Roller skate resurgence: How the bygone craze is making a big comeback outdoors

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If there was ever a scene to put to rest doubt that roller skating is back, big time, it would be here on the open beachfront blacktop of Newport Elementary School on the Balboa Peninsula, where dozens of people show up on weekends and evenings to sharpen their skills on wheels.

It’s a scene playing out on beach boardwalks from Venice and Santa Monica down to the South Bay and Long Beach and at popular places such as the Huntington Beach Pier. With many indoor roller rinks closed during much of the pandemic, more roller skaters have been gliding into parking lots and parks throughout the region, even pushing boundaries on half pipes and empty pools at local skate parks.

Cheryl Meier, of Aliso Viejo does splits on her skates on the blacktop playground of Newport Elementary School to roller skate in Newport Beach on Sunday, March 7, 2021. With local rinks being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic roller skaters have been gravitating to make-shift roller rinks such as the blacktop playground. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Kristin Justiniano, who was a competitive ice skater as a teenager, roller skates on the blacktop playground of Newport Elementary in Newport Beach on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Cheryl Meier, of Aliso Viejo does splits on her skates on the blacktop playground of Newport Elementary School to roller skate in Newport Beach on Sunday, March 7, 2021. With local rinks being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic roller skaters have been gravitating to make-shift roller rinks such as the blacktop playground. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Alejandra Seymour, left, and Andrew Davis adorn themselves with lights as they do a nighttime skate on the blacktop playground of Newport Elementary School to roller skate in Newport Beach on Sunday, March 7, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Megan Odell of Riverside roller skates in the rain on the wet basketball courts at Ryan Bonaminio Park in Riverside on Friday, January 29, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A skater does the “shoot the duck” move as she skates on the blacktop playground of Newport Elementary School to roller skate in Newport Beach on Sunday, March 7, 2021. With local rinks being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic roller skaters …read more

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