North & South America
Time to learn
Before you go skating for your first time it is important to understand the basics of the sport. It’s a good idea to properly fit your skates and protective gear before you attempt to skate. Learning the introductory skating maneuvers will insure you have a good experience.
If you are new to inline skating, learning speed control and how to stop with a brake takes practice. A skate brake pad doesn’t slow or stop you like a mechanical car or bicycle brake. It requires technique. Practice the braking motion first on a flat non-rolling surface like a rug or flat grass. Once you are comfortable with the motion, move to a perfectly flat rolling surface such as an indoor floor or outdoor basketball court. Do not attempt to skate down a slight slope or incline without mastering the ability to slow and stop yourself with the brake first. You can watch one of many great videos on rollerblade.com that give tips and pointers on learning to properly use your brake.
Watch the series of videos below to learn the basics of getting started on inline skates. This series of videos covers how to properly fit your skates and protective gear and introductory skills.