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Inline Aggressive Skate or Aggressive Inline Skating – Take your pick!

Whatever term you prefer to choose, Aggressive inline skating is an extreme sport, performed on specially designed inline skates with a focus on tricks, stunts and style.

Inline Aggressive skating is a form of skating where stunts and tricks like jumps, grinds, slides and flips form the basis for all of the skating manoeuvres.

Aggressive skaters slide on edges and ledges, jump over barriers, rotate in the air like gymnasts and defy gravity. These manoeuvres can be extremely dangerous, and is given an “X” sport classification.

The equipment used by aggressive skaters usually includes small, relatively soft inline skate wheels that help skaters accelerate and decelerate quicker and promotes better skate control for stunts and manoeuvres.

Aggressive skates are slower and the less durable soft wheels need more frequent replacement than other inline skate wheels.

3 Types of Inline Aggressive Skating
1. Street
Street skating or free-style skating, is where the skater performs tricks by utilising features existing in an everyday environment. This involves grinding along handrails and concrete ledges, jumping stairs and ‘ramping’ off of embankments. Street skaters usually do less high-flying stunts, because the structural elements that they have restrict them.

2. Park
This style often emphasises the technical side of aggressive inline, focusing on the variety of tricks a skater can do and encouraging skaters to connect each trick.

Skate parks often feature quarter pipes and half-pipes, curved ramps and other features that are not usually found in a regular urban setting.

3. Vertical
Also commonly known as Vert in street slang. Aerial stunts and manoeuvres are executed when a skater drops into a half pipe structure that becomes vertical at the top. Skaters use the structure to build speed and then perform stunts as they pop up several feet above the half pipe structure.

As the sport evolved, skate companies started manufacturing wheels that were intentionally undersized, in order to facilitate grinding. The undersized wheels are called anti-rockers.

Since some skaters skate with only two wheels on each skate, some frames are designed to match this called a free-style frame.

Safety
Safety gear such as helmets, guards and crash pads should be ‘de rigeur’. Skaters should protect themselves with adequate protective gear and arm themselves with learning both basic and advanced skating techniques especially on how to fall and land safely.

This is particularly relevant to young skaters who are attracted by the ability to perform tricks and impress their friends and families.

Therefore get expert help and advice from your local Inline aggressive skate store to avoid the risk of permanent injury.

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