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Aggressive Inline Skating: Xtreme Fun!

Aggressive inline skating, or commonly referred to as Rollerblading, is an extreme sport that has emerged into the mainstream over the last ten to fifteen years. These skaters usually perform many different kinds of tricks on a variety of courses. The skates used by aggressive inline skaters are usually smaller and softer than other inline skates. This allows the skaters to accelerate or decelerate faster, and also have more control over the skates when performing tricks. However these skates have a slower top speed, and are also usually less durable than normal inline skates, so these skaters have to replace their wheels more often than other skaters.

The courses used by aggressive inline skaters are commonly referred to as Vert, Street, and Park. Vert is when the skaters “drop-in” to a half pipe so that they can gain speed and do tricks when they shoot up and out of the half pipe. Vert skaters usually perform the most amazing and dangerous tricks because they routinely fly more than ten feet or more above the half pipe. Street skating is when skaters use the natural terrain on the streets to perform their tricks. Some of the obstacles used to perform tricks on are handrails, curbs, ditches, and ledges. Street skating is illegal in some areas, but many skaters do not always conform to the laws and skate there anyway. Park skating is basically a combination of Vert and Street. A Park course is usually constructed to have some of the attributes of what skaters can find on the street, but also have small half pipes and boxes that allow skaters to perform some of the higher flying tricks that are harder to perform on the street.

With the increased success of the X games and extreme sports in general, aggressive inline skating has really thrust itself into the mainstream. More and more kids are starting to play extreme sports which means that this sport will just continue to grow. The professionals of the sport continue to strive to out-do one another so the sky is the limit to where tricks will go in the near future.

Submitted by:

Gabriel Adams

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