Slalom and Slide Roller Skating

Slalom skating is popular in Europe and Asia, and is now drawing more and more attention and interest in the United States and a great many other countries.

As in most of the other disciplines both type of skates are used, the Quad and the Inline roller skates. The Inline skates are the most popular for Slalom skating and are usually configured with full rocker wheel combinations for maneuverability. The skate boot fits very tight and with a strong cuff to give sustaining ankle support.

I have watched Slalom Competitions in total awe, the way the skates move and the balance the skaters demonstrate.

Performing The Freestyle Slalom it is highly recommended that you start the learning process by watching someone else perform and then based on your skating experience start by learning the six basic elements all performed going forward. They are the Parallel (fish), Monoline (snake), Criss Cross, Alternating Cross, Double Cross, and the one foot Slalom.

The art of Freestyle Slalom Skating is to maneuver through a prescribed number of cones, set at a certain distance apart as fast as possible while performing the moves to earn judging points. In other words, the Skaters are judged on their Artistic ability and skills while performing tricks through equally spaced cones in a straight line.

Another form of freestyle slalom is known as Slide Skating, as the term indicates the skater performs slides on a smooth flat surface. The slide distance is directly proportional to the amount of pressure being applied to a skaters’ foot or feet. Sliding is a form of stylistic skating where the attention is paid to the footwork.

Speed Slalom Skating is the act of maneuvering through a set cones as fast as possible while on one foot.

Slalom Skating information about events and accomplishments can be found at the web page for the World Slalom Skating Association.

Post time: Mar-02-2018