The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 08, 1994, Image 3

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Warren Wright flies high off a 2 foot launch ramp. Skaters often catch up to 6 feet of air.
By Claudia Zavaleta
Bk Battalion
I Ice or no ice, in College Station, people
are strapping on their skates. In-line
skates that is.
■ Thanks to the growing popularity of hock
ey, the wheeled cousin of the ice skate has
bem discovered in the South, gaining popu
larity not just as a training tool for off-the-
"athletes, but with anyotieTooking for a
tibw sport.
I “Now, everyone’s got in lines,” Trey
Nash, president of the A&M In-Line Skate
Club said.
I “It’s a nation-wide thing. It has become
the biggest recreational craze, like aerobics
was in the ‘80s. The explosion of popularity
of these things has been unreal.”
Russell Gesh, adviser to the A&M In-
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ling good,
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skates in Minnesota to train for hockey
when there was no ice.
|(H “I got started before it became a fad,” the
■-year-old research associate for soil and
crop studies said. “When I came here, there
were very few in-line skaters, but when it
started getting big on the West Coast, people
saw it and tried it.”
I dke Gesh, Nash also played hockey, but
he turned to in-lines because there weren’t
that many skating rinks in Dallas.
“I’ve played hockey since I was four,” Nash
said, “but for lack of ice, 1 got my skates. I
like it over any other activity because there is
the potential for a lot of speed. It is more
eventful than jogging around the block.”
Nash said the skates have been around for
a long time, but until recently, they were
mostly used for ice-sports training. Now,
freestyle skaters use jumps and ramps like
skate boarders and borrow some moves from
freestyle skiers.
With prices for a pair of skates ranging
from $69 to more than $300, depending on
the brand and type, the sport is appealing to
an even wider range of people who are look
ing for a new form of exercise.
In-line skate sales in the area are so
brisk that local sporting good stores, like
BCS Bicycles, are having trouble keeping
them in stock.
Photo by Stew Milne/THE Battalion
“Demand has gone up incredibly,” BCS Bi
cycles employee William Brown said.
“The two major manufacturers,
Rollerblade and Bauer, said that they were
one million pair of skates short of their de
mand. We get a lot of students, but a lot of
older people like doctors come in with a friend
to try them out before buying them.”
Gesh said many people who are looking for
a low-impact, aerobic workout like the fluid
..jnoipop of sliatjrig and l}ave adopted the sport.
“It is fairly easy to pick up, and 1 think it’s
easier than ico skating,” Gesh said. “It’s bet
ter than running because with skating, you
don’t bang on the tar unless you fall.”
Most sporting-goods stores also sell protec
tive pads and gear along with skates, he said.
Nash said although there is a low potential
for injury while skating, beginners should
take precautions.
“If were playing hockey,” he said, “ and
someone shows up that wants to leam how to
play, we don’t refuse them. But if they don’t
have knee pads or something, we try to con
vince them to wait until next time.”
By Jennifer Gressett
The Battalion
Considering that he’s one of
“new” country’s biggest names,
it isn’t surprising that Clint
Black is finding new outlets for
success. He’ll demonstrate this
in a unique performance in Rud
der Auditorium tonight.
Why such a big star in such a
small place? It seems Black has
been planning his “Up Close...In
Concert” tour for quite a while.
Contrary to his typical bright
light, big stage performances,
Black said he “wanted to go to
the other extreme and play in
small venues to get that up close
and personal communication
with my audience as if we were
coming to (their) living room.”
The performance will include
former hits as well as features
from his latest release, “No
Time To Kill.” His fourth for
RCA Records, the album has al
ready scored five hits on the
country music charts. These in
clude “A Bad Goodbye,” a duet
with Wynonna, “No Time To
Kill,” “State bf Mind'/’AA Good
Run of Bad Luck,” and “Half the
A new album isn’t the only
new change in Black’s career,
however. This summer’s west
ern blockbuster, “Maverick,”
which starred Mel Gibson, Jodie
Foster and James Garner, not
only featured “A Good Run of
Bad Luck” on its soundtrack,
but also offered Black’s acting
debut. And, although he’s not
quite the actor his wife Lisa
Hartman is, his brief role as a
riverboat gambler appeared to
be a fun side road in his career.
Prior to his latest release,
Black found many ways to di
versify his talent. Along with a
performance for U.S. troops in
Somalia, he has managed to be
part of two diverse music collec
tions. “Common Thread: The
Songs of the Eagles,” was one of
these. Country musicums such
as Vince Gill and Travis Tritt
also contributed to the album,
which features Eagles hits such
as “Desperado,” which Black
A portion of the royalties
from the sales of the collection
went to the Walden Woods Pro
ject, a non-profit organization
founded in 1990. The purpose of
the project is to purchase, and
thereby preserve, environmen
tally sensitive and historically
significant forest land located
near Henry David Thoreau’s
famed retreat at Walden Pond.
Another side road for Black
included his performance of
“Chain of Fools,” with the Point
er Sisters on “Rhythm Country
& Blues,” a collection combining
the voices of country musicians
such as Lyle Lttvett and Trisha
Yearwood with li&B musicians
such as Reverend A1 Green and
Aaron Neville. The purpose of
the project was to show that a
common ground does, in fact, ex
ist between country and R&B.
Throughout his career, Black
has been able to maintain diver
sity both in and out of the coun
try music scene.
Black’s performance will be
at 8:00 tonight in Rudder Audi
torium. For more information
call the MSC Box Office at 845-
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