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
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! My favorite athletes are Tadej Pogacar, Tony Hawk and Sepp Kuss from Durango, Colorado
What do you love most about roller skating? The community! Roller skating has introduced me to some of my favorite humans