Paradise Roller Girls: Need We Say More?

Paradise Roller Girls: Need We Say More?

Just over a year and a half ago, we reported on a few brave wahine who had launched a flat-track roller derby team on Oahu, which was then mirrored by like efforts on Maui and Kauai. We can say with confidence that said article garnered some of the most feedback of any we’ve received in recent memory (yes it was mostly from inquisitve, slightly creepy guys). But alas, the ladies of Hawaii Island were not to be left out: The Big Island’s “Paradise Roller Girls” will debut at their first derby on Saturday, November 27, in Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, doors open at 5:00 p.m.

The “Faires vs. Scaries” bout features more than 60 “thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town”, according to their own release. These feminine “warriors on wheels” have been practicing several times per week throughout East Hawaii.

"The sports that most women participate in don't require knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet and a mouth guard," said Paradise Roller Girl's president, Meg “Megative” Premo. "But don't let that scare you. Derby is a fantastic, physical outlet for women, and fun for the whole family to watch."

Derby girl bouts take place around an oval flat track (unlike the angled, steep tracks of yore) and whip their team mates through a tight pack of opponents eager to knock them down, and prevent the lead jammer from scoring points. Derby girls choose clever personas (Fisty Kristy, BamBooHoo, Avatart, Devil'd Meggs, and Noella DeVille are some of PRG's monikers) and they dress the part.

"Derby empowers women. Our league has even banned the word 'sorry.' If someone says sorry at a practice, they have to drop and give us five push-ups for each offense," says Megative.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, at local outlets including CD Wizard, Hilo Burger Joint, and Mountain View Village Video, or from your favorite derby girl.

For more info, go to www.paradiserollergirls.com.

"Derby empowers women. If someone says 'sorry' at a practice, they have to drop and give us five push-ups for each offense," says Megative.