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.

 Skating has become one of the few sports that Alejandra Ceceña, skating name AU, really likes. For her, roller skating fashion is just whatever you feel good in; her aesthetic is a combination of cute and mobile. Her outfits stem from her cheetah print skates, which are an important part of the look.

Skating has become one of the few sports that Alejandra Ceceña, skating name AU, really likes. For her, roller skating fashion is just whatever you feel good in; her aesthetic is a combination of cute and mobile. Her outfits stem from her cheetah print skates, which are an important part of the look.

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.

 Killa has been skating for years and gravitates toward the classic vintage pin-up look on skates. Roller skating started in the ’50s, and a lot of the fashion has inspired modern skaters. She’s currently wearing the classic pin-up hair with flowers, the classic red lip and the high-rise shorts that embody that vintage look. Outside of the skates she has a more casual style, so this is a chance for her to dress up. Of course, where she skates impacts what she wears, but she does love the feeling of twirling on skates in dresses.

Killa has been skating for years and gravitates toward the classic vintage pin-up look on skates. Roller skating started in the ’50s, and a lot of the fashion has inspired modern skaters. She’s currently wearing the classic pin-up hair with flowers, the classic red lip and the high-rise shorts that embody that vintage look. Outside of the skates she has a more casual style, so this is a chance for her to dress up. Of course, where she skates impacts what she wears, but she does love the feeling of twirling on skates in dresses.

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.

 Skating is Slic Vic’s life; the adrenaline and freedom to explore with skates is essential for her. Roller skating fashion is a collaboration of body motion and tricks with whatever you’re wearing. On skates, she loves dressing extravagantly and with lots of bright colors. The way she would describe how she dresses on skates is something she’d wear to a party—almost as a more feminine alter ego of herself. She’s pictured wearing a “clash of cultures” with an ’80s vibe—from her David Bowie shirt to her handkerchief and colorful high socks.

Skating is Slic Vic’s life; the adrenaline and freedom to explore with skates is essential for her. Roller skating fashion is a collaboration of body motion and tricks with whatever you’re wearing. On skates, she loves dressing extravagantly and with lots of bright colors. The way she would describe how she dresses on skates is something she’d wear to a party—almost as a more feminine alter ego of herself. She’s pictured wearing a “clash of cultures” with an ’80s vibe—from her David Bowie shirt to her handkerchief and colorful high socks.

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.”

 Dejah Rodriguez, skating name Blazing Battles, has been a part of the club since the beginning. She was the former treasurer and has been skating since she was 4 years old. She takes a more athletic approach to roller skating fashion. As a lifelong athlete, she likes wearing form fitting compression pants for agility, which help engage her muscles. On top, she tends to go for a looser fit to prevent excessive sweat, but also tries to be more expressive. She likes to incorporate accessories such as bandanas or even goggles.

Dejah Rodriguez, skating name Blazing Battles, has been a part of the club since the beginning. She was the former treasurer and has been skating since she was 4 years old. She takes a more athletic approach to roller skating fashion. As a lifelong athlete, she likes wearing form fitting compression pants for agility, which help engage her muscles. On top, she tends to go for a looser fit to prevent excessive sweat, but also tries to be more expressive. She likes to incorporate accessories such as bandanas or even goggles.

 Ruby DeSimone, skating name Rad Ruby, is a transfer student and has been part of the Cal State Rollers for a semester. She says it’s been a really fun experience for her to have a supporting community that can she always lean on as she’s only been skating for about a year. Rad Ruby leans more toward the athletic look, with workout gear and knee-high socks. She loves incorporating a pop of color in her clothing, but also prioritizes mobility. She always skates with braids to prevent her hair from getting in her face and loves wearing her Steven Universe hat. Her favorite thing to skate with is her sparkly fanny pack.

Ruby DeSimone, skating name Rad Ruby, is a transfer student and has been part of the Cal State Rollers for a semester. She says it’s been a really fun experience for her to have a supporting community that can she always lean on as she’s only been skating for about a year. Rad Ruby leans more toward the athletic look, with workout gear and knee-high socks. She loves incorporating a pop of color in her clothing, but also prioritizes mobility. She always skates with braids to prevent her hair from getting in her face and loves wearing her Steven Universe hat. Her favorite thing to skate with is her sparkly fanny pack.

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.

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