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Disco balls and roller skates – the spinning 1970s were all about things revolving, twisted and flashy. Those were the glory days of Roller Derby and Roller Disco. The first Super Skating Center opened its doors in 1977 in the town of Kend- all, California. As roller skate mania spread, millions of roller skaters around the world were soon going, going and going like Energizer bunnies around strobe-lighted skating rinks in most major cities. The movement gained great momentum thanks to the flow of effortless gliding afforded by ball-bear- ings and urethane wheels. Almost every “cool” shoe company in the 1970‘s was going along with the whole hype and put a shoe on roller skates. Vans shoes in cooperation with ACS released an Off the Wall roller skate that proved a huge seller. And numerous other skate companies like Makaha jumped on the 8-wheel market. The connection? Well, rollerskating was far from limited to a bunch of bubble- gum popping disco freaks going in circles at the local roller rink. Eight-wheel culture also packed a growing hardcore el- ement, with roller skaters stepping to vert on halfpipes and pools. The publishers of Skateboarder even started a roller skate magazine to give enthusiasts a forum (Who wouldn’t wanna give it a try with a cover like this?). And as with many trends, the mainstream craze eventually faded, while hard- core rollerskating remains a fixture to this day. 1979 Hobie H 210 Hightop Rollerskates