How to Do a Power Slide on Roller Skates

Learn how to do a power slide on roller skates from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

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So now we're going to learn how to do some powerslides on roller skates. A power slide is a very easy way to stop while your speed is very fast. The best way I can describe it is think of Zorro, and when they do their nice, little fencing technique, so when you're bent down in your ready position, you'll actually be going in the opposite direction backwards. As you put pressure on your front leg, you're going to have a straight leg all the way down, and have pressure on the inside wheels, so it kind of comes to a complete stop backwards. So you start out forward, you do the initial hockey stop, and then you're actually turning around to skate backward. So this is a more advanced skill, but again, it can be used for roller skating in the park, so it can be used for derby, dance skating, freestyle skating, and pretty much anything else, and it looks cool. So when you go forwards, get ready, here we go. Skating forwards, knees bent, turning, and down, and there's your Zorro right there, okay? And notice how you get a little more slide, and this is where your balance should be, you should have a lot of weight on your front foot, and in your slide is where it needs to be straight, so if I pull my feet back together, I'm still underneath my body, but you want to make sure that it's not here, because then you'll do a circle, or over there, and it can pull you backwards, okay? So here we go again. That is a powerslide.

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  • Gypsy Lucas

    As a third-generation roller skater, Gypsy has competed in several sports for skating including speed skating, figure skating, roller hockey, and now roller derby. After winning many gold medals at the World Championships for Speed Skating she went on to coach Team USA for Inline Speed Skating for three years and is now a part of the coaching committee for Gotham Girls Roller Derby in NYC. Gypsy and her husband Tristan opened The Skate Truck NYC in the summer of 2012 to help increase skating in NYC and teach the youth of the city the joy of roller skating.