Skip navigation! If you saw Whip It and were immediately inspired to pick up your own skates and join your local roller derby league, you weren't the only one. We followed Thunders — her chosen derby name — with cameras in tow to get a sense of what it's really like to be a derby girl. Is it as intense as it seems? As cool as it seems? Yes, and yes. But don't be fooled into thinking that chaos necessarily means violence.