The most important skill to learn is stopping. The two main stopping
techniques used for roller skating are the T-Stop & Using Toe Stoppers.
You can stop on your roller skates using the T-Stop method. Using whichever
foot you feel most comfortable with, place the back foot at a 90 degree angle
behind the heel of the front skate, in the shape of a T. Drag the wheels to
decrease your speed until you come to a full stop.
You may need to apply more pressure to the dragging foot depending on
how fast you are traveling. See T-Stop example to the right.
Another way to stop on roller skates is to use the toe stopper at the front
of your skates.
Use only one foot to stop or your will run the risk of falling forward
Depending on which foot you are most comfortable with, extend your rear
leg behind. This will allow you to bring the toe stopper into contact with the
skating surface. Use gentle pressure on the stopper to create friction with the
ground until you come to a complete stop. See example to the right.
Roller Skating Skills - Videos:
There are numerous videos available on-line to learn more advanced skills.
We have put together a list of links to useful videos below. Please note these
videos are not associated with Kandy Skates in any way and have been
Toe Stopper Example