The first inline skates appeared in London in 1760. Since then, they have evolved from transportation, to a substitute for on-stage ice skating, to recreational skating, to fitness skating and eventually to many inline competitive sports are all linked to the development of inline skate technology.
Aside from being the first known roller skates, there is a lot more to inline skating than you think. The first Rollerblades were developed to allow ice hockey skaters to cross-train off season - and these training tools changed the roller sports world. Inline skating styles are developing all over the world, and now they include a lot of traditional and a few very unusual recreational, fitness and competitive disciplines far beyond their inline hockey roots. Some of these skating activities can still be used as short and medium distance green transportation, if road conditions and weather permit. Inline skates will always be a great way to travel from one place to another, especially if there is a scenic view.
Inline skating is a very practical choice for anyone in search of a sport with benefits for both body and mind, because it can be done almost anywhere or anytime - and it is very affordable compared to many other activities. If you are a skate owner who is not dependent on equipment rental skate services, your local paths, parks, courts, driveways and trails will make great free training grounds.
The kind of skating that interests you will determine the type of training, skates and gear you will need. Take a good look at many of the roller sports options available:
- Recreational inline skating includes a variety of activities that are suitable for skaters of all ages and many skating levels.
- Inline fitness skating is more goal-oriented skating to achieve medical, mental or physical benefits.
- Street and road skating are organized group events on public thoroughfares and smooth paved roads.
- Speed skating and inline racing are recognized as competitive disciplines around the world.
- Marathon skating events are taking place on every continent.
- Freestyle slalom skating lets you dance and spin around cones.
- Dryland skating or inline figure skating is very similar to ice figure skating.
- Inline hockey skating is a popular year-round sport at amateur, scholastic, and professional levels.
- Inline roller soccer is a unique version of regular soccer.
- Roller cricket athletes play all batting, bowling and fielding positions on roller skates.
- Roll ball is becoming a popular school sport.
- Inline basketball is an easy roller sport to develop.
- Aggressive and stunt skating includes jumps, grinds, slides and flips.
- Urban inline skating is a great activity for young or young-at-heart thrill-seekers.
- Skate cross is an aggressive ramp and obstacle course race on inline or quad skates.
- Off road and all terrain skating combines mountain biking and skiing with inline skating.
- Nordic inline skating is also called cross-skating or Nordic blading.
- Kite skating is an extreme inline-based roller sport.
- Wind skating or skate sailing is a wind powered inline sport.
- Kjoering is an extreme equine team roller sport.
- Downhill racing is one of many gravity sports and very similar to the Alpine downhill ski racing.
You can also get a quick overview of many inline skating sports. If you are not sure that your interests will be dedicated to any one of these specific skating styles, start by building a good foundation in recreational or fitness activities and training. Good basic skills will take you in any direction that you want to roll. If you do not find an inline roller sport that is just right for you, then take a look at the quad skating sports opportunities.