How cool is skating? You get to navigate your way through congested parks with ease, the wind rushing through your hair, the cool skating attire you have on. You get that look of approval from passersby when you display your awesome tricks and stunts, and even impress the girls with your cool moves! Yes, it’s definitely worth it, if you do it the right way. Being an extreme sport, roller skating does have its great side and its not so great side. If you are a beginner, there are a few tiny little tips you should probably know before hitting the road. But, with the proper orientation you can totally “get rolling” in no time.
Helmet, Pads, Go!
Safety first, that’s definitely what you want to consider when starting on a new skating adventure. The proper and safest way to get started is to suit up. Get a helmet to protect your head, some elbow and knee pads for a cushioned landing in case of a fall, and lastly and most importantly, get an awesome pair of roller skates.
Skating is basically all about balance. You have to bring your center of gravity a little lower than usual in order to achieve balance and the perfect skating posture. So in practical terms, what this means is squatting. When squatting, your balance increases and you can easily propel yourself forward with each leg by kicking backwards.
The first step in skating is to take little steps forward with both your legs in a V-shape; almost imitating the movement of a duck. The purpose of the V-shape is to prevent you from sliding backwards or forwards involuntarily, especially when you are standing on a slope. Do the V-shaped walk until you master your balance then take little glides while in a squat position, that is with your knees bent at an angle.
The Stop Technique
While building momentum on the road, it is necessary to know the stop techniques for safety reasons. The two major tricks to reduce motion or come to a stop are called the T-trick and the V-trick.
The T-trick is probably not the best option for beginners, but it’s worth sharing for you fast learners out there. To use this technique, you should be able to glide on just one foot for a couple of meters. The brake on every skate is located on the back of the right roller skate. The trick is to slowly bring one skate behind the other until one skate is perpendicular to the other forming a T-shape.
This trick is ideal for when you are skating at a slow speed. You simply need to bring your ankles together to form a V-shape facing forwards or bring your toes together to form a V-shape backwards. The collision of the skate wheels will slowly bring the skates to a stop.
Remember: the real learning is done by practicing regularly on your balance, your brakes, your turns and your tricks. This is the perfect way to master the art of roller skating.