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Old August 10th, 2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Learning artistic figures with regular rollerblades

Pretty much Exactly What It Says On The Tin...

but first a quick intro since I'm new to the forum (I'll post a proper one in the relevant thread):
I'm a french skater on Rollerblade X5s trying to learn artistic figures on those same skates. I'm not any good on ice; never had much practice, but I do use my wheels very regularly, and what I've got on my mind is: How many figures are possible? Has anyone tried to practice artistic skating (jumps, one wheel spins...) on regular rollerblades?

Since I'm a student I haven't got the money for specialized inline skates for artistic skating. Furthermore I really enjoy being able to skate freeride with the X5s, for which they are designed. So it all comes down to: how much can I do on just one pair of skates?
I recently changed my wheels to get an artificial rockering, since the X5s don't have any, and with that I've been able to make quite a bit of progress. I'm not making any jumps yet though, and can only get two rotations out of spins (on lucky tries). Are jumps on regulars even possible? I'm not talking about making any doubles or beyond, just the simple loops and salchows (we'll leave the Axel for...later ^^ )

Greetings to everyone on the forum,
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Old August 10th, 2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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Yes, I'm learning such stuff. Jumps are quite hard without stops, and I'm finding spins way trickier than on ice, but all the basic footwork and figures seems doable.

I'm currently skating 12 year old Salomon FT8's, with 247mm K2 Soul7 frames. I'm using a rockered 76-80-80-76mm wheel setup which helps immensely. The exact same setup I use for slalom, outdoor rec, and general indoor session skating.

I started this thread to ask about jump technique without stops (with inlines in mind, but I don't think the core principles are any different vs NTS quads):

http://skatelogforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42646

Also you might find something of interest here:

http://skatelogforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44685

I don't know if you're currently into slalom at all, but I think there's quite a bit of cross over - regarding what skills you need. Learn either one and you'll get the other for nearly free.

In fact I think that it's a better idea to have a more slalom-like style on inlines, rather than just be ice-skating's poor cousin. In particular there's a lot of scope for toe/heel wheeling moves that you just can't do on ice skates.

If you aren't into slalom (yet), here's some inspiration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObRtHOZ3384
http://slalom.dupas.be/munobal/
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Old August 10th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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If you (like me) are teaching yourself, might I also plug:

http://www.icoachskating.com/

A subscription to their site is worthwhile too, but they do have a bunch of helpful free teaser videos:

http://www.skatingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=4512.0

All ice, no inlines, but it's all seems adaptable.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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Many thanks for the quick replies! I'll definitely look up the links you provided.

I agree with you on the artistic/slalom crossover: what I'm doing today actually looks more like slalom without cones than actual artistic figures.

To be honest my attempts at doing jumps have all failed so far; I'm too scared to fall to actually launch my leg fast enough to the side and get enough rotation to pull a full turn off in the air.

I'll keep practicing and eventually post the results, see how far I can go! ^^

Thanks again,

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Old August 14th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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This might be helpful...

http://www.amazon.com/How-Jump-Spin-...+jump+and+spin

Good luck!
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