Before You Begin
Ok, so you’ve got your new skates and you’re ready to ride! Before you head out, take a moment to read the warning tags, watch the demo video or watch someone else skate. Find a good location with a smooth surface and something to hold on to, like a wall, fence, railing or learn with a friend. We’ve found that one of the keys to unlocking your ability to become a great skater is to visualize the motion and try to see yourself skating.
The most important aspect in learning to ride Freeline skates is to keep at it. Before you know it, you’ll get the hang of it. Don’t try to stand and balance! It’s a lot like learning to ride a bike – you need momentum and speed to stay upright and, once you learn how, you’ll get progressively better and better every time you ride.
THREE SIMPLE STEPS:
Push off and roll.
There is a left and right skate. Center each foot on your skates and be sure your wheels are inline sideways under your feet. Push along a wall or find a gentle slope to get rolling. You need momentum to stay upright. Initially, it is very challenging to steer both feet independently so practice going straight and keep your feet level. If you need to jump or step off, try to land on your feet. Then go back and try again, increasing your distance each time.
Toes in, heels out; heels in, toes out.
Turn the heels of your feet out (toes in, heels out). Next, turn the heels of your feet in (heels in, toes out). Repeat, “heels in,” “toes out,” then “toes in,” “heels out.” Keep rotating heels and toes in and out until you get the feel as you move. Practice while pushing along a wall, or whatever it is you’re holding on to for balance. Don’t lean to steer – turn your feet. Shift your weight from foot to foot to stay comfortable and keep moving. Relax your feet and toes.
Swing your arms and twist.
Swing your leading arm forward, twist your core and turn your feet in. Then twist and swing the opposite direction and turn the skates out. When going downhill, hold your back skate steady on the outside of each turn and use heel side-toe side leans to carve (similar to riding a snowboard). Steer with your front skate, let the back skate follow, and look into the direction you want to travel to plan your next turn.