Aggressive skating is an extension of rollerblading, but with a bit more edge. Aggressive skaters jump gaps, grind rails, leap into vert ramps and bowls, and do many other things that traditional in-line skates can’t handle. For that reason, specially-designed aggressive skates are available that can take the abuse an aggressive skater can dish out. Unfortunately, these skates do not come equipped with brakes because they are a potential hazard when doing dangerous tricks. You can stop on aggressive skates by executing a move known as the “T-Stop.”
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Things you need
- Inline skates
- Large flat area to practice
Skate forward in an area that will provide a bit of room for practicing. A slow, gentle roll is ideal for learning to stop, as there aren’t any major consequences should the stop fail.
Shift your weight onto your stronger leg. You can learn which leg is stronger by trying to glide for long distances on one leg—whichever leg you are most comfortable skating on is your stronger leg.
Move your other leg just behind the leg you are skating on and place the wheels on the ground perpendicular to your front leg. Your skates should make a “T” or “L” shape when this is executed, and your rear skate wheels should be dragging lightly on the ground.
Apply pressure with your rear foot and your skate wheels will act as a brake, slowing you down. Be sure to keep your weight forward on your strong leg to keep your balance.
Practice the “T-Stop” at slow speeds for a while, and as you get comfortable, increase your speed.
Tips and warnings
- It helps many skaters to simply drag their rear foot instead of applying pressure when they’re learning this stopping method. This helps build comfort when gliding on one leg and helps build muscle memory in your body.
- Always wear protective gear when skating. Nothing sidelines a skating hobby like a bad injury, so keep yourself safe with a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads.
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