Whip it!

What to do on an ordinary Saturday, when your brother is in town to visit? Of course: You go watch girls in hot pants and roller skates, pushing themselves out of the lane. :) Roller Derby, are the two magic words here. In case you’ve never heard of it, you should go and check out the movie Whip it.

We went there pretty early and saw the teams warm up. I’m not sure if what they did to the floor with their roller skates was legal, but the sound they made when they slammed the brakes was pretty mean!

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

Then all the teams got to introduce themselves with their funky names. Some of my favorites were Hard’Ass Ice, Red E Krueger and Combat Cupcake. I tried to come up with one for myself but after Missy Schnitzel I knew, I had hit the top! Haha Oh and my favorite referee is in the picture below: Fluke Skywalker, he even has the original Star Wars helmet :)

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

Here you see the girls in action. The jammers (with the star) work to get through the pack. The first time through, the jammers try to beat each other through the  pack to become “lead jammer”.

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

I guess you could call it Starlight Express for guys. I’m seriously considering to go to try outs :)



8 thoughts on “Whip it!

  1. I didn’t know that this existed anywhere outside of the Unites States! Until now, I thought that this must be some sort of crazy US thing…^^

  2. Well first of all…I love girls in hot pants. OK, just kidding. (no I’m not)
    Anyway…I have seen this locally in our area, and it can be very entertaining. It should idealy be done on a banked track. Then you see some real action.
    Rollar Derby used to be on TV here in the states every Sat. morning, but that was many years ago.
    Now I want to go see it again.

  3. I don’t know the movie and I wasn’t aware of this sport! That’s crazy!!
    You’ve got some nice shots here, I like how you took pictures from different angles and really captured the movement.

    • Google roller derby and Switzerland, maybe you find some underground activities ;)
      Thank you so much! I was a little but sad though that I couldn’t take pictures from the same level as the players, since they didn’t let you anywhere near the track :/

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