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Slalom Cone Skating Forum Discussions about slalom cone skating, high-jump, and other freestyle trick skating. (Note that vert, street, and park skating discussions should be posted in our aggressive skating forum.)

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Old August 15th, 2011, 08:05 AM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2011
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Default Just starting to learn slalom...

Hi guys,

I just started to learn to slalom (well, started learning to skate, but now confident on stride 2 / parallel and a-frame turns/backwards skating / crossovers). It's amazing how much there is to learn! My coach is taking me through some simple stuff now, such as the fish, worm (sloppily), and we started doing cross. The post here on getting to the eagle was helpful and I'll keep stretching: http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=12000

My skates are Fusion x5s. Tried getting Twisters but they didn't have any in stock. Meh we'll see how it goes.

Do you guys learn the moves on your own, or do you have a coach or a more experienced buddy who shows you?

Anyway, it's nice to see a forum just for slalom skating!

Edit: oh man, I just realized there's a whole new thread for people to introduce themselves. Oops! sorry!

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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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A bit of both. I usually practice on my own (not good enough to hang with the big boys yet), but I won't hesitate to ask for advice if I'm having trouble with a particular trick.

The end result of that though is that I usually realize I need to focus more on fundamental, basic tricks. I'm back to practicing backwards crosses at the moment...

You also might want to give www.freestyleskaters.org/forum a visit, although it's fairly dead at the moment.

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Old August 16th, 2011, 04:24 AM   #3
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For me, I find slalom skating most fun with people around your level. I'm fortunate to have a group of friends who started roughly around the same time as I. A good thing about learning with a group of friends is that you can give each other advice and the competitive atmosphere is always healthy in striving to achieve better.

Despite that, I suppose the new tricks can be self-taught, however advice from an experienced skater is invaluable and often makes trick learning a lot easier.

EDIT: hahaha about the Eagle. I still haven't learned the Eagle yet, my legs bend better towards the reverse eagle position :P You don't need to enforce stretching (unless you really cannot bend that way I suppose), as you slalom more your flexibility naturally increases to adjust to the new tricks. When I started off I found rocket/footgun an impossible combination of muscle strength and flexibility, to my surprise recently (I don't really practice rocket at all), I was able to rocket through several cones, I guess I eventually found the correct muscles to use through learning other tricks or naturally become much more flexible
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Old August 16th, 2011, 09:52 AM   #4
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That's cool to hear, kev. I'm a strong believer in diversifying your practice; every discipline in skating is an opportunity to test your balance, pivoting, edging, etc

Wish I knew some other beginner slalom skaters in Vancouver. It seems like slalom skating doesn't get anywhere near as much attention as it deserves. You watch the international competition videos and see a dozen people in the audience - it's as if people don't even know it exists!

Shaw, good luck! I'm also hoping to learn lots of moves really soon.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 01:03 AM   #5
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I've done some learning on my own, and lots of practice, but it is always nice to have other people to skate with and trade tips and advice. You should come down to Seattle sometime, we have a pretty big group of slalom skaters here! (At least by US standards.)
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Old August 19th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #6
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Stacy, that'd be fun! I was in Seattle recently, brought my skates, but completely freaked out when I discovered the entire city was on a mountain. Where do you guys skate?
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