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    Quote Originally Posted by kinglakerfan View Post
    Hey everybody, I've been looking to learn how to skate for sometime as well, but I never learned how to rollerblade/skate. Is it necessary to have that ability or is it advised?
    It helps, but not necessary. Actually, it might even hurt to learn and be comfortable with rollerblading first... For example, stopping with rollerblades is a little bit different than stopping on ice (powerslide vs. hockey stop... unless you can hockey stop in blades). So learning to stop on rollerblades usually creates bad habits on ice.

    Quote Originally Posted by kinglakerfan View Post
    I've been on the ice once in skates at the mall which is 2 min. from my place here in San Diego
    UTC? You must be rich. Either that or your parents are!

    Anyway, if you're talking about UTC and you rented skates... They're probably the worst rental skates I've ever seen. Rental skates are already bad to begin with and when I saw the rentals at UTC... I was pretty disgusted. Blue plastic (literally) boots, fully rusted blades, and ratchet straps (no laces)

    Try and make the drive out to SD Ice in Mira Mesa or Kroc Center off of the 8. Now I'm not saying switching from the worst rental skate to a regular rental skate will change your experience, but it will help a little. Plus, UTC is also known to be pretty crowded with mallrats and children who don't want to shop with mama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boshak View Post
    It helps, but not necessary. Actually, it might even hurt to learn and be comfortable with rollerblading first... For example, stopping with rollerblades is a little bit different than stopping on ice (powerslide vs. hockey stop... unless you can hockey stop in blades). So learning to stop on rollerblades usually creates bad habits on ice.



    UTC? You must be rich. Either that or your parents are!

    Anyway, if you're talking about UTC and you rented skates... They're probably the worst rental skates I've ever seen. Rental skates are already bad to begin with and when I saw the rentals at UTC... I was pretty disgusted. Blue plastic (literally) boots, fully rusted blades, and ratchet straps (no laces)

    Try and make the drive out to SD Ice in Mira Mesa or Kroc Center off of the 8. Now I'm not saying switching from the worst rental skate to a regular rental skate will change your experience, but it will help a little. Plus, UTC is also known to be pretty crowded with mallrats and children who don't want to shop with mama.
    HAHA, I'm not rich but my parents have enough money to buy a condo down here.

    Yeah, the UTC skates seemed uber-ghetto when I wore them, but I was just trying to have fun. It says on the UTC Icetown site that they have free introductory lessons on Saturday mornings. Do you guys have any idea what those are like, or if it would be worth it to go? Just don't wanna waste my time if they usually suck. Thanks for the help, this thread is really awesome.

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    kinglakerfan,
    Just try it out. If it's good you'll be happy, if it stinks maybe you can talk to the teacher and find out where there is a good class. If you really are serious get your own skates. Try Play it Again Sports in PB. You don't need anything fancy or Pro right now, just a pair that feel comfortable. Under $100 should be fine.

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    Player Misconduct,

    If you really are serious go ahead and get the gear. At this stage I recommend Play It Again Sports or craigslist. Once you get better, you are going to know what you like and don't like so don't waste money right now on expensive gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinglakerfan View Post
    Yeah, the UTC skates seemed uber-ghetto when I wore them, but I was just trying to have fun. It says on the UTC Icetown site that they have free introductory lessons on Saturday mornings. Do you guys have any idea what those are like, or if it would be worth it to go? Just don't wanna waste my time if they usually suck. Thanks for the help, this thread is really awesome.
    As I said before, I've never taken lessons. They'd probably be a good idea, you'll get taught proper form and all that. Lessons or not, the key is to get out there and practice. Nothing will help you more than quality ice time.

    I also concur with getting your own skates. Nothing too expensive, but some good skates that you can get fitted to your own feet and can control the sharpness of the blades.

    I can also relate to feeling like a fool. Try going to the driving range and driving a ball 100 yards, while a thirteen year old boy that hasn't hit puberty yet is pounding them over 200 yards right next to you. In the end you ain't gonna get any better by not going out and practicing.

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    I used to coach kids hockey. Kids that were used to roller used to sign up. We had one kid who had some hockey skills because he had been playing roller hockey, but he had not seriously ice skated before. At our first practice I had everybody sprint goal line to goal line to see how each of them skated. This roller kid got his speed up and when he got to the other end he did a roller style spinning stop. That was the funniest sight ever. He spun like a top before crashing to the ice!

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    Hey guy/gals...

    So I have been skating more, and having more fun. But I have some questions:

    1) How do you stop?
    2) Is there a proper way to lace the skates so they fit the same everytime?
    3) How do I stop skating with bent ankles, and stand up straight?
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    I'll try to get there a little earlier next week and help you with stopping.

    I lace my skates tight since I have torn ligaments in both ankles but I am sure others do different.

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    New skates are a bit hard to get used to; once they break in they'll be easier to tie. It’s all preference. I don’t tie the front too tight but crank the ankle and just tie them snug one eyelet down.

    Try waxed laces, they hold better and if you are going tight - try a skate key (lace lightener).

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    If your skates are new your ankles shouldn't bend. There should be enough support in them to hold your ankles up. If not, I'd Lace your skates up tighter. See if that helps.

    As far as stopping, do you ski? If you do and can imitate when you turn your skis to catch an edge, do the same thing on skates and throw your weight into it. Watch the pros and imitate them.

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