For the 64th daily installment of Big Wheel Blading’s Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19 series we talk to Daniel Lefebre. Daniel is a 36-year-old inline skater and VFX artist for CG animation living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What steps did Canada take to battle COVID-19 and how are things there now?

Canada locked down everything pretty good, probably similar to a lot of other countries. Things are starting to get back to normal now, but the borders are still closed.

Were you skating during the lockdown?

During the height of the pandemic there were some pretty steep fines being handed out by the police for use of public spaces, so no, I was not skating. However, the lockdown is what incubated the hype to get back on my skates even more. I ordered a pair of THEM skates from Shop Task and by the time they arrived the public parks reopened, so now I’m finally skating again.

Where have you gone since getting your new skates?

My homie Luke found some nice ledges, so we had a street skate and then hit the skate park. I’ve made up my mind that I need to get out a couple times a week again to skate. 

Did you take a break from skating?

I did stop skating for a few years because of other life interests, but i don’t think i missed one VOD or Jump Street Podcast during that time. Its almost like I didn’t stop skating in that sense. I did miss actually skating though.

Are you doing any cross training?

I do weight training and running, but I need to get some big wheels and do some distance skating!

What other activities are you doing to occupy your time?

Hunting, fishing, snowboarding, gardening and working on my cabin as much as I can. I just loving being in Nova Scotia, Halifax is a decent sized city surrounded by forests and coastlines, so there is so much to do.

How has COVID-19 affected your normal everyday life?

I work from home now and as a result have been quite isolated. Thankfully I have my lovely fiancé to hunker down with and not too much has changed for us.

What are your major concerns right now and looking into the future?

I can’t find small Create Originals frames anywhere, I hope they make more.

How is your local skate community responding?

The Coronavirus snapped everyone out of the grind and back into the sport. It’s great to catch up with a lot of people who just want to skate and hang out again like old times. We keep our respectful distance right now, but it’s just good to see your old friends again.

Do you have anything you’d like to add?

Thanks for the spotlight, it was nice meeting you last summer on your road trip through the The Maritimes and hopefully again soon! Maybe Montreal this winter for some laps around Le Taz? Holler. Have fun everyone.


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