3 Ways to Stop on Rollerblades

Learn three ways to stop on rollerblades from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

Hi guys, Gypsy from the Skate Truck NYC, here are some tips on how to stop using your roller blades. Three techniques to use is one, using your heel brake, T-stop, and the plow stop.

The first one using your heel brake, keep your knees bent, arms in front to counterbalance, push the skate forward that has the brake, and lift your toe. Make sure you’re sitting down inside that chair nice and easy, make sure you don’t bend too far forward or stand straight up. So from the side, knees bend, push the foot forward, and put your brake down. Make sure again, sit down in that chair, and push down hard with that heel.

The next one is called a T-stop. You can start in a T position, push that foot forward, and your foot will be straight down on that edge. Make sure that you have a nice, firm, leg right here, and not let your ankle break down. So keep it nice and firm, keep your shoulders and hips forward, and your foot will slide underneath you, and then you’ll come back to the T-stop.

The third one is a plow stop. So same as if you are familiar with snow skiing or ice skating, you come out a little bit further than your powerbox, and you’ll pull your toes together till they come to a point at the front, so right there. And on the side view of a plow stop, you want to make sure that you’re sitting back in that chair as you pull your skates forward, right there.

So those are three ways to stop using your roller blades, happy braking.