Taking off and stopping are critical components of learning to rollerblade. Beginner rollerblades usually have a brake on the right skate. Having a braking system is one thing, but using it smoothly and safely is another.
That’s the question. In a straight path, how do you stop yourself unless some unpleasant external force stops you?
You must learn to use the brakes. It takes a little practice, but if others can do it, why can’t you?
But what if your skates don’t have brakes and you want to stop safely as a beginner?
I’ll show you how to stop using your right heel brake and how to stop without brakes.
7 Ways of Stopping on Rollerblades (for Beginners)
Rollerblades can be stopped in a variety of ways. Beginners can employ some of these rollerblade stopping techniques with ease. It takes a lot of practice with other inline skating stop tactics before you get it correctly.
I’ll show you how to stop your beginner rollerblade seven different ways so that you can skate safely every time. Here we go then (pun intended).
If you don’t want to use your skates’ braking system, you can still use one of these seven methods to stop. Regardless of whether you have access to a brake system, you must be able to slow your blades down.
1.How to Stop Rollerblades Using the Heel Brake
Keep your hands out in front of you while bending your knees slightly to keep your balance. Lift your toe and lower your heel as you push the right skate forward (the one with the brake).
In order to make this easier, imagine yourself sitting in an imaginary chair below your buttocks. Also, avoid standing or bending too far forward.
Now that you’re in a low stance, press your heel all the way into the ground or asphalt. You should ultimately come to a halt due to the friction between the brake and the road.
2. The Drag Stop (Also Known as the T-Stop)
One foot drags behind while the other glides forward in this way of halting. The skates come to a stop because of the friction between the skates and the ground.
Using a T-stop is one of the simplest ways to stop a skateboard. This is a stop that anyone can pick up in under an hour, in my opinion. You may, however, find yourself drifting over to the side of the road or street or wherever you’re skating as you practice this strategy.
Losing control and even doing a complete 360-degree rotation are possible side effects. Rollerskating helmets, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards are essential for rollerskating protection.
How to Do the Drag Stop/T Stop
But how can you stop the drag? Make sure you can glide on one foot for a short time without losing balance first.
Then alternate between one foot and the other until you feel completely secure. Alternating your feet helps your balance and your wheels wear almost as well.
Ready? First, take a stand. The dragging foot should be at least one foot behind the gliding foot. Your head and shoulders should be forward, and your back foot should be 80-90 degrees to the side.
Make an L Shape to Avoid Tripping and Falling
Don’t drag a foot right behind the other. This foot should be in a L shape. If you drag your foot right behind your gliding foot, you’ll likely trip and tumble.
Now glide forward. Then drag the other foot to see if you can stop it. To gain confidence quickly, don’t rush. Gradually increase the speed until the drag stop is perfected.
Plus one. Put most of your weight on the forward-pointing foot. With practice, you can start transferring your weight over the lagging foot to assist you stop even faster.
Isn’t it? Tell me how it goes in the comments.
3. How to Stop Inline Skates Using the Plow Stop
This stopping strategy is easy for ice skaters and skiers. Start with your shoulders, hips, and knees aligned. Your knees remain bent and springy.
This stance creates a stability rectangle. Stability and balance let you finish your stop without falling due to a misaligned posture.
Start propelling both inline skates outward while still in the low position. But you don’t want your skates to glide out straight. Instead, you want your blades to arc.
But at the end of the arc, softly press your heel out. This ankle action forces your toes inward, toward each other. When the skates meet at the toe, you stop.
Your knees should come together like your skates, but not so close that they touch. Allowing your skates to move too far outward will cause instability and bang your head into the ground.
The plow stop works similarly on rollerblades and rollerskates. The plow stop is so successful in roller derby that players employ it frequently.
The plow stop is my favorite beginner-friendly skate stopping move.
4. The Basic Powerstop
There are numerous power stop methods. As a newbie, it is preferable to start with the basic power stop.
Find two little objects, such as plastic cones, to serve as a focus point. Begin by circling the first cone broadly. Do the curves in both directions.
Keep your feet aligned (parallel) and as close together as feasible. Keep circling the first cone until you feel confident doing it in both directions.
Place the other cone a comfortable distance away so you can learn the bends while switching your feet. Perform the curves as near to the cones as feasible.
You may lose control as your curves get tighter, so prepare appropriately before practicing. Also, when taking faster curves, it’s possible to slide out or even tumble. But I’m sure you’ve mastered falling by now.
The next level is challenging but manageable. On the next lap, bend the inside foot toward the cone while the outside foot continues its smooth arc around it.
To learn to power stop on each foot, complete figure 8 between the two cones. Keep practicing the powerstop until it becomes second nature.
5. The Drag Stop/Powerstop Combo
The drag stop and the power stop are combined in this halt. This inline skate stopping technique can only be learned after mastering the drag stop.
This rollerblade-stopping method is a little trickier than you may think. To master this technique, you’ll need a lot of practice. But the good news is that anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort can succeed.
Glide toward the cone, then drag the outside foot toward the cone to complete the combination stop technique. Keep letting the outside foot glide in an arc as you near the cone, and then powerstop. Similarly to the powerstop, the inside foot tries to point toward the cone.
In the beginning, this can be a bit of a challenge. However, with enough repetition, it should become second nature. As for learning this slowing-down approach, it’s more about developing a feel for it. Practice, as they say, is the key to success.
In other words, get to work! This is a really powerful way to put an end to your progress. The technique is more powerful than the sum of its parts.
6. Basic Powerslide
In essence, the Powerslide is a slide that you can control until it stops. Even for experienced rollerbladers, the Powerslide isn’t the quickest way to stop. It’s just same with anything else: practice, practice, practice ultimately pays off.
Transitioning from forward rollerblading to backward rollerblading and sliding to a clean, safe stop are the two aspects of this rollerblade stopping method Let’s take a closer look at how this formula for putting a stop to skateboarding works.
7. The Rollerblade Hockey Stop
Hockey stops on inline skates aren’t easy, but they are possible. Rather than allowing your weight to spread out over the entire length of your blades, shift your weight to your heels. In addition, using the 76mm/80mm/80mm/76mm rocker arrangement on your rollerblades makes hockey stops a little easier.
There are six methods to halt on a rollerblade now that you’ve read this. Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to put your newfound skills to the test with some serious blade practice.
The T-stop and heel-brake braking are two examples of simple procedures. Learning to do some inline skating stops, on the other hand, can be rather challenging. A lot of practice is required for the drag-to-powerstop and the powerslide stops, for example.
However, nothing worthwhile is ever simple. When you’ve been pushing your blades hard, it can be difficult to slow down and come to a complete halt.