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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: TSA and Skates
« Last post by Nate on October 17, 2017, 02:28:05 PM »
I know that I can't fly with skates in the cabin from Europe, but I seem to remember that TSA will allow figure skates in the cabin. Do you know if that works if leaving the US to go elsewhere in the world?
And do you have to remind the officials of anything when they spot figure skates in your carry on?

I've always checked them in whenever I've flown before, but am currently thinking of taking them as carry-on from the US. Can anyone clarify the rules for me?
I'll be flying out of either Newark or Philadelphia if that makes any difference.
Philly is not an issue.  I flew out of there with skates in my carry on.  They didn't even bat an eye.

I had one issue in an airport where they made me call someone to get them off me, cause I wasn't about to check them...  I complained to TSA and they apologized, stating the skates should have been allowed on board

The website clearly stated they were allowed...

Flying out of Philly will not be an issue.  I think the destination should be checked.

Yes, they're allowed, but if the TSA workers at your destination airport decide to have a fit about them, there is not much you're going to be able to do given you have to catch your flight...  Either you check them, or you have a relative/friend come get them and mail them to you.
Media Center / 1994 FS Scandal Biopic
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 17, 2017, 12:45:41 PM »
In December 2017, a biopic will be released called Tonya, exploring the 1994 figure skating scandal.  No big surprise - this story is revisited every year around Worlds or the Olympics. 

My DH thinks foam crowbars should be sold at all FS events because he's snarky like that.  I'm so over the story and its aftermath, but here's an interesting tidbit:  Tonya Harding is apparently getting back in shape (and even skating) for the premiere.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: TSA and Skates
« Last post by loopylape on October 16, 2017, 09:41:50 PM »
A wild idea which may not work - do you have a local tech who could do a simple blade remount if you remove the blades?  That way you could keep the boots with you and send the blades in the hold?

I've done that and it's worked well.
Oooo-great find!  (Note that it's for TESTING, not for competitions.  That's a whole other ball of wax.)

Seconded!  Thanks for posting!   :love:
The Pro Shop / Re: Anyone heard of Cale Carvell? Great blade prices!
« Last post by Sibelius on October 16, 2017, 03:36:23 PM »
I'll add my recent experience.  I was looking to get my little skater onto an intermediate blade sooner rather than later and I searched ebay and found he had the Eclipse Mist's at a bargain of $89 in 8 1/4, 8 1/2, and 8 3/4 sizes.  The Mist was closed out and replaced by the Aurora.  Same specs except for the Aurora is now in stainless steel.  I think it was Riedell's mistake trying to market the same blade as the Wilson Coro Ace and MK Pro at the same price.  The new stainless steel blade at least gives them something to sell against. So, the Mist's retailed at the same price, about $230 as the Ace, Pro and new Aurora.  Dan at Riedell said they were a bargain at what I paid.  I bought all 3 sizes, so she's set through size 4 Jacksons.

I can't buy boots online since my fitter refuses to work on them, but she was happy to mount the blades and they seem just about perfect for her.  So, I would definitely check ebay and Cale out in the future for blades at least.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Coolest Rinks in the World
« Last post by mamabear on October 16, 2017, 03:18:01 PM »
Great bucket list!  I've been to Somerset House but in the summer not the winter so no skating for us.  I'm curious on the French rink-it seems to have a separate area that was blocked off with permanent rails.  I wonder if that's for lessons? Beginners?  DJ?
The Pro Shop / Re: Sk8 Gr8 Designs - Videos
« Last post by Live2Sk8 on October 16, 2017, 11:03:30 AM »
Thank you, this is great!
The Pro Shop / Sk8 Gr8 Designs - Videos
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 16, 2017, 07:28:14 AM »
This is a skating dress design company and their YouTube channel has a lot of interesting videos about creating skating dresses.  Everything from matching fabrics to stoning details - fascinating!  Lots of tips and ideas.

The website is and includes a blog that's updated regularly.  They also send out an interesting monthly newsletter via email, which has slightly different content.  When you register for their newsletter, you receive a copy of their very-robust competition checklist.
The Pro Shop / Re: Spin Trainers
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 15, 2017, 12:59:32 PM »
I like the angle of this Edea Trainer Spinner video's footage:
The Pro Shop / Re: Blade care vs rust
« Last post by tstop4me on October 15, 2017, 08:24:54 AM »
New blades are being mounted.  Skate tech tossed me the screws that came with them and said she uses stainless steel.  So hopefully no more rusting screws.  Temp mounted today for fit and on ice evaluation, we'll pick them up tomorrow.
Hooray for your skate tech; all skate techs should do that.  It's a pity blade manufacturers don't supply stainless steel screws by default; they're fairly inexpensive, especially when purchased in bulk.
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