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Old April 1st, 2008, 12:51 PM   #1
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hey guys, new member here
haha alright so as self-explanatory as the title is, i would like to know different ways of braking (besides the heel brake that is).
so any help at all would be great! thanks!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:09 PM   #2
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After learning the heel braking technique, I'd say the t-stop is the next one to master. It can be kinda tough on your wheels though
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:13 PM   #3
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T-Stop? What now? I need to find a translator or something.

I think for a while that my preferred method of stopping will be the "fall down and hope you land in the grass" method...
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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well, i'm kinda trying to do it. but i take some time to stop and i sorta turn(?) after holding for too long. hahaha. can you teach me the proper way to do it?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:15 PM   #5
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hahaha i've got too little grass for the "fall down and hope for grass" method to work
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:23 PM   #6
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I'm no expert - I only learned it a week ago

I'm sure if you search a little you'll find it. Either that, or someone with a little more experience will chime in and offer you a tutorial.

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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:32 PM   #7
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alright, thanks anyway!
i think i shall try surfing around
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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:15 PM   #8
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You may want to try the snowplow before the t-stop.
If you're skier or ice skater, you already know this one.
Get up a little bit of speed, slightly pigeon-toe your feet and PUSH outward and down from your quads (muscles, not skates.....).
It's more of a slowdown move rather than a stop, but the snowplow and the heel brake are what's going to save your life on those narrow downhills.
It's also not quite as damaging to the wheels (and thus your wallet) as the t-stop is.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:57 PM   #9
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Try this video link:
http://www.expertvillage.com/video-s...ller-skate.htm
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:16 PM   #10
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Here are a bunch of how to stop tutorials on the Web...
http://www.skatelog.com/how/stopping/

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Old April 2nd, 2008, 12:32 AM   #11
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I used to turn when trying to T-stop. You have to angle the wheels more parallel to the ground rather than perpendicular when you skate. I found that works for me but it's not a fast stop.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 12:51 AM   #12
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Here’s how a t-stop works in my mind:

Assume you’re going forward with both feet parallel and on a relatively smooth surface (i.e. decent sidewalk grade but much wider).

Bend your knees more than you were and let your weight drop a bit lower. Nothing extreme, just so you become a little bit more stable to resist the twist.

Lift your right skate and position it a foot or more back from where it was.

While still off the ground, turn it clockwise so your front wheel is pointing off to your right. Don’t worry about getting it all the way to 90, but visualize that right angle anyway.

Instead of putting it back down, try to just barely kiss the wheels against the concrete. Try to get the skate parallel to the ground, so that all four wheels are lightly scraping along behind you.

Now as you slowly apply more pressure you’ll experience more stopping force, just like letting out the clutch on a car. And just like your first time with a clutch, you’ll find there’s a tipping point that changes the scenery a bit quicker than you had anticipated. In this case applying too much force turns your braking maneuver into an abrupt u-turn. In time you’ll learn to use this to your advantage, but for now try to minimze that and stop in a more or less straight line, not letting yourself spin until you come to a stop.

If that doesn’t work, take two aspirin and ask someone else.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 02:45 AM   #13
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Hi abcdefg,

Your handle reminds me of the safety nuclear lock combination in Space Balls i.e. "1 2 3"

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hey guys, new member here
haha alright so as self-explanatory as the title is, i would like to know different ways of braking (besides the heel brake that is).
so any help at all would be great! thanks!
Kathie has a fun list in her "A Toolkit of Stopping Techniques" with a lot of them being crash experiences. BTW her 2nd and 3rd humorous techniques actually work i.e Dragging a skate behind you, and Grabbing onto a pole and just spinning around the cone/pole.

I always have a hard time with these notes since I am not a beginner and I learned initially on quads. It seems like

The Snow Plow should be the easiest stopping technique

The Swizzle prior to the Snow Plow is probably the next easiest
^Basically going a little to each side with your heels as you travel down the path and then doing the Snow Plow.

I and a few others here do a Spinning Stop. Basically start to do the T-Stop and then spin instead. It's kind of fun, and would be more fun if a bench is at the end of the path so you can sit down and glide. I sometimes do the same on Quads in the rink.

Good Luck, and read Kathie's tutorials first, as well as some links by InLina, and Davey Speedstar, and , ,

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave

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Old April 2nd, 2008, 09:37 PM   #14
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actually can anyone teach me how to hockey brake? or do they call is cess stop? I tried but I keep "slaloming" instead of getting my feet perpendicular to rolling position.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:45 AM   #15
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actually can anyone teach me how to hockey brake? or do they call is cess stop? I tried but I keep "slaloming" instead of getting my feet perpendicular to rolling position.
If you look up past treads and video links from Davey Speedstar from the UK, or InLina from AU (Australia) and I believe Kathie's link to "How" stuff you will find the hockey stop and the two feet apart stop that is not quite a hockey stop.

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 02:51 PM   #16
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I ain't been able to do any of those braking techniques.

But, I have been motioning the ladies to hold their arms out to help me stop!!

They comply, and now I am spoiled!!
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Old April 6th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #17
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THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!

hahaha school's been super busy so i wasn't online the past week (sorry for all the late replies!)

to wolfgang: thanks for the advice, but, i kinda don't really get what you mean haha can i have sth more visual

to shok: well i'm using inlines, so i don't really think the stopping methods are the same. are they? ._.

THANKS KATHIE. (haha what's left to say?)

to J9Bassoon: oh i get it

to bryan: hahahaha. i think the aspirin's calling me.

to MANY_SkatingDave: i like the idea of spinning around the pole

to cehowardrc51: i wonder if they'll take me in too
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