Staff Profile- Bella




Where can we find you on Instagram? @isabellamelita

Which Five Stride shop do you work in? Brooklyn

What is your history with roller skating & what type of skating are you into now? I learned to roller skate with Gotham Girls Junior Derby when I was 15. I spent 3 seasons with GGJD and was on the Northeast Junior Olympic team in 2016. After that, I aged out and joined Gotham Roller Derby, where I currently skate!

Tell us about your roller skate setups & gear that you love... 
For roller derby I use...
Boot: Semi-custom narrow Bont Hybrid Fiberglass in my home team colors
Plate: Roll Line Killer plate with Roll Line small hockey toe stops
Wheels: Radar Halo in 93a for most surfaces
Bearings: Super Reds
Accessories: I have a pair of blue Riedell toe guard strips that are somehow STILL holding on after 7 years. I love them!

For non-derby skating I use...
Boot: Brooklyn Skate Co. Murillo 340
Plate: Atom Pilot Falcon with Bionic Super Stoppers
Wheels: Radar Energy for street (65mm or 57mm) and Moxi Fundae for park
Bearings: Rollerbones

What is your favorite skate spot? The Gotham Crashpad. The Hudson River Greenway is also nice!

What's your favorite thing about working at Five Stride? I love watching people get excited about skates!

Tell us one fun fact about yourself that isn't related to roller skating! Outside of skating I also really enjoy bouldering.

What do you love most about roller skating? The community! Roller skating has introduced me to some of my favorite humans.