Rollerblading, also known as inline skating, is a popular activity used for fitness and recreation. There are many ways to rollerblade, but aggressive inline skating is the discipline of performing tricks and stunts while wearing rollerblades. Grindside, a website for aggressive inline skating, says there are three basic types of tricks that can be performed, which are vert or ramp tricks, street tricks, and grinds.
Vert tricks are performed in a vertical ramp, half-pipe, or similar ramp. Drained pools were the original vert ramps and thus most vertical ramps and half-pipes are similar to an emptied swimming pool. The vertical sides provide speed for the skater and tricks are done after leaving the highest point of the wall and while in mid-air. Grindside says that spins, flips, and grabs are the most common tricks performed in a vert ramp. Spinning tricks are named based on the number of degrees the body spins at a time. For example, spinning around one complete time would be a "360". Back-flips and front-flips require the skater to flip their body along a horizontal axis at least once, backward or forward. The skater must have a lot of control as flips can be very dangerous. Grabs are the easiest of the vert tricks. While in the air, simply grab your skates one of several different ways - the front, back, or sides.
Street tricks are performed used mostly flat hard surfaces, but incorporating natural or man-made curbs, ledges, rails, and inclines. Many vert tricks, the spins, flips, and grabs, are adaptable street skating. There are many other street tricks such as wall riding and stair riding that can only be done in a street setting. To wall ride, find an area with two perpendicular flat surfaces, such as where the sidewalk runs along the side of a building. To complete the trick, skate along side of the wall, jump up and place the bottom of your skates on the wall, and when your momentum drops land back on the sidewalk and continue skating. Stair riding is when you are skating and you simply skate down a set of stairs, keeping your skates steady and dropping down the stairs, one by one.
Grinds can be performed in almost any skate setting including vert and street. Grinding is the act of sliding across a rail or smoothed surface. In a grind, the wheels of the skate are not used. There are many types of grinds based on what type of surface is used, which part of the skate makes contact with the surface, and the direction of sliding. To complete a grind, skate enough distance to pick up speed, jump up and place the desired part of the skate onto the surface, slide until speed is lost, and then land back on the ground. The Skatelog website says that in order to grind some surfaces, wax may be needed on the surface or special skating equipment may be used. Property owners may also install anti-skating or anti-grinding devices that need to be avoided.
Many aggressive inline skating tricks are dangerous and can lead to serious injuries if certain precautions are not taken, states Inline Online. Falling is a very common part of learning new inline tricks. Wearing protective gear such as a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards is the best way to prevent injury. Skaters also need to be aware of their limitations as a skater. For instance, beginner skaters should not attempt advanced tricks as they are likely to be unsuccessful and get injured.