Freestyle slalom skating

Freestyle slalom skating is a highly technical field of skating that involves performing tricks around a straight line of equally spaced cones. The most common spacing used in competitions is 80 cm, with larger competitions also featuring lines spaced at 50 cm and 120 cm.[1]

Equipment

Most freestyle slalomers use inline skates although some use quad skates. Those who use inline skates tend to use a full rocker wheel configuration, however there are other variations of the rocker set-up which are used. Some skaters prefer to use a 'full hi-lo' rocker, which means the largest wheel is the second in from the back, with the smallest at the front. A common way to rocker your wheels is by putting larger wheels in the center and smaller wheels on each end. An example of this is having 80 mm wheels in the 2nd and 3rd position and 76 mm in the front and back. A short frame (230–245 mm)is used to give the skate the maximum possible maneuverability. Inline skates used for slalom have a very tight fit with a strong cuff, to give sustained ankle support. Popular skates used in the past include the FSK skate range by Salomon, now unavailable, the market is now dominated arguably by Seba skates, formed by a world class slalom skater; other brands such as Powerslide and RollerBlade also offer popular slalom skate models.

List of slalom moves

The list of basic moves from easiest to hardest. There are many more moves than the ones shown in the list, and many variations on how to complete each move. The names of these moves may differ between countries.

Basic

  • Forwards Parallel (Fish)
  • Forwards Monoline (Snake)
  • Forwards Criss-Cross
  • Alternating Forwards Cross
  • Double Cross
  • Forwards One Foot

Beginner

  • Backwards Monoline (Snake)
  • Backwards Criss-Cross
  • Backwards Parallel (Fish)
  • Forwards Heel-Toe Snake
  • Forwards Heel-Toe Criss-Cross
  • Forwards Toe-Toe Snake
  • Forwards Heel-Heel Snake
  • Forwards Shifted Cross
  • Backwards Shifted Cross
  • Eagle
  • Eagle Cross (Independent)
  • Eagle Shifted Cross (Wave)
  • Eagle Royal
  • Eagle Royal Cross
  • Reverse Eagle
  • Reverse Eagle Criss-Cross
  • Reverse Eagle Shifted Cross
  • Fake Side-Surf

Intermediate

  • Crazy
  • Grapevine (Mabrouk)
  • Double Crazy
  • Double Crazy Back
  • Forwards Stroll
  • Backwards Stroll
  • Backwards One Foot
  • Chapi Chapo
  • X
  • X 2
  • X Jump (Crab Cross)
  • Nelson
  • Nelson Back
  • Nelson Transfer Back (X-Back)
  • Sun
  • Miniman (Small car 5 Wheels Sitting)
  • Pendulum

Advanced

  • Alternating Cross
  • Crazy Sun
  • Mexican
  • Italian
  • Volte
  • Wiper
  • Footspin
  • Special
  • Oliver
  • Brush
  • Chicken Leg
  • Cobra
  • Butterfly

Master

  • Rocket (Coffee Machine)
  • Backwards Rocket
  • Christie
  • Kasatchok
  • Toe Wheeling
  • Grabbed Toe Wheeling
  • Heel Wheeling
  • Grabbed Heel Wheeling
  • Screw
  • Leaf
  • Swan
  • Deckchair (Corvo)

Instruction

Both the ICP and Skate IA offer slalom instructor certification programs which develop the ability of skaters and coaches in breaking down slalom tricks. They also expand instructors' ability in identifying and solving problems in slalom skating.

References

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