Ice Skating has become more popular as several different ice sports are televised on a number of TV channels. Many large towns and cities have large, permanent ice skating shops that are situated near, or attached to the purpose built rinks. Apart from leisure skaters, these can also be used to host competitions in the various disciplines.
Each ice skating sport such as ice hockey, figure skating or short track racing events all require different blades and equipment, and the independent and specialist ice skating shops whether traditional or online will all keep a great selection of stock. Outdoor ice skating on frozen lakes, ponds or rivers may also require different equipment such as knee and elbow pads, wrist guards and helmets. There are many different brands of ice skates such as Riedell, Jackson, Edea or Graff and each offers a great choice of fittings, sizes and colours.
Most ice skating shops, whether online or bricks and mortar, will have dedicated and knowledgeable staff to help answer any customers queries about equipment or clothing – especially when important safety equipment is required for fast and furious action like ice hockey. Often they will also be able to put customers in touch with clubs or associations for information about their chosen ice skating sport.