How was your experience?
Any preconceived notions I may have ever had about Roller Derby was wiped away once I attended an OC Roller Girls bout. This is a real sport! My wife and I liked the movie "Whip It" and decided to see what it was really like. We were pleasantly surprised that it is a high energy aggressive sport with a specific set of rules that are followed. Any Hollywood images of dirty playing are not real. The officials keep the play clean and penalties are enforced. Each girl gets to create her own persona with a rockstar like pseudonym, decorate her uniform, some put on outrageous makeup - some with none, and for a few hours step outside of herself to be part of an exciting team. Girls of all ages, from 18 to 50, all races, all body types from teeny weeny to big bruisers and everything in between. Once you know the rules, you will stand up and cheer for your favorites as they rack up the points. The Rinks is a very professional facility in an unassuming Huntington Beach office park built as an Anaheim Ducks affiliated Roller Hockey venue. Massive abundant free parking. Full snack bar inside, beer (Bud Light and Amber Bock), quality gourmet lunch truck vendors outside (you can bring it in), vendors and merchandise inside give it a festive atmosphere. The crowd is a mix of families, kids, parents, grandparents cheering their girl on to alternative rockers/punkers/bikers all co-existing very nicely. The VIP bleachers are definitely worth the extra few dollars. Wonderful view behind the players benches on cushioned seats. The regular seats are on the rink itself behind what would be the hockey goals on the left and right on folding chairs. The Roller Girls all mill around and are very approachable and friendly. I do not see why this is not a great roll model for elementary and tween girls. No swearing or anything to be ashamed of. What a fun and intimate venue to see an exciting sporting event on a Saturday night. Go check 'em out on your own!