Heel Spins – How to – by Mushroom Blading
Heel Spins by MBHT

Swivels – (not swizzles, this is a terrific looking move using quick turns) – Swivels

3 Turns – demo only, two methods

3 Turns – How to, two methods

15 things to make you a better skater:

Skate 101 with K2 Skates. In 2008 Trish Alexander created a ‘playlist’ of moves while in Hollywood, Florida during the Great EsSkate. Filming and editing is by Mike Powell with K2 Skates (which is also what the skater is wearing–the eco model with the bamboo frame). The first video is all of the moves linked, followed by an individual review of each move. (Please note these are currently unavailable, we hope to have them back up soon.)

Swizzle: First we will start off with a very basic move but one rarely performed correctly. A swizzle is creating a series of football traces on the ground (or lemondrops). If your wheels were wet you would show a football then the feet would return parallel as close together as possible. The key to swizzles is to return the feet (regroup) them so they come together. Without regrouping, there will be little if any power to the move.

Next is an Alternating Swizzle. One foot moves straight on a center edge while the other carves one-half of a circle by pushing through the heel wheel. The feet ‘regroup’ then the opposing foot begins the push from the heel to create a half circle.

Two Foot Slalom. Here you want to remember that you are pushing back with feet perfectly parallel at a 45 degree angle such as you would if skiing and pushing back against a ski mountain. The push is not to the side. Edges are corresponding throughout the move (inside and an outside edge simultaneously). To improve the power and strength in this move, start from a dead stop.

One Legged Slalom which employs an inside followed by an outside edge. You will start on one edge then rise up and roll over to the opposing edge (inside roll up and over to outside edge). Your body box (torso) faces forward.

Transitions:  Mohawk. A Mohawk is a transition from one foot to another, on the same edge, so inside to inside, center to center edge and outside to outside edge. It always involves a change of direction (forwards to backwards, backwards to forward.

Backward Crossovers in a Circle:  Now that we have switched directions in a transition and are skating backwards, here is Backward Crossovers in a circle. In counter clockwise direction, your right arm is leading with the left arm trailing. Your arms are on the ‘trace’ of the circle meaning that you set your arms on the imaginary circle you are creating.

The Spiral: Just for fun and grace, try the Spiral. Initially the goal is to create a “T” with your upper body and free leg as the top part of the T and your support leg is on the ground, on a deep outside edge. Think of a see-saw and your hip as a hinge and bow forwards. Remember to look up.

Toe Roll: It’s a great starter move for getting your edging correctly. Make sure the toe is directly behind (not off to the side) of the support foot and it helps to lock your knees. Once you get this, try lifting the toe of the support foot (the front leg) for a daffy. Very fun.

Forever Crossovers which are done on outside edges only (small toe is closer to the ground). These can be done as fast steps, or lengthened for long swings. Play with them and increase the cadence or decrease it to change the move. The ones shown here are with a longer cadence.

The last move is the Backwards Cross Behinds. This is a fairly difficult move and will be explained in full elsewhere on the site (in the future). It is done with the pushing foot on an outside edge as well as the gliding foot on an outside edge.


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