Slalom skating, as the name suggests, aims to skate through a slalom course.
In most cases, the course is marked out with cones or plastic pylons.
Since skating through the course alone is not much of a challenge, it is supplemented with elaborate turns around the pylons, and changes of direction are also possible.
To make the skates as manoeuvrable as possible for slalom riding, small wheels are used here (68-80 mm diameter). To make the inline skates even more manoeuvrable,
the rails of the skates are rockered. This means that the middle wheels of the rail stick out further or are larger than the outer two wheels.
With this rocker or banana setup, manoeuvrability is significantly increased. The skates are therefore no longer suitable for touring.
Equipped with these agile skates, nothing stands in the way of slalom skating. So everyone, from hobby skiers to professionals, can get their money's worth.
When it comes to professional or competition skating, there are two disciplines: style slalom (IFSA) and freestyle slalom battle.
The first discipline is closely related to classical figure skating. The aim is to skate through the pylons in as artistic a choreography as possible in a time of 1.30 minutes.
The run is then judged by a team of judges. The skate with the most points at the end wins the competition. This type of freestyle slalom battle was first introduced in 2006 at the Slalom Paris World Cup.
In this competition, two groups of skaters always compete against each other.
The skaters always start one after the other, so up to four skaters per team do what they can for 30 seconds each. Always in competition with the other team.
One by one, the two worst skaters are eliminated until only two skaters are left in the final and compete against each other.
In Germany, the first Freestyle Battle took place in 2009. The organiser here is the DRIV (Deutscher Rollsport und Inliner-Verband.
THE RIGHT SIZE & FIT FOR YOUR URBAN SKATES
In urban and freeskating, you change direction quickly, jump and slide. This puts high forces on the material and your body.
It is therefore important that you find the perfect fit. This will prevent blisters and chafing and you will have more fun skating.
The best way to do this is to use our fit guide in three easy steps.
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