Inline skating making a comeback

Published: Jun. 21, 2018 at 11:15 PM EDT
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On a warm sunny evening on the Burlington waterfront, hundreds get some exercise while soaking up the sun. But, there is one activity the boardwalk is seeing more of recently.

"I am roller-skating," said Marina Jerry of New York.

A pastime, big in the '80s and '90s, is making a comeback.

"I come here once a week and every time I see a couple of people rollerblading," said Jerry, while strapping into her inline skates.

"These are the old-style hard shell," said Richard Aiken, while pointing at his sports shop’s oldest inline skates.

Aiken works at Play it Again Sports and is noticing an increase, too.

"We've had to buy more new skates to supply the demand," said Aiken.

Aiken has worked at the sports shop for more than a decade. He says after years of falling sales, more kids, teens, and young adults are choosing inline skates over other popular items.

"This year, in particular, we've seen an uptick in sales," said Aiken.

Aiken isn't sure what's re-sparking interest but says once one person buys a pair, more tend to follow.

"Usually their friends are doing it, so they want to do it," said Aiken.

Marina Jerry didn't jump on the bandwagon, she's been skating since she was 10, and is encouraging others to join in.

"I think it's really good exercise and better than running," said Jerry.

Aiken says the price tag for a pair of inline skates has dramatically dropped over the years, from about $300 to $150. He recommends investing in protective gear, especially for beginners.

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