How do you stop on rollerblade?

If you’re not used to inline skating, it can be hard to stop when you start. By learning how to use the brakes and other simple stopping methods first, you can improve your skills. Then, try intermediate and advanced ways to stop. Wear your helmet and pads, and skate in safe places, no matter what kind of stopping method you use, to keep yourself safe.

Putting on the Heel Brake

1.Lie down on your back with one leg stretched out in front of you. Bend the other leg as if you were sitting down.

Rollerblades do not have brakes in front like roller skates do. They are instead on the back of the boots, like on roller skates. Most of your weight should be on one leg, so bend that knee as if you’re about to sit down. Take one of your legs and move it in front of you, but keep the other one in the same place.

To get used to shifting your weight while skating, try scissoring your feet back and forth a few times.

2. With your front foot, press the heel brake against the ground.

If you need to, move your foot forward a little more and let the heel brake touch the ground. So, apply firm pressure if you want to stop quickly or gentle pressure if you want to stop slowly.

• As you skate, practice braking slowly until you get used to the movement. Then, you can use the brake to stop when you’re going fast, so you can.

3.Keep applying pressure until you come to a full stop.

Firm pressure will make you stop more quickly than light pressure will make you stop more slowly. Keep putting your heel down on the ground until you come to a complete stop, then stop.

It can also be a good idea to use your brake, because it can make a squealing sound that can alert people who are nearby. This can help you avoid a collision in some cases.

Stopping with Beginner Techniques

1.Skate on grass, dirt, or gravel to slowly slow down.

Skate on a patch of grass, dirt, or gravel if you’re going very fast and haven’t figured out how to stop yet. The rough surface will make you slow down over time until you come to a complete stop.

• This is called “running out.” Running out can also help you slow down and return to the pavement when your speed is at the right level.

Skating on grass is a good idea because it will hurt less if you fall than if you fall on concrete.

2.In this step, skate toward a wall with your arms straight out in front of you.

When you hit the wall, use your hands to softly push yourself backwards. Turn your head to the side so that you don’t hit your face, too. For any speed, this stop works. If you’re going fast, be careful!

Then, you could skate toward a railing or stairs to stop yourself, if there is no wall near you.

You could also skate toward your friend or family member to slow down. It’s important that you tell them before you skate into them, like by saying, “Skating into you to slow down!”

3.Use the plow stop or v-stop to slow down a little at a time.

As you skate, spread your legs out wider than shoulder-width apart. When you stop, turn your toes in toward each other. As this slows your momentum, you may fall forward. You should brace yourself for this when you do this. Your skates might also hit each other.

As you skate backwards, you can also use this technique. You can turn your heels in toward each other.

4.When you can’t stop, learn how to fall safely in case you can’t get back up again,

Falling safely will help you avoid getting hurt, so be aware of how to do it. People who are about to fall should bend their knees. They should try to stop themselves with their elbow or knee pads instead of their hands, which could break their wrist or cut their palm. [7]

If you can, try to fall on some grass or sand. This will be a lot less painful than falling on concrete, but it will still hurt.

Stopping with Intermediate Skills

1. Make sure you spread out your arms, and use the wind to slow down.

This is called windbreaking, and it can help you slow down if you’re going too fast. If you want to stop completely, you can windblock and use another method, or you can just glide to a stop after slowing down your speed.

If it’s windy and you’re wearing something that will get caught in the wind, this works best.

In this case, don’t use this method.

2. Make sure you widen your stance and spin around 180 degrees to make a showy stop.

Make sure your skates are wider than shoulder-width while you glide. As you walk, keep your toes pointed in the direction you want to go. Then, move your upper body and hips in the opposite direction so that you turn 180 degrees in one direction, too. When you spin, you will slow down your speed and bring you to a complete halt. [9]

• Start by skating slowly to get used to this stopping technique. Then, when you’re comfortable with how it moves, try it at a faster speed.

If you’re going quickly, lean forward a little after you spin around. This will help you not to fall backward.

3. Try the slalom stop to slow down and stop with style.

Turn to the left, then to the right, very quickly. This will slow you down very quickly and make you stop.

• This works well when you are moving quickly and need to slow down or control your speed.

Trying to be more advanced stops

1. Try ramming the curb for a quick way to stop.

Skate toward a curb or step and lift one skate up so that the middle of your wheels are level with the curb, then skate away. There, step or bang your skates against the curb to stop yourself. You don’t want to trip or fall forward if you brace yourself for the bump from the curb.

Be aware that this can damage your skates if you do it a lot. Use this method only when you need to stop quickly.

Use a T-stop to quickly stop.

With your toes turned to the side, drag one foot behind you. You should make sure that the wheels on your back skate are not in line with your front skate or the direction you are going. With your back foot, press down on it to slow your momentum and bring you down to a stop.

Toe drag: When you only push one side of the front wheel against the ground to stop, this is called toe drag.

They can damage your wheels if you use the T-stop and toe drag too often, so be sure not to do that.

3. Use the hockey stop to stop quickly when you’re making a sharp turn and need to stop quickly.

Power slides are another way to stop. While moving forward, make a quick turn to the left or right. Then slide sideways until you stop. Lean away from the direction you are moving to keep your legs bent. The best way to improve your balance is to keep your body as low as possible.

• This stop works well on surfaces that aren’t too rough, but it takes a lot of practice to get the hang of.

As you move slowly, it is actually more difficult to stop. You almost have to jump into it.

4.Step forward or backward to stop yourself from moving.

These are called “stepping stops.” You pick up your skates and walk a few steps in the direction you are going without moving forward. It might help to lift your right foot up for a few seconds and then put it down again. Lift up your left skate for a few seconds and put it down on the ground, then. Do this until you can glide to a full stop.

• You can use this method to slow down as you move forward or backward.

5.Lean back to stop with both brakes for the method used by Wile E. Coyote, like he did.

This is an advanced way to make a very quick stop that might make you think of a cartoon. Skating forward, lean back so you can apply pressure to both heel brakes at the same time, which will help you stop. Do this and be ready to move forward if you’re going very fast.