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CyanicenineI learned to inline for the first time this last summer. I bought a pair of Seba FR1's which I've been happy enough with. I've found it to be pretty fun, but learning hasn't gone quite as fast as you'd imagine. For the first two days I couldn't carve my turns and was only turning with my outside foot. Trying to carve like you are skiing doesn't work, because a ski stance is too wide. Think of your wheels as being like half inch wide skis, because they are so narrow you have to have a really narrow stance before you can carve a turn like you would on skis.
Also because your new "skis" are super short you don't have the fore and aft stability that you do with long skis. If you get back seat at all it's really easy to slip out. The trick to getting a larger platform for stability is that you always need to have a lead foot. This foot helps to deflect rocks, absorb bumps and cracks in the pavement etc, so that if you get thrown off balance from your lead foot you can just lean back onto the trailing foot and not end up on your ass.
Stopping and slowing down is the sketchiest part of skating.
MinggThank you so much!^ that's exactly what I was lookin for! I used to skate with my brother when I was younger around my neighborhood and stuff. I used to stop by like turning my back food and spinning around ahaha. I never tried hockey stopping though. Should you keep your leading foot constant? Or is it something that doesn't matter as long as you keep your feet staggered?
S.M.Ghard as fuck to get into. Grinding is NOT as easy as it looks. AT ALL.
*strokes scar while a single tear rolls down face*
MinggWhat's hard about it? Part of me thinks it can't be too much different from skiing but I honestly wouldn't know haha
JoJo-yYessss Mingg! You should definitely pick up some skates check out rollerwearhouse or aggressivemall for some deals on decent skates. I personal like razors. I have the Yuri Botelho skates which I love. You can use your backyard set up rails to start learning how to grind. Learn the makio or soul grind first. I'd say they are the easiest. watch Sam Zahner's video http://www.newschoolers.com/videos/watch/758548/aggressive-inline-skating-tips for some tips on different grinds. Skating definitely helped me to be more comfortable with sliding rails on skis. It will also help you with balance and coordination in the off season.
MinggOH MY GOD THIS IS LITTLE SAM ZAHNER.
Also, what should I look for when buying skates? Any notable brands?
JoJo-yHaha I know, I know he actually kills it on skates too. Idk. I'd check out razors. I have their Yuri Botelho pro model with jug liners and they're super comfortable. The cult series usually runs pretty cheap around 130 and the genesys are around 200 but they'll had a bit wider souls and thicker liners. USD, Remz, Valo and Xsjado also worth checking out.
PS you better get a pair before snowflex in July!