From Feb. 23-25, the Royal Oak Modern Skate Park invites rollerbladers, trade companies and professionals to one of the biggest contests in the rollerblade community, Bitter Cold Showdown XII. All ages are welcome, but competitors under 18 must fill out a Modern Skate Park waiver and competitors are required to wear a helmet.

Starting Thursday, the rollerblade session will run from 9:30 p.m. to midnight for $7. The contest will continue on Friday with an industry meeting at 6 p.m., competitor practice and warm-up from 8-9:30 p.m., Bitter Cold Showdown qualifications from 9:30-10:30 p.m. and a late night session from 10:30-1 a.m. Saturday will begin with the official industry trade show from noon-3:30 p.m. The amateur Bitter Cold Showdown contest will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the professional contest at 6 p.m. The night will end with a final skate session from 9 p.m.-midnight. Admission is free for spectators on Friday, and $15 on Saturday.

The Bitter Cold Showdown was organized in 2011 by a group of bladers who wanted to strengthen and expand the rollerblading community. In 2009 it became a part of the World Rolling Series, which also focuses on the growth, global recognition and promotion of rollerblading. The Bitter Cold Showdown has become one of the largest events for sponsors, companies, professionals and rollerbladers to share and celebrate the passion of rollerblading.

Modern Skate & Surf has provided skate gear and accessories to the Metro Detroit area since 1979, with locations in both Royal Oak and Lansing. Modern Skate carries a large selection of products, including skateboarding, snowboarding, inline-skating and wakeboarding equipment. The Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak welcomes all ages and all skill levels. The park ranked No. 1 best skate park by Best of Real Detroit in 2010, so you’re guaranteed a skate thrill. Membership packages, protective gear rental, private and walk-in lessons and park rental packages are available. For more information on Modern Skate or Bitter Cold Showdown XII call (248) 546-7275.


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