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How to Get Started in Aggressive Inline Skating

Aggressive Inline Skating 101

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How to Get Started in Aggressive Inline Skating
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The stunts and tricks like jumps, grinds, slides and flips that are the staples of aggressive inline skating are not for everyone. But, if you want to become an aggressive skater, you will need to do or acquire the following things to get started:

Learn to Inline Skate

If you are not already a good skater, it is important to learn to skate at an advanced level before trying aggressive stunts. If you are a beginner, start with entry level skating skills and good recreational inline equipment. Use recreational skates to learn, because they are faster (bigger, harder wheels) and safer (braking system) than aggressive skates may be for a beginner. Work your way through intermediate and advanced skating techniques. Once you are an advanced skater with fast forward and backward stroking capabilities as well as multiple turning, jumping, stopping, falling and spinning techniques mastered, you can consider seriously pursuing aggressive skating and purchasing aggressive specific skates.

Buy a Pair of Aggressive Skates

If you are already inline skating at an advanced level, buy a pair of carefully selected used or pre-packaged new aggressive inline skates. As your skills and knowledge of aggressive equipment improve, you may want to build a custom skate to suit your needs.

Get Safety Gear

Make sure to have a good helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and bun padding. Keep basic supplies for treating road rash and other abrasions in your backpack.

Wear Tough Loose Clothing

Choose comfortable skate wear that has strong woven fibers that may add a little extra protection from abrasions. Jeans, long t-shirts and sweats are staples in most aggressive inline wardrobes because they're cool and possibly for this very reason, too.

Find a Safe Place to Practice

Look for smooth, flat surfaces like parking lots or new pavement and simple structures. Make sure you are not trespassing or breaking any local laws.

Visit a Skate Park

A skate park will offer a variety of surfaces with various levels of difficulty for you to try. Choose a day when the skate park is not busy for your early attempts. But, you should also go the the park when the better skaters are there, so you can study their techniques first hand.

Do Not Skate Alone

Practice with friends or a group of aggressive skaters to help your skills develop, provide motivation and input and add to the social and networking opportunities. Aggressive skaters are at risk for injuries, so working out with other skaters is a lot safer, too.

Consider Organized Activities

Aggressive skating offers opportunities for organized group activities, training and competition. Group activities and event information is often available at inline equipment pro shops, sports retailers and through parks and recreation centers.

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