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Rollerblade® and Zephyr Join Forces

In December of 2004 Zephyr Inline Skate Tours and the Rollerblade® skate company signed a cooperative agreement to organize a series of camps for inline skating beginners, and also to offer free inline skating lessons in order to increase participation in the sport. Ongoing projects that will continue in 2005 include Zephyr's online marathon training program and Rollerblade's "Skate in School®" program.

ROLLERBLADE® AND ZEPHYR JOIN FORCES

The largest skate manufacturer in the world is joining forces with one of inline skating’s most dynamic small companies. Rollerblade®, founded in 1980 as the originator of modern-day inline skating, has signed a cooperation agreement with Zephyr Inline Skate Tours, the world’s first skate touring company.

"What can I say?" says Zephyr owner Allan Wright. "We are very excited to be working with Rollerblade®. They are the company that is making things happen in the inline industry."

The same could be said of Zephyr. The cross-promotional agreement between the two companies will focus on two joint projects: Camp Rollerblade® and FreeSkateLesson.com. In addition, Rollerblade will continue to run its Skate in School® program while Zephyr will continue to operation MarathonSkating.com.

Camp Rollerblade: Skate Camp for Adults

Perhaps the largest venture to come out of the Rollerblade-Zephyr agreement is the new Camp Rollerblade. In the late 1990s, a "Camp Rollerblade" existed in the Californian city of Santa Rosa. Run by Jill Schultz, that Camp Rollerblade taught a variety of inline skills - vert ramps, hockey, speed skating, etc - over several days. Unfortunately, the Camp closed its doors in 2000.

The new Camp Rollerblade is much more focused: it teaches adult beginners how to skate recreationally. Offering three dates in 2005 (two on Hilton Head Island off South Carolina and one in Southern Minnesota), the five-day Camps include hotel lodging, restaurant meals, local transportation, and expert skating instruction. Camp Rollerblade is based on the skate camps run by Zephyr since 2000.

"We know people are scared going in", says Wright. "Participants think they are too old, not coordinated enough, or simply not ready for five days of instruction. By the end of five days of fun and learning, however, most people wish the Camp was longer." See CampRollerblade.com for more details.

FreeSkateLesson.com

Zephyr’s owner Wright started the Free Skate Lesson program in 2003 with the help of three other certified instructors. The concept is simple. Recruit skating instructors to give away free lessons to encourage more people to take up the sport and stick to it.

Over two years, the Free Skate Lesson program received thousands of lesson requests. With the addition of Rollerblade as a prime sponsor this year, however, the program has made a significant change. Instead of offering lessons all over America by almost one hundred instructors, the program has consolidated to work only with top skate schools in eight large skating markets.

"In past years we tried to get national exposure for the program but didn't have national coverage by our instructors", says Wright. "In 2005, we will be able to focus our publicity efforts on the eight cities involved in the Free Skate Lesson program."

While lessons can be given at all skill levels, the program is mostly tailored to beginners. Free lessons consist of a 45-minute group session. People interested in the program can sign up for a free lesson online at FreeSkateLesson.com.

Skate in School®

Roller blade's Skate in School® is a program that provides inline skates and an instructional curriculum for schools. Developed in conjunction with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the program is at the forefront of new PE courses designed to both educate and provide life-long skills.

Having served more than one million students in 750 schools, the Skate in School ® program is probably one of the most successful programs in the inline industry. Schools (elementary through high school) purchase a reduced-price "fleet" of Rollerblade skates along with the Skate in School ® curriculum. Students are taught by their regular PE teachers, who can receive professional instruction themselves through the program.

For more information, visit SkateInSchool.com.

MarathonSkating.com

Zephyr Inline Skate Tours created MarathonSkating.com as the world’s first online marathon training program for inline skaters. The six-week course features content in five areas: skating technique, training programs, nutrition & hydration, strength & stretching, and marathon secrets. The program costs $70 but is free in 2005 to participants of the three largest US marathons: Northshore, Saint Paul, and Disney.

"Marathons are one of the biggest trends in the inline skating world but there is little training information out there", says Zephyr’s Wright. "MarathonSkating.com provides that information." Started in 2003, in two years the program has served 1,244 skaters, making it the largest inline skating training program in the country. For more information or to sign up, visit MarathonSkating.com


About Zephyr Inline Skate Tours
Zephyr Inline Skate Tours is a Montana-based company that has been running skate tours since 1997. In 2005, the company has 17 skating, biking, hiking, and multi-sport tours on its schedule. See ZephyrAdventures.com for more information. Rollerblade®, the world’s largest inline skating manufacturer, can be found on the web at Rollerblade.com.



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Related Web Sites
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  • FreeSkateLesson.com
  • SkateInSchool.com
  • MarathonSkating.com
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