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Cursed Skates

skatey-mark's picture

Saw the title of the auction and just had to read it... Poor guy...

 

Cursed K2 Inline Cadence Skates

 

It's a shame he'd give up after one bad experience, but I'm sure there are many who gave up after suffering much less than he did...

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kjg's picture

Would it be mean...

Would it be mean to suggest it may be his skating ability that should be in question?
eebee's picture

Beginners need lessons too!

Very interesting point about the poor guy who dislocated his knee and is now selling his 'cursed' skates. Unfortunately most people don't realise that to skate with any proficiency, you need lessons. It's not at all like riding a bike. It's much more complicated and just because you may be at the point where you don't fall as much, doesn't mean you're any safer!

 

So many people have said to me "Oh I have a pair of rowlerrblaydes" (aaarrgghhh!), "But I can't even get down my driveway in them without falling. I'm just no good at rowlerrblayding". Not one to strike up conversation with complete strangers, I go through an instant personality change to tell these people "Oh I wasn't able to do that either until I had lessons with a professional inline skating coach". I make sure to stress to them that inline skating isn't something you're just born doing, that knowing how to brake, how to balance, how to stroke, how to swing your arms or put them on your back, how to bend your knees, etc., makes all the difference in the world. I know I'm preachin' to the choir here but there may be a curious visitor out there who reads this and has an 'Ahah' moment, digs their Salomon's out of the closet, calls a local coach and tries again (don't forget your helmet!).

skatey-mark's picture

you got it...Eddy Matzger Workshop or certified instructors

Yeah... there are defintiely exceptions to the rule (like my friend that got me into rowlerblayding, who was pretty much able to do everything but heel brake from the moment he put on the skates the first time...) During my "rec skating" days, I was self-taught and I know I went the first 5 years without being able to heel brake! (Good thing Michigan is flat and has soft ground to jump into!) I finally taught myself to brake when I moved down to North Carolina and jumping onto the sun-baked clay (even with grass on it) did nothing to slow me down!

 

One day, after I had been rec skating for 10 or so years, I attended my first workshop. I learned more in the first half of the first day than I had been able to figure out on my own in ten years. I considered myself a halfway decent skater before the workshop, but it really opened my eyes. That weekend was one continuous "Aha moment" for me! If I had only gotten some real instruction 10 years earlier, I could have saved myself a lot of trial and error along the way!

 

My recommendation to anyone who is just starting is to find a certified instructor to show you the basics and practice, practice, practice... As soon as you're comfortable with the basics, go to an Eddy Matzger workshop. It makes all the difference in the world!

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