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The freestyle sessions must be fun to watch.

Even the publics are a bit pricy. But perhaps many people who can afford to live in LA wouldn't notice.

In contrast, the rink I skate at most no longer has any world class skaters or coaches. :( We never had that many.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: New Sydney rink "Ice Zoo"
« Last post by RoaringSkates on Today at 07:23:02 PM »
In the US, some rinks have bars, but not ON the rink or alongside it. They're upstairs or similar. Two of those I skate at have these. They overlook the ice. One of them near me has fantastic BBQ, actually. And they serve local beers. Which I only drink AFTER skating.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Club jackets
« Last post by Doubletoe on Today at 02:04:51 PM »
Our club gives us competitor jackets free of charge if we register for a qualifying event (Championship Silver, Championship Gold, etc.) at our adult sectionals competition.  I wear it with pride.
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I think they are mostly local coaches.  People move from all over the world to train at that facility year-round.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: New Sydney rink "Ice Zoo"
« Last post by nicklaszlo on Today at 05:39:31 AM »
A pop-up rink in Melbourne is offering a free vodka with each public skate.

I do not think Ice Zoo in Sydney ever got their on-ice bar.  Probably the government said no.  They do have a liquor license, though.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Christy on July 24, 2017, 02:53:06 PM »
I'm over in the UK and I forget what the exchange rate is at the moment (it's diabolical) but going by the historic one of about $2: £1, the costs are fairly similar.
But it's quite nice to see that the pricing is reasonably comparable.

$2 is around £1.50 at the moment
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Looking at the ISI site, I noticed that at least one rink has hired many amazingly high level coaches for their 5 day summer camp (last session starts today; there is a lower level camp (beginners to axels) starting 7/31/17):

  http://www.toyotasportscenter.com/page/show/32461-camps

You will spend over $500! - but it might be fun...

But look at the private lesson prices for the elite coaches: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0116/6687/Follow_Up_Packet.pdf

Wow...

I guess the LA area has a fair number of figure skaters with money to burn.

If you do too, perhaps the best coaches might already be booked - maybe you should wait til next year.

Are there other workshops or camps that can afford so many high level people?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Special skates for synthetic ice
« Last post by Leif on July 24, 2017, 07:21:26 AM »
For Hockey

This is so weird.

I'm probably telling you what you already know, so apologies if that is the case, but synthetic ice wears out skate edges much quicker than real ice, and it is more tiring to skate on. These wheels partially solve that problem, namely for forwards and backwards skating. Obviously when doing a hockey stop the wheels will wear out quicker, maybe much quicker since there is less surface in contact with the ice. I guess something similar holds for figure skating turns and other moves. Does he say how often they need to be sharpened?

My concern on seeing these is safety. What happens if you skate over someone's hand with these on?
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by tstop4me on July 24, 2017, 06:18:59 AM »
If the injury occurred on ice, or as a result of ice skating, you should include all costs related to handling the injury.
But then you should also subtract all the costs you didn't incur because you maintained an overall higher level of physical and mental health via regular skating. 
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by tstop4me on July 24, 2017, 06:13:12 AM »
But I started to feel a lot better about it when I began ballroom dance. Now THAT'S an expensive sport. So much so that I can't afford to compete. Period. End of story. I can go to adult nationals AND sectionals AND do several local competitions each year AND also take tap dance AND pay for my coaching and ice time for less than nationals in ballroom. So now, I don't feel so bad.

Yes, I found that out last year when my wife and I signed up for ballroom dance lessons.  With the large franchise dance studios, it's difficult to breakdown the costs, because they package a bundle of private lessons, group lessons, and open practice sessions.  But a first-order estimate indicated it cost more than figure skating.  With my figure skating, overall I feel that I'm getting proper value for what I'm paying.  With ballroom dancing, I always had the sneaking suspicion that I was getting taken for a ride.

I later found a listing for an independent dance instructor who offerred services a la carte.  His private instruction rate is $100/hr; my skating coach charges $90/hr.

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