News 8 Eye Piece: Walking in Circles

In the La Crosse area, there are many ways to enjoy the beauties of nature. 

In this week’s Eye Piece, Photographer John Schmidt introduces us to a group that soaks up the scenery in their own very unique way.

“It’s as easy as falling off a log. That’s all it takes. Kids could start as young as four years old and be into their fifties and sixties,” said Katie Rick from Three Rivers Roleo.

“With the beginners and the adults, we really focus more on the basics. What does our body position look like, where do our arms go, how do our feet move? And it is, typically, easier to learn as a kid because your center of gravity is lower which means you have more forgiveness when you take a missed step.”

Rick said, “it’s an individual sport, so these students that are out there, even the young professionals, you’re working on individual focus on a very small surface. And so it takes an intensity to focus. If your mind wanders, even for a split second, you’re in the water.”

“I mean, it’s a lot of fun, it just takes a lot of practice and the longer that you stick with it, the better, obviously that you’re going to get in it,” said competitor Kody Koblitz.

If you would like to try it out for yourself, the La Crosse Area YMCA has classes indoors for rollers of all skill levels.