A Brief History of Hi-Lo Inline Skates

Back in the early days of inline skating, that is the late 80’s into the early 90’s, it was easy for skate companies to decide on what size wheels came on each skate in their product range. In general entry level skates came with 4 x 72mm wheels, mid range skates came with 4 x 76mm wheels and high end skates came with 4 x 80mm wheels. Then there were the specialty skates for competitive disciplines. In that arena is was basically hockey skates with 4 x 76mm wheels and speed skates with 5 x 80mm wheels. Continue reading →

No Heel Brake Stopping – Luc Bourdin’s Cess Slide Tutorial (Video of the Week)

I first came across this video a few years ago on cskroller.com (which appears to now be defunct). It is a great guide by skater Luc ‘Bitum Walker’ Bourdin on how to initiate a slide. You start with a good tight turn whilst getting over on the fat part of your wheels. From this, you start tightening up the turn until it essentially become a quarter flick turn that you slide with.

The only thing this video doesn’t show is how to make it a quick stop like a hockey stop. To do this, you need to transition to stopping more towards the pointy top part of your wheels rather than on the flatter sides. You can start out by transitioning from the flat side to the point in the stop to get an understanding for the dynamic of a faster stop.

 

No Heel Brake Stopping – Cess Slide/Hockey Stop

Doing a Cess Slide/Hockey Stop on inline skates is truly for the advanced skater, especially outdoors. This technique for stopping on inline skates is very hard on your wheels, and I use it sparingly (or sometimes for something fun to do!). I will use it as an emergency stop, but more out of habit from my days of playing inline hockey.

Note that the term ‘Cess Slide’ is used more in reference to a trick done on inline skates that is similar, but is still valid when talking about stopping.

 

No Heel Brakes Stopping – Stepping Stop

Here is a video of the stepping stop on inline skates. It is essentially the only stopping technique that, if done properly, has no impact on wheel wear.

 

Video of the week

OK…let me see if I can get a video of the week thing going here. Odds are I won’t get past this week.

I’m going with some aggressive inline for my first one ever, with a clip from AV Media out of New York featuring Anthony Velez. As it turns out, you can royale a tree. Enjoy…Â