If you're a roller skating newbie whatever age you may be, for sure you are daydreaming about pulling off some cool moves. You may think that you're still far away from doing a cool trick or two but you are not totally without hope. There are some tricks that one can do even if you haven't been practicing roller skating for years and years. The most important thing however is to remember to always be safe. Even as a beginner that hasn't been practicing roller skating that long, you must already have protective gear for yourself.

While tricks can seem like they are for experts there are tricks you can do with only a few weeks of practicing under your belt. Luckily, there are some tricks that really aren't all that hard to pull off and someone that has been skating for a bit can pull them off with a lot of practice and patience. A lot of times you may fall down or stumble while trying to do a trick but it is important to keep trying. You may not want to put a Youtube compilation of your finest tricks just yet, however, if you follow this guide you can find the confidence to keep trying more and more difficult attempts.

There is a lot of preparation that is needed before you start to skate, and information you need as well, if you follow everything, and get what you need you won't have much problem becoming a very good roller skater!

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What You Need Before You Start to Do Tricks

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There are some accessories you'll need before you start doing tricks. Source: Unsplash

There are some tricks that don't require you to be an expert, however, you shouldn't just run outside and try to attempt a bunch of different roller skating moves. There are a few accessories that you should really have before attempting what you want to do.

Roller Skating Accessories and Gadgets

Before anything you will need to buy protective gear for yourself, aside from roller skates, you will, of course, need things to keep you safe, you can easily find accessories for yourself when you want to start roller skating. Here is a shortlist of accessories you'll need to keep you safe for when you take a spill.

  • Helmet
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads

You can read our guide here about accessories and gadgets you will need as a roller-skating beginner. There is also a guide that covers the cost of these accessories and more.

Roller Skating Experience

One roller skating tip that you should keep in mind is while these are roller skating tips for beginners is that you will need at least some experience before beginning to attempt tricks. Of course, you can still be a beginner when you attempt these types of tricks but you probably won't be able to accomplish finishing any of them unless you go and practice a bit.

As you are learning how to roller skate it will be important to get some tips on ways to learn and the things you need to do to make sure you keep learning and learning quickly.

  • Learn to fall
  • learn to bend your knees while skating
  • Practice at least 2 hours a week

In another blog post you can read about tips and advice, however, when it comes to doing tricks learning how to fall will be extremely important. Falling is an inevitable part of learning how to skate and learning how to fall properly will be important for your safety and confidence. If you learn how to fall correctly you will be able to avoid an injury and be able to get right back up and keep on skating.

For your own confidence being able to avoid injury will be extremely important. A big reason why many people give up on skating, especially young learners, is the frustration they receive when they hurt themselves while falling down. Using accessories to help yourself avoid injury and learning how to fall correctly before you attempt tricks will help keep your confidence to keep attempting to skate and do new tricks.

Find a Local Skatepark to Practice Your Skating

If you live in a city, finding a skatepark, which is an area that is a place to roller skate or skateboard should be pretty easy to do. Most cities nowadays have a skatepark, which would be extremely helpful to you in your quest to become a good roller skater. The best and most important things are that it's free and there is space for you to roller skate.

If you live in a more rural area you can probably still find a skatepark in some town close by if there is not one already in your hometown. Skate parks are great as roller skating rinks offer you a place to practice as well, however, to enter you would need to pay and they don't offer you the space you'd need to practice and learn different tricks.

Easy Roller Skating Tricks

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There are quite a few roller skating tricks for beginners you can learn easily. Source: Pexels

So there are quite a few different tricks that you can pull off as a beginner. While you won't be able to join a competition like the X Games anytime soon as someone just starting out you can probably be able to perform some of these more simple tricks and keep improving and feeling confident as a roller skater.

Before we mention different tricks, we have to mention that there are roller skates and rollerblades. Roller skates have four wheels set up in a quad formation while roller blades are set up in a straight line.

Tricks for Roller Skates

Spinning

So what exactly is this trick? Well simply put it's spinning. Spinning is quite an easy trick to learn, and of course, spinning on roller skates you don't need to push yourself to be spinning like an Olympic ice skater from the jump you can practice little by little.

To start off make sure you are bending your knees and keeping your feet at shoulder width, then start to spin your arms and go with the momentum and start spinning.

Another important tip for trying to complete this trick is to make sure you have plenty of space so you don't accidentally smack anyone!

Backward Skating

As the name suggests you'll be skating in the opposite direction. For this trick simply bend at the knees point your feet in a V-shape and start to push backward, like any trick make sure you are checking behind you for other skaters that could happen to be in your way.

One-Foot Skating

One foot skating is one of the easier of the easy tricks to learn. What you need to do for this trick is simply lift one of your legs and keep your balance on the skate you have planted on the ground. Trying out this trick at first can be really difficult and you may only be able to keep your balance for a few seconds, but after a few attempts, you will be able to keep going for much longer periods of time.

Tricks for Rollerblades

Wheelie

For this trick on roller blades, you will do a wheelie, a trick that is typically done on bicycles or scooters. You will need to put move and then put one foot in front of the other and lift from the back so that the front part of your feet are not touching the ground. You may fall back a few times, a helmet and elbow pads are strongly recommended.

Skating on One Foot

Just like on roller skates, skating on one foot is quite an easy trick to learn. However, finding your balance could be a bit more difficult than on the quad wheeled roller skates. Make sure you are able to practice finding balance and have plenty of space to practice. You may be only able to go on one foot for a few seconds the first few times but after practicing you can do it more comfortably and for longer periods of time.

Practicing Roller Skating Tricks With a Tutor

If you want to learn faster and get tips for performing tricks, practicing with a private tutor is a great way to do so. On Superprof you will be able to find a private tutor in your area that has experience with roller skating and has experience teaching new roller skaters how to do some new and easy tricks.

Learning how to roller skate and being able to do some cool tricks is something that can be learned faster and more efficiently thanks to online help and help from an expert.

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