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How to Control Speed while In-Line Skating

Learn how to control speed while you're rollerblading 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. Controlling your speed is a really important part of rollerblading, you are going to find yourself in situations where you either need more speed or you need to slowdown. So you are going to need to learn that pretty quickly. On traditional rollerskates or recreational rollerblades there is often a break, but on aggresive skates there usually isn't. So there's a couple different techniques you can use to slow yourself down. One is called the T-stop which is where you are going to drag your trailing foot to slow yourself down. This has a tendency to wear down your wheels and create what are known as flatspots. So, when you have enough space you just try to use the slalom technique, which is really similar to what [skirs] you when you are coming down a mountain, basically you are going to carve kind of hard and that's going to check-off a little of that speed. If you need more speed you are goint to want to use the traditional sort of push-and-glide technique. When you have space, if you are at a skate park and you are in the middle of a ramp, you can start to use what's called pumping. Basically pumping involves a lot of timing and is pretty difficult, but what you want to do is when you are dropping in the ramp and you get towards the base on the transition, you want to explode downwards without actually leaving the ground, and what that's going to do is transfer your energy during the transition into more speed. Like I said, pumping is pretty difficult, but basically all it takes is time, you now the more time you spend at the skate park, the better that you are going to get at it, and eventually it will be second nature and you won't even think about it.

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