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Aug 23, 2016 >> Meet the Windy City Rollers [VIDEO]


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G&F BLOG_The Windy City Rollers

In the adventurous spirit of our Fall Fashion Issue, we’re getting inspired by a gang of rollerskating babes that have the best puns in the city. You could say the WINDY CITY ROLLERS march—well, roll—to the beat of their own drum, but we’re going out on a limb to say this group of edgy ladies are skating to their own bad ass tune—and kicking butt and taking names! We went behind the scenes with Windy City Rollers to learn more about the hard-hitting sport of roller derby and get a one-on-one lesson with WCR all-star player Ashley Perrin who is better known by her rink-name: Killa Nois.

The Windy City Rollers have been Chicago’s premier women’s flat track roller derby league for over a decade. WCR features four home teams: the Double Crossers, The Fury, Hell’s Belles, and Manic Attackers. Besides their love for name puns—think names like Mary Poppin’ Caps and Suga Smaxxx—these roller women exude extraordinary confidence and a tenacious spirit that is oh so punk rock, and truly inspiring to all.

Think you got the tenacity to skate? WCR is always encouraging new members. New skaters start out on the farm team called the Haymarket Rioters, from there, the novice roller hones in on skills until drafted to a home team. And not sure if you got what it takes? We suited up and took a pair of skates for a spin to see what the Windy City Rollers are all about—and we even got a punny moniker to match! From stance to stop, watch on as we learn the roller basics with the running back of roller derby, Killa Nois. And trust us, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

While you might not join ’em, but go cheer ‘em on! See big hits, impossibly fast skating and heart-pounding action. Don’t miss their Travel Team Double header coming up on September 10, and visit the Windy City Rollers schedule to see upcoming events.

Visit WindyCityRollers.com for more information and schedule

PHOTO TIM MUSHO