November 4, 2005

Derby Days are back again

By J.D. Hawk

Disco died, parachute pants plummeted, and bowl haircuts have been “square” for a long time. But no matter how many times Roller Derby leaves the public eye, it inevitably pops up again and again and again. The latest outbreak has now erupted at San Diego’s Skateworld in Linda Vista.

Roller Derby, for those either too young or too cultured to acknowledge knowing about it, is kind of like NASCAR mixed with judo minus the cars — plus roller skates. But other contact sports have also been compared to it. “This is probably close to football,” said T-Stop Trixie, 36, a member of the San Diego Derby Dolls, San Diego’s new roller derby team.

Meet the San Diego Derby Dolls, San Diego’s new roller derby team.

Girls in fishnet stockings race around a track trying to lap each other while others try to knock them down. ”That’s about all you need to know,” said Bonnie D. Stroir, the founder and asst. coach of San Diego Derby Dolls.

It is a draw for those seeking blue-collar fun, watching sexy broads racing at speeds up to 30 mph beating the devil out of each other. With names like Broadzilla, T-Stop Trixie, Crystal Deth, Bonnie D. Stroir, and Fighty Aphrodite, theatre is a big part of the equation. But Bonnie D. Stroir stresses that this latest incarnation of roller derby will not be staged like past versions. “When you go to see a game, you’ll see pure athletcism, and it really commands respect.” Respect in fishnet stockings, that is.

Derby Dolls is actually the name of a league of what will eventually become four separate teams in San Diego, just like their Los Angeles counterparts. In fact, Bonnie D. Stroir, 24, is also a member of the L.A. Derby Dolls. She decided to create a league here in San Diego because she lives in Oceanside and points out that all other major cities in the country have roller derby teams. She’s also a barber by day - an impressive achievement for anybody that young. “Oh you.”

The age of the ladies range from early 20s to late 30s. T-Stop Trixie is actually 36 years old and began practicing with the Derby Dolls just six weeks after having a C-section surgery performed on her. “She’s one of the best players. She’s take-no-prisoners brutal,” Bonnie D. Stroir said about T-Stop. “Wow, is she really that old?”

Yes she is, but she neither looks like it nor acts like it.

The Derby Dolls cannot defend the honor of San Diego without help, though; they do need money. They are holding a fundraiser on Nov. 10, from 8 to 10 p.m. at their base-camp, Skateworld in Linda Vista. For a few dollars you can adopt a derby doll, skate around with them and ask them about their lives. Do they prefer Fruit Loops or Cheerios?

They need to raise $60,000, according to Bonnie D. Stoir, for a banked track. A banked track is sort of a warped-looking, up-and-down skating track that is needed. The track will be placed in a warehouse that is yet to be determined, but Bonnie D. Stroir would like somewhere in downtown San Diego. The track will also be built be the Derby Dolls themselves according to Drama Mia, a part-time boxer, skater and publicist. ”By day I wear a suit, by night I wear roller skates.”

Drama Mia said that even her boxing doesn’t compare with the adrenaline rush of roller derby. “In boxing you can see what’s coming. Nobody sneaks up from behind and you’re not on wheels.”

Nor do boxers run around the ring at 30 mph.

“It gets kind of scary sometimes when you get going pretty fast and you have to stop and you’re surrounded by 10 girls. What do you do? Somebody falls in front of you, you’ve got to jump over her or take the risk of hurting her or hurting youself.” Drama Mia said. ”Running her down, running over her finger, or kicking her. In boxing, you have gloves on.”

If you are a female between the ages of 21 and 100, you can also use this fund-raising opportunity on Nov. 10 to introduce yourself to the Dolls and possibly become a Derby Doll yourself. The Derby Dolls are still looking for more athletes, but for all you girly-girls out there just looking for attention, take fair warning: “We all like to look hot and dress up, but that’s not the main focus. It’s a sport,” said Drama Mia. “Be prepared because you’re eventually going to get injured at some point. You got to be a tough girl.”

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