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How to Do Spins on In-Line Skates

Learn how to do spins 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. Spins while rollerblading are measured in degrees, so if you start out going forward, and land backwards, you've done a 180. If you start out going forward and then spin all the way around to forward again, you've done a 360. Spins are a very important part of skating. You'll notice that there are a lot of people who do spins over gaps or onto grinds or out of grinds, so as soon as you've mastered the basics of jumping over an obstacle or jumping onto a grind and landing the grind, you should practice doing spins into and out of your grinds, and then also spinning over obstacles. Another great thing to do while you're spinning is learn how to grab. There's a number of different types of grabs, but they help to add a little bit of style to your tricks. They also make it a little bit more challenging. Spins of course don't stop at the 180, 360 or even 540. There's a lot of people who are doing 900s, 1080s, 1260s. So when you get more comfortable you should start trying to spin a little bit further. A lot of people spin only over one shoulder or to one direction, but it will be really helpful to you later on if you learn to spin both ways. So I would recommend practicing doing 180s both to the left and to the right. Once you master the 180, practice doing a 360 to the left and to the right. You want to be careful when you're practicing spins. At first, you'll be able to do them, just off the ground. So a 180 or a 360 can be performed just off the ground. But once you get up into the hire numbers, you're going to need a good ramp, probably, to practice off of.

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