Emily wrote ...
> It's very annoying, I can't slalom.
> I don't need to be cool on cones, I just want to steer left and right
> withOUT losing speed.
> A friend of mine, beginner as I am, can do quick and short right-left
> AND gain speed.
> I don't. :-(
It is also probably very annoying that no one took you seriously and gave a
I hope that this helps.
The basic slalom move is done with both feet side by side similar to skiing.
The keys to doing it are:
Keeping your body and joints loose so that you flow with the moves.
Keeping your knees bent and push with your heels (same as with skating in
Using your knees and hips to steer through the cones. They do most of
the motion with your upper body staying relatively still.
Bending your knees between turns and extending them as you push out with
your heels is your source of power to keep or increase your speed.
It may help your learning to practice if you try to get the motion down
before trying to do it between every cone.
Try it on a trail or between every other cone at first. When you get a feel
for the motion, it will become much more fluid and you will be able to
shorten up the length of your turns.
You may be standing too straight and just trying to steer through the turns
rather than getting low and pushing your feet through them.
> I also feel that if I skate in a round skatepark (that is, a circle of
> smooth concrete) in a clockwise way, I fell MUCH more comfortable than
> it counterclockwise. Maybe my left foot is weaker and tends to lose
Almost everyone has a stronger side. Mine is definitely my right. If I am
doing a parallel turn, I do it much better to the right where the right foot
leads and does most of the work. If I am doing crossovers (which I do not
do much of), left is better since the right foot needs to do the more
coordinated work. The only way to even them up is to force yourself to use
the weak side more often.