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Old September 6th, 2016, 03:03 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by FrizzleFry View Post
This makes more sense now. At least with turns it makes sense to me. I imagine this is applicable in non turning situations as well? When I watch Bill Stoppard I see him doing crossovers constantly. Is this so that he has more room to push his down skate laterally instead of back? Should I be doing some sort of crossover at all times or is it mostly a tool for turns?

I did start practicing my crossovers yesterday for the first time. It's pretty frightening at first but my legs quickly found the feeling. Speed and tighter arc are still a ways off though.
Crossing over uses different muscle groups than a straight push. Bill Stoppard utilizes that fact to stay fresh. There are many obstacles while urban skating and crossing over allows you to take a different arc through the terrain ahead. Once fluent, you can create many shapes and sizes of arcs while navigating through the city, allowing you to maintain speed, continue rolling, and avoid obstacles at the same time.
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