maybe even a thousand?) derby girls from around the globe flock to the dessert known at Las Vegas to get down, play derby, party like it’s 1999 and swap and share skating skills, tips and tricks.

Oh YES sister! It is a few mere weeks away. I’m so excited I might pee myself. I have not gone to the holy con since 2008 and this year will be EXTRA special as it will be my last roller-trip before I walk down the aisle on September 4th.

But enough about me! Let’s talk RollerCon.

So big changes this year – no more Imperial Place (oh how I will miss those Dealertainers). From the website it looks like girls are either staying at The Palms, Hooters or the Tropicana. I’ll be at the Tropicana from late Wednesday until mid Sunday. I was pretty conflicted as to whether I wanted to go earlier and be in Vegas for the whole week or do the budget thing and just go for the weekend. So I compromised.

The good folks who plan Rollercon discounted the passes by over 50$ this year – I think this will be a huge factor in attendance numbers. The more the merrier, right? Also, just from looking at the schedules it looks like there are more skating classes verses seminars. Which I personally think is better choice . . . it’s hard to want to stay inside off skates to talk business. I pretty much plan on being at the LV Sports Center all day, every day. But, on the rare occasion I do detach from my skates I’ll be at the pool . . . it is suppose to be somewhat of a vacation too  . . . I think it is easy to forget that since we are all hardcore derby addicts and Rollercon is like a drug den of quad wheels, hot pants and derby icons.

Challenge bouts I have signed up for:

For sure I know I’ll be in the Star Wars verses Star Trek bout. I have also signed up for Bacon verses Fakin Bacon, iPhones verses Androids, Celebrities verses Animals and I think a few others. I need to check on the status to firm those up before I leave.

The last time I went to RollerCon I was so intimidated by everything (since it was my first time) that all I did was a few skating classes. This year I hope to skate my feet off, play in a lot of scrimmages and have a roller-riffic good time!!

Getting ready for RollerCon:

One thing I need to purchase before I go (or borrow from someone not going) is a bag I can cram all my gear into, including my helmet, that I can also wear as a backpack and is checkable for my flight.  Hit me up if you have any links to good bags – that don’t cost a million dollars.

Packing for RollerCon is not as easy as it sounds. One must bring an assortment of booty shorts, scrimmage tees, a hot dress for the Black & Blue ball and few Vegas-specific outfits. Not to mention: bandanas, swimsuits, hats, make up and random miscellaneous items: Socks, Band-Aids, moleskin . . . all the lil items that live in my regular skate bag.

I’ll also be toting my camera and flipcam so I can get some footage and interviews for Live Derby Girls while I’m there. Keep your eyes peeled, I’ll be all over the place trying to get pictures and the perfect quote from YOU!

Be sure and drop me a line (derby.hurts@gmail.com) if you think there is anything specific going on that absolutely cannot be missed.


Woot Woot!!