Central Coast living means giving up the snow and ice. But you can still strap on the skates and roll around the rink in Santa Maria.
Inside the Central Coast Sports Arena, you don't need mittens or a scarf. Instead, just some friends, a few dollars, and a willingness to get back up if you tumble.
"We're seeing a big comeback in roller skating in general," Tobin Flann said, owner and operator of the Central Coast Sports Arena. "Which 10 years ago you didn't see that. It's really exciting trying to bring back the old school quad skating and jamming, getting back to the beat and vibe of the music which creates vibrancy here."
The arena is the last best place for roller skating here on the Central Coast.
Located in the heart of Santa Maria, the arena holds everything from roller hockey leagues for both youth and adults, to open skate for all ages.
Arcade, air hockey, disco balls, light shows, and limbo gives weekends at the Central Coast Sports Arena a throwback feel to them.
"The rink's important for our community because it gives our kids to try something different," Flamm said. "It's not as exciting to walk around a football field in circles. It's a lot different when you have something different on your feet that you haven't done or experienced before."
Free skate is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. It costs $10 for admission and $2 for skate rental.
You can learn more at the arena's website here.