How To Stop Properly
it's your first time, practice on the driveway, if you
think your good, practice at higher speeds.
- To stop at slower speeds, your body can be in just
about any position. For higher speeds though, your
braking leg should be extended almost fully and straight
ahead of you. Your other leg should be bent at the
knee. This helps you to put more pressure on the brakes,
by using your body weight and your legs more efficiently.
easiest, most preferred and most well used method
of stopping quickly is hitting the turf. If you can
aim for grass, you can blade comfortably to a stop
(pic #1). Just lean back a little bit when you
first hit the grass. Don't be nervous, because it
doesn't matter what speed you're going, it still works.
(We've skated down large hills on the grass going
extremely fast). Just make sure to practice at slower
in a circle is another good way to stop when there
isn't any grass around. This takes a bit of practice,
but is well worth it. You can turn quickly with both
feet facing forward, or in opposite directions. Just
make sure that your turns are very quick, and you
learn to do them at faster speeds. Just in case you
need to stop when going fast.
one blades wheels along the ground is very popular
among the tykes (pic #2), but is very destructive
to a skates wheels. If you can't balance on one foot,
try our Blading
Technique Tutorial first. If you can balance on
one foot, then it's as easy as slowly placing the
airborne foot down and getting used to the pressure
of the drag that you will be creating. Start slow
and work up to it.
Kamikaze move is a last resort, bail for life, leap
of faith. If you can't stop any other way, and you're
about to collide with certain destruction, the best
thing to do is bail out. Drop to stop. Yep, it's skin
suicide, but better than certain death. Do you ever
want to have to do this? No, but you'd better practice
just in case. The next time you're on the path going
a good speed, head for the grass as fast as possible
and when you reach it, bail onto the grass. Don't
forget to roll your body when you hit the ground.
It hurts allot less this way and hurts even less when
you have to perform this maneuver on pavement in a
pinball method is a way to stop if you're not going
too fast (pic #3). Basically, you grab hold
of any light pole. fence, mailbox, or large person
you can manage to get near. Two tips for this method
though. Don't be going fast when you try this. We
don't call it the pinball method for nothing. Plus,
make sure you don't grab a car to stop. You may go
for a longer ride than first anticipated.
Hockey method is exactly like stopping on ice skates.
This is for advanced skaters, but it can be done.
Do yourself a favor and if you're going to try this,
do it right in front of grass. If you mess it up,
you will hit the ground very hard.