Ridin' Around Campus In Style
Photo and Story by Isaura Aceves
There are many ways to get by on campus: bikes, skateboards, scooters and even roller skates. These days, it is guaranteed you’ll see the Cal State Rollers skating to class in four-wheel skates. The co-ed roller skating club here on campus started in the spring of 2016 and welcomes anyone who’s interested in skating, no experience necessary.
Founder and president Kitanna Somera, skating name Killa, started the club after looking for a group where she could skate and learn from others and coming up with nothing.
Victoria Hurtado-Angulo, skating name Slic Vic, joined the club one year ago and really enjoys that the club allows her to interact with other experienced skaters. “As soon I joined the club, I already knew I’d fit in because there’s just a variety of people with different experience with roller skating,” she says.
Then there’s the fashion element, which on the Cal State Rollers, varies from a vintage look to a more practical, sporty look. “I was always told when you [skate] you have to dress up racy because roller skating by itself is flashy,” Slic Vic says. “You have to have a flow with the whole outfit.”
But there is no right or wrong in roller skating fashion. For some, it’s just what they feel comfortable with. It can also be an opportunity to dress up and express themselves when they usually can’t without the skates.