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Plastics were first used as a substitute for ice for skating in the 1960s. Synthetic ice rinks were made from materials such as polyoxymethylene plastic, developed by DuPont in the 1950s. In 1982, the first full-sized artificial rinks were produced with High-Density Plastics. They were completed using interlocking panels.

So, artificial ice has been around for a while. And, there were, of course, challenges skating on synthetic ice when it first came into existence.

Technological advances and higher quality products have resolved many of these challenges. Some, in reality, can make you a better skater for overcoming them.

With that said, if you are in the market for a high-tech, high-quality, synthetic ice rink, contact our staff at KwikRink. We can answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, let’s review how to ice skate on current, high-quality synthetic ice.

Use your regular skates

Whether they are figure skates or hockey skates, you will not need any unusual type of skate for use on artificial ice. Skates no longer dull as quickly with the latest synthetic ice technology.

Enhanced molecular structure and glide technology are essential to reducing friction which dulls ice skate blades. KwikRink’s latest formula finds that ideal combination of glide while still providing for just the right grip, creating the perfect conditions for skating.

This enhanced molecular structure and glide technology helps to cut down on friction and the need to resharpen skates as often as is needed with older, traditional quality synthetic panels.

Wear your regular clothes

Current self-lubricating panels require no topical sprays and do not ooze slip agent. No topical sprays or slip agents means no oily mess to stain clothes, costumes or uniforms.

Old assembly methods also meant flooring could move and slide over time. This movement would create gaps and uneven surfaces. New dovetail interlocking designs mean panels stay in place both horizontally and vertically. An even surface means nothing to catch or trip on, except, maybe your toe pick.

So go ahead and practice your butterfly saves or the closing move to your paso doble, no need to take special precautions with your clothing.

Skip the hats, scarves, wool socks, mittens, and parka

Synthetic ice does not require cold temperatures. So you could be skating anywhere from a traditional arena setting to a small in-home rink, to an expansive outdoor rink in the middle of summer.

You won’t need to wait until it is cold enough outside for the ice to freeze. No more being forced to practice when it is so severe or snowy that you won’t survive more than 20 minutes before needing a break in the warming house.

Leave the broom in the closet

No, we haven’t switched to the topic of curling — that was one of last month’s articles. Skating on inferior quality synthetic panels generates a considerable amount of abrasions and shavings requiring frequent sweeping of the surface.

With the latest technology, the panels are now self-lubricating, and the surface remains more intact, which means the broom doesn’t have to come out of the closet as often.

Leave the cleaners in the cabinet

Besides the broom, you can leave the cleaning products in the closet too. Higher quality products are designed to withstand the elements. No lubricants or topical sprays means the surfaces do not attract dirt and grime as quickly as older materials. Both have the effect of the rink staying cleaner, longer, as well.

An occasional mopping (or use of a floor scrubber on larger, outdoor rinks) will still be required, but KwikRink’s synthetic panels are designed to take the punishment of any hockey or figure skating regimen. Indoors or out, these rinks are designed to last up to a decade or more.

Practice all your regular moves

So, you can wear your regular skates, and you can wear your regular clothes, and yes, you can practice all your regular moves. From long glides to hockey stops, and spins to jumps off your toe pick, you can practice all the skills on synthetic ice.

It used to be that backward skating and transitioning were slowed down and unnatural on synthetic ice, but that is no longer the case. KwikRink’s 5th generation formula provides for 95% of real ice speed and a glide of up to 50 ft on one stroke.

Be prepared to become a stronger skater

Although KwikRink’s 5th generation formula provides for 95% of real ice speed, that does still mean that you will need to work a little harder to recover that last 5%. That, however, is a good thing.

The slight extra exertion required is like training with weights on, something almost every sports discipline uses. Training with weights builds extra muscle mass. Then, removing the weight will make repeating the same movement seem almost effortless.

Figure skaters may need to make the muscles work just a little harder to get up off the synthetic ice into that jump. That little extra work will then make them feel light as a bird when they return to real ice.

Hockey skaters may have to push just a little harder on a synthetic rink. But it will make them feel like they are wearing rockets when they start doing speed drills on the real ice rink.

Give it a try

If you haven’t skated on a synthetic rink recently, or ever, give it a try. Skate, drill, block, check, shoot, glide, spin, and jump just like on real ice.

When you’ve convinced yourself that it is a satisfactory alternative to real ice, check out KwikRink’s website. We’ve got tons of ideas on how to use synthetic ice rinks for commercial, residential, and rental applications.

Hockey Headquarters

Have you ever thought about installing an ice rink? If so, you have stumbled upon a great way to increase revenue. The ice rink industry has seen an annual percentage growth of 2.6%.

In 2019 alone, the annual revenue for the ice rink industry was 883 million dollars.

Unfortunately, traditional ice rinks are expensive to install, run, and maintain. If you are looking for an affordable alternative, look no further than KwikRink patented synthetic ice rinks.

KwikRink has been in the synthetic ice business for over 20 years. We are a family-owned and operated business. We are passonate about providing you with the most realistic experience you can get next to real ice.

Our artificial ice rinks can be a beneficial addition to your business. If you’re looking to add an extra revenue stream, consider an artificial ice rink from our synthetic ice.

Let’s go over some of the differences between real and synthetic ice.

Installation

For the installation of conventional ice, you need thousands of kilowatts of energy, thousands of gallons of water, and liters of gas. On top of that, the maintenance process of conventional ice rinks releases high levels of CO2.

To install a conventional rink, you need heavy machinery. One unfortunate side effect of all those machines and workers is the high noise pollution they inevitably bring. On top of that, installation takes about a week.

Conversely, the installation of our synthetic ice requires no heavy machinery, water, or gas. Plus, we can install your artificial ice rink in one day!

Maintenance

Artificial ice rinks are much easier to maintain than conventional ice rinks. You don’t even need a Zamboni because synthetic ice is fully lubricated and requires no topical sprays whatsoever.

For an indoor artificial ice rink, you will need to perform very little maintenance. If your arena is an outdoor one, you might need a little bit more effort to keep it in top shape.

You will need to clean your rink periodically. Good old soap and water, with a good mop, should do the trick. For a larger rink, a small floor scrubber can take the place of that Zamboni.

Simple maintenance and yet still expecting a life-span of up to a decade or more — that’s a win-win.

Growing Market

Ice skating rinks are a growing market. Let’s go over some of the most likely businesses that could benefit from the addition of an artificial ice rink.

  • Public Skating

Turn your unused space into a revenue stream. Install a KwikRink synthetic ice rink and charge admission. Any chance to draw in an untapped market is worthwhile.

  • Shopping Malls

Malls are already a destination. Families are drawn to places that have activities for everyone. Attract even more customers with an artificial ice rink.

  • Sports Facilities or Gyms

The average person craves variety in their fitness plan. No one likes to be limited to a treadmill or maybe an elliptical. Provide the types of fitness diversity your customers want with a synthetic ice rink. Offer hockey or skating themed group fitness classes.

  • Training Centers

Conventional ice rinks are expensive to install and maintain. Most training centers might not be able to afford one. Go with the next best thing and install a synthetic rink.

  • University Sports

Competition can be fierce in college sports. Give your team that much needed edge by installing a synthetic ice rink for practice and training drills.

    • Intramural

The budget for intramural sports for most students is often virtually non-existent. Synthetic rinks are a more cost-effective option. A KwikRink artificial ice rink will allow those intramural teams to play and practice their sports without breaking the bank.

    • Student Centers

Student centers are great gathering places for your student body. Students can hang out and network while working up a sweat. It is a good idea to give some variety to the activities you provide them. They will be grateful.

  • Youth Centers

If college students crave variety and excitement, that goes doubly for teenagers, it can be difficult finding ways to keep them engaged and entertained. Install a KwikRink synthetic ice rink and watch the smiles light up their faces.

  • Skating Clubs

With KwikRink’s patented technology providing you with over 90% of the glide of real ice, our synthetic rinks are a great way to add some extra practice space. Turn any wasted or unused space into more rink. It’s a win-win!

  • Hockey Clubs

Hockey clubs can also benefit from a KwikRink synthetic ice rink. Our rinks are great for strength training as it takes just a little bit more effort to glide and turn. Your players will notice the boost in power and strength from working out on synthetic ice.

  • Summer Camp

Without synthetic ice, an ice rink at a summer camp would be almost impossible. Our synthetic ice can be installed and kept at any temperature. Summer camps would be an ideal candidate for artificial ice.

  • Sporting Good Stores

Are you trying to find a way to boost your revenue? Increase sales on winter sporting equipment by installing a synthetic rink that allows your customers to try before they buy.

  • Fitness Clubs

Fitness clubs are often smaller than traditional gyms. Space constraints have made the previously unheard of idea of installing an ice rink a real option. Consider diversifying your offerings by offering a like-real ice skating experience.

  • Theatrical Programs

Theater programs are always looking for creative ways to offer the best viewing experience. Our synthetic ice rinks can be easily assembled and broken down. With KwikRink, your next winter show will be truly spectacular.

  • Community Centers

Turn your town into a winter wonderland any time of year. Offer ice skating or community hockey as just one more way to bring your community together.

  • Hotels

We think a hotel is an ideal place for one of our synthetic ice rinks. Consider turning your roof into a skate park. Make it an amenity for your guest and charge admission to the general public. Your rink will pay for itself in no time.

At KwikRink, we want to help you make your business the best it can be. Install one of our synthetic ice rinks today and watch your profits soar. Contact us for a free estimate.

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Are you tired of waiting for an available rink to get out there and practice your skills each week? Perhaps you are a coach waiting for your team to have enough time and space to get in more one-on-one training. A backyard ice rink can prove to be a fantastic investment and a whole lot of fun.

You’re not alone in your need for ice – right in the backyard. Let KwikRink provide you with a customized quote for your backyard rink today.

Is Your Back Yard Big Enough?

If you’re looking out your window and wondering if that seemingly small patch of grass is really enough to install an ice rink, don’t sweat it. In many situations, it’s possible to get a custom ice rink set up even in a small area. If it gives you enough space to practice goals or goalie skills, it’s worth it.

One stipulation of a backyard rink is to have enough flat space. You may not need to get out there with a level to make sure it’s perfectly flat, but synthetic ice requires a small, flat surface for assembly. Laying it directly onto the grass isn’t an option. The good news is KwikRink can help you with that!

What Can You Do on a Small Backyard Ice Rink?

Take a look out into your backyard. Imagine having a beautiful ice rink set up and ready to go. What could you do on it?

Run Practice Drills: Whether you are out there at 4 am on your own each morning, or you have a group of friends over, it’s easy to run drills on a backyard ice rink. No worries about anyone watching you, which is a fantastic benefit for those who are up against the competition in a traditional ice rink. You also can practice as much as you want.

Hit 100 Goals: If shooting goals is the biggest challenge for you, you can practice them now on your own time, over and over again. You can help your son or daughter with goal shooting in various environments with defenders at every corner. For those that need a bit of help with technique, this is an easy way to perfect your goal shooting.

Pee Wee Practice: With a bigger backyard ice rink, you can host your entire team’s practice. Get them out there after school each day. Because they don’t need a full-sized arena, you can teach so many skills on your time. While the big rink in the city may be able to only give you an hour or two a week for practice, in your backyard, you can practice as long as you want, as often as you want, when you want.

What If You Have a Big Backyard? Imagine the Possibilities

When you have enough space in your backyard for a full-size ice hockey rink, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples of what you could do with a bigger rink.

Get Ready for College Hockey: Perhaps you want to be the next person to make the ranks of Division 1 Hockey Records in the coming year. You’re good, but you need some help with technique. With a large, open backyard ice rink, there’s no stopping you from practicing and perfecting your skills.

Set Up a Bit of a Competition: Do you have another team that’s struggling to get in enough playing time before the season begins? Host a competition in your backyard hockey rink. You can do this to gain skill and practice in game-like conditions. Test out a few unique plays, or get your defenders on target before they hit the ice for their first real outing.

Perfect the Power Plays: Power plays are some of the most sought after of all types of hockey events. Power play goals make the game. It takes a lot of practice and hands-on learning though to get to this level. You also may want to practice more challenging scenarios, such as short-handed goals and assists.

Be the Envy of Your Neighborhood: Let’s face it – if you have a big backyard ice hockey rink, you are going to have a lot of fun with friends and neighbors. Host a competition between a few friends, or invite the entire neighborhood to test it out. That makes for an enjoyable bonding experience.

How to Make a Backyard Ice Rink Work

What’s outstanding about KwikRink is that you can create a residential ice hockey rink without a lot of difficulties. The company does it all for you. With 90% of real ice’s glide, KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a solid solution for a backyard rink. It’s designed to fit together just right to create the size and shape you need.

Custom backyard ice rinks are possible for most spaces. You may be able to install the ice rink for just a few months or keep it there throughout the year. You can even move it as you need to. The key here is that it gives you big hockey in your backyard! It’s also uncomplicated to maintain, so you do not have to worry about it breaking down after a few months of use.

If you’re not sure if you have enough space or enough flat space, let KwikRink help you figure it out. They offer adaptable solutions that fit most goals and space availability.

Could You Benefit from a Backyard Rink?

It all starts with an idea. Take a walk around your backyard, or your garage, driveway, patio, or any other open area you have. Get an idea of how much space you want to devote to this incredible experience. Once you have an idea of the types of skills you want to practice, and what features you would like designed, contact KwikRink. Learn about all of the options and find out just how flexible these rinks can be for residential areas. Contact us now to get a quote on a backyard ice rink.