Roller skating can be a challenging sport and it gets more thrilling when you are able to exhibit some cool tricks. Trying to perform skating tricks will improve your balance and let you discover your skating potential.
There are no formulas on how to learn skating tricks quickly. All you need to do is to practice and mastery should follow.
We have here some basic roller skating tricks to try out. When trying these, see to it that you have with you all the necessary safety gear like elbow and knee pads and of course a helmet.
- Does skating forward seem easy? How about trying it backwards?
In skating parks, skating backward is called a “fakie”. Usually, skaters experience this when pumping up and down a skating ramp. But for beginners it is best to find a flat surface and work in balancing the weight on each of your leg.
- Place your feet with toes inward and heels out with your knees bending while keeping your back straight.
- Begin to lifting your knees alternately while in the position in the previous step.
- Just because you’re trying to skate backwards doesn’t mean you need to walk backwards. You will only need to lift your knees straight up and down.
- You may refer to this clip.
- 360-Degree Spin
This is a simple trick that can also be performed on a flat ground. To do this, you need to:
- Place your left skate forward and then push your right skate across your left as you turn your body.
- Drag your left foot in a backward motion while shifting your weight onto your right.
- Make sure you end up facing your original direction, so you won’t stumble.
This trick is called ‘Heel-toe’ because when performing this, you will only move along only the ‘toe wheel’ of one skate and the ‘heel wheel’ of the other skate.
- Do this trick with your preferred foot to skate on.
- Gradually flick the toe up of that skate making only the rear wheel to touch the ground.
- If you feel that you’re balanced enough, you can lift your trailing skate to make your front wheel to be the one touching the ground next. You may watch this.
It is one of the easiest tricks to perform but in order to do this you will need to improve on your balance. If you master this trick, your skating skills will definitely get better.
So, there you have it. Consider this as a guide to basic roller skating tricks. Remember always that these tricks may be needing a couple of tries so it’s best to be patient and stay safe. And above all, have fun!