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How to Do a Soul Grind on In-Line Skates

Learn how to soul grind on rollerblades from in-line skater Tim Phang in this Howcast video.

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Hi, I'm Tim Phang. I'm 23 years old. I've been skating for about 12 years. I'm from Arlington, Virginia which is right outside of Washington, D.C. I'm now sponsored by Universal Skate Design, and I'm going to be talking to you about rollerblading. There are a lot of different types of grinds in rollerblading. One of the most common is the Soul Grind". It involves placing one of your skates along the obstacle that your grinding on the sole of the skate and the other with the obstacle in between the center two wheels. So it's going to look something like this (demonstration). When your learning to do a soul grind, the most important thing is that you keep your feet centered underneath your shoulders. When you jump onto a trick, you don't want your feet to come out from under you. So if you jump too high your going to end up rolling, but as long as your feet are underneath of your shoulders you won't slip out. Once you've mastered the soul grind, you can do variations of it. So you can learn to do the half-cap soul, which is when you'll start out facing backwards, turn 180 degrees and land in the soul position. You can also do the alley soul, where you start out forwards, turn 180 degrees in the air, and land in the soul position grinding backwards. You could also practice spinning out of your soul grinds. So jump up, while rolling forwards, jump up, lock onto your soul grind, slid forwards and try spinning 180 degrees and rolling away backwards.

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