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Top skating tips

Postby Steve » Thu May 17, 2007 2:21 pm

This thread will be a holding place for all the most useful information. Please post your suggestions to this thread and those deemed appropriate will be added to the main post.

Street skating
    * How to cohabit the roads safely with HGVs. Cycling article but relevant to skaters - Link
    * Be aware of the 'door zone' - Link

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby ironlungs » Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:16 pm

aggressive skating tip: fear is your worst enemy, realize you will fall, but it won't hurt as bad as you think, and when you have your first bad fall (ie off a ledge, low rail etc. not rolling along or so) you'll realize it's not that bad

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Domsablos » Tue May 06, 2008 1:23 am

Overcoming your fear of falling applies to all aspects of improving at skating not just agressive.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Malev » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:46 am

Nice article on not undertaking.

I must say skaters seem to garner the lowest amount of respect on the roads. Less so even than cyclist.
Many cars give you much less space when overtaking you than if you were on a pushbike.
I've been looked in the eye and then pulled out on from the left.
I can be simply skating to work on the left side of the road just where a cyclist would be and cars feel they must beep beep me as they pass.

On the pavement I am scum, on the road I am scum.....*sighs*

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Miss Ash » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:18 pm

ironlungs wrote:aggressive skating tip: fear is your worst enemy, realize you will fall, but it won't hurt as bad as you think, and when you have your first bad fall (ie off a ledge, low rail etc. not rolling along or so) you'll realize it's not that bad


Yeah... that's what I thought until I flew over a fun box cos I was going too fast and landed on my tailbone on the downside of the ramp.
Missed the platform bit completely. Literally flew over. Doh.
And yes, I had full protection on from helmet to bum pads.
Suffered for a year and ever since then I've been a wuss on skates.

Not to mention almost all of my mates getting knee, shoulder surgeries and broken bones all over.
Admire the one guy who was still grinding with both arms in casts!

Oh and what about the time I was riding stairs and flattened my friend who was at the bottom of the stairs.
She insisted on "catching me" in case I fell over. She ended up with a light concussion, never been the same since. :?

No more trying new things for me.
Sunday Stroll is good enough for me.
I don't think I'll ever get over "fear". Sob.

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Duncan Clarke » Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:34 pm

Just a thought, but as this thread never really took off, is it really worth keeping it as a sticky?

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Dan B » Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:13 am

Top skating tip: don't ask for skating advice on serpentineroad.com

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Naomi » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:56 pm

Duncan Clarke wrote:Just a thought, but as this thread never really took off, is it really worth keeping it as a sticky?
good point, am looking into unstickying or a refurb...

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby dead4sure » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:28 pm

would be nice if there was some actual guides for stuff like slalom! i really want to get into it but i have no idea where to start! There's a fair few pros on here as i understand so maybe people could write mini guides?

just an idea... :)

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Bella83 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:25 pm

try looking at skatefreestyle for slalom

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby dead4sure » Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:45 pm

excellent cheers :lol:

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby atlsk8r » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:06 pm

While your at SkateFreestyle.com, you can check out information regarding Naomi Grigg Freestyle workshops and retreats. Taking one of her workshops would probably be quickest/easiest introduction to the sport.

There are some individual trick tutorial videos on YouTube (some from Naomi, some from others), but it is still much easier if you can learn some of the fundamentals of freestyle either from talking to experienced slalomers or taking lessons.

I don't know of any for sale videos on slalom, but there are rumors that someone is working on a book . . .

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby dead4sure » Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:16 pm

yeah unfortunately i don't have a lot of cash atm and i live down south so once i've gotten competent on my new skates i'd probably consider getting lessons! i do agree though learning from other people is almost always the best way to learn most things!

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Nati » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:31 pm

My skating tip: avoid fresh tarmac (I clearly remember spitting it out was not that pleasant)

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Cedy » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:26 pm

ditto, and gravel (especialy the one near Marble Arch) when you skate at it full speed.

My skate advice is: Look where you're going and look out parked cars on the left, if you happen to hit it unknowingly, your glasses won't be on the floor, try look on the roof of the car. Also your lip will be swollen for a week or two.
- Always signal clearly with your hands,
- Make eye contact with drivers and go with the flow.
- Try to analyse what is going on around you all the time and keep your sight ahead so you know what to expect in the next 30 seconds.
- Always let pretty girls cross the road before you, they rule the world and if they like skaters, everyone will.

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby ld50 » Sat May 22, 2010 5:55 am

It isn't recommended to skate hills - or at all, for that matter - while drunk or dizzy from the flu. I learned the latter today.

Cedy wrote:they rule the world

*shakes head* You're in a time out.

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby ono » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:04 pm

If you skate with a empty coffee cup in your right hand cars give you more space when they pass.

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby Look no Skywater » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:23 pm

Not as much as they give you if you are carrying a hockey stick

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby courtartanis » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:49 pm

Look no Skywater wrote:Not as much as they give you if you are carrying a hockey stick



Sorry for the necro, but i love this answer xD

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Re: Top skating tips

Postby ld50 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:21 pm

I've been skating with an aluminum LED flashlight - that looks like it could be used as a weapon - lately to help with visibility and cars seem to fuck with me far less than usual. :D


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