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12507 Sunset Avenue, Building 9, Ocean City MD 21842
Began in skating as an skate instructor, traveling across the country meeting sport influentials. This is when the skating took stride in early 90s. Opened up a skate school along boardwalk in Ocean City MD, then offered rentals. Customers trusted us and wanted to buy from us so we started to sell skates, turning a small beach apartment into a store in the mid 90s. Product lines expanded. Then, a skater from Singapore contacted us wanting to buy our products. He loved our products and service, so he created and maintained a site for Skatestop for no charge. Since then, we have a new site, and sell products from our retail and warehouse location in Ocean City Maryland. We offer sales, rentals, and lessons to locals, and focus on personalized, trusted service, with lifelong dedicated support on anything you buy.
Established in 1995, by a lifelong skater. Began skating in 1993, and became certified as a skate instructor 3x in 1994 by a now defunct certifying body called the IISA. Was a student to certification programs in Atlanta, Minnesota, and California. Arguably, the only certified skate instructor whom is certified 3x worldwide. Certified and taught by the skate pioneers such as Dean Kaese etc, and was certified in class with skate advocate Mike Wilson. When in Minnesota, regarding inline skating, was a part of the discussion about what to call the sport because it is being called "Rollerblading" by so many, and that could destroy the meaning of the company called Rollerblade, making it confusing such as Kleenex and its manufacturer. The result was a decision to strictly call it "In-line Skating" in all references made to students learning the sport and educating all that we come in contact that it is not called Rollerblading. Attended many trade shows with an skate presence in Atlanta GA(SGMA), and California. Regarding inline skating, attended Camp Rollerblade in Santa Rosa California, and went through the aggressive skate camp being taught by inline pioneers Arlo Eisenberg, Chris Edwards, Brook Howard Smith, Chris Mitchell, Opalek, Jill Schultz (main skater, along with Chris Edwards, in the first aggressive video ever "Dare to Air"daughter of Snoopy creator Charles Schultz). Taught inline skating to groups of 20-30 for Wilburgers Ski Shops outside of Philadelphia. Was selected from 30 instructors to teach Philadelphia notable news anchor Scott Palmer how to skate. Taught many others including owners of prominent Philadelphia newspapers. Taught most lessons at the Art Museum steps (Where Rocky ran in the movies). Coincidentally, being very skilled at skating down the entire Art Museum steps backwards! Frontwards is more difficult although I can do it, once I fall a couple times first. Was featured in the South Philly Review with an article on me and my dedication to the sport of inline skating. Was also interviewed for a full hour Q & A on Sunday morning on Q-102 FM Philadelphia discussing a multitude of questions on inline skating, being respected as a pioneer in the industry. Opened up a skating retail location in Ocean City MD, offering lessons, rentals, sales & service. Was so successful began to do a weekly skating tips section in the local newspaper the Beachcomber for several years, along with a profile of the new business Skatestop back in early 1995. Running exciting ads at a feverish pace every couple minutes with Ozzy Ozbourne music promoting skating, rentals were so successful as many as 50 skates were out at a time, and the sport was in full stride. Doing lessons along the beach was an hourly occurrence, and they were never enough skates within inventory for rentals and sales. Just about everyone had to try it. It was a lifestyle for some, and a fad for some others back in 1995. Years later, the core skater is still here, and it has become a niche sport that has a very loyal following. Began offering products online in 1995. Miraculously, Skatestop was contacted by a young man in Singapore whom heard the we had the products he was looking for. We had many discussions with this skater and many orders from him, to which he believed strongly in Skatestop. He offered to create a website for us free of charge! We had not been online at that time, and we took him up on the offer. It was a simple but effective site that did generate business. Because we had to email him each time to make a website change, we thought it was unfair to have him continue to work on it, when we could afford to create our own site. We then created our own site through a website developer in California. The website at the time was cutting edge and worked very well for many years. We became one of the top volume dealers for several main skating brands due to our products, service, and prices. We also developed many relationships with young skaters who were in there teens. These relationships led to them calling us just to say hi, and talking about personal things, we became supporters of the skaters. We didnt mind talking as long as the skaters wanted. We became a core shop with our product mix, loyalty to the customer, and service. However, after many years, there were many new entrants in the skating arena. In additon, the website became old and antequated looking based on comments from customers. We now have a new website with some helpful search features not present on the older site. We have many contacts within the skating industry and a reputation of honesty, and integrity. We have been in the skate business so long now that those kids that were 13 years old when we started in 1995, are now are 29, with potentially 8 year old kids if they had them when they were 21. We are happy to service customers from multiple generations and take pride that it reflects our longevity and dedication to the sport. We have always come through with vendors and customers alike in the skating industry down and resolve ourselves to make sure every customer and vendor is satisifed. It doesnt matter how long before or after the sale, we will in the end make it right for every customer and vendor. We have since had 2 brick and mortar inline skate and skateboard shops in Maryland to service the local population. Thank you for your support.