How to skate backwards — for efficiency and speed


All types of boards, long and short, are prone to speed wobbles. Speed wobbles are the result of Self-Exciting Oscillation; at high speed the energy of your velocity will feed into the natural oscillation of your trucks as they try to return to their natural (neutral) position, continually increasing the amplitude.

There are two ways to reduce this effect:

Increase your truck's resistance to oscillation

As mentioned by latetojoin, tightening your trucks and using bushings with a higher durometer will increase resistance to turning. This will increase the critical speed at which the force of your velocity will exceed the point of self-exciting oscillation. This comes at a trade-off of reduced general manoeuvrability, which can be undesirable.

Ride relaxed and confident

Unfortunately, this only comes with experience riding at speed. The natural physical response to the loss of control stemming from speed wobbles is to tighten up in an attempt to stay on the...

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A lot of people know how to skate, but doing it backwards is something they have never tried. Adding this to your kitty will allow you to skate even better, and if you are into ice hockey, it would be extremely useful there too.

The Steps

Skating backwards on ice is a bit difficult but once you master the basics, there's nothing like it.

Stand Straight
The first thing that you need to do is stand straight. If you feel that you are falling backwards, just put your chin up and slightly bend your knees. Don't worry, everyone experiences this problem at the start.

Confidence is What You Need
First things first. The most important step is having enough confidence in yourself and in what you are doing. How can you achieve this? By practice. Just practice rolling backwards down a gentle slop every single day, or just by pushing off from a wall or something of that sort. But before you do that, make sure that the place where you are practicing is...

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Anna Lubell: Im just here to learn how to impress my crush in the hockey team

monsword: Sadly, I can only click "like" button once

Tom Sizesmall: How good is coach Grover?! Awesome

50Sled: This coach is excellent! Wish I could spend a few hours with this guy. My skating would improve immensely.

Yongary Gonanra: he laugh like jimmy fallon 4:19

k2ohana: Thank You sooo much for your video ! I just went backward for the 1st time , thanks to your posting!

Venon Games: I like how he always yells, he's good at yelling

jraybay: Get in there Scotty. Good vid

c fedyszyn: You guys are wonderful teachers. I'm learning to skate from watching your videos.

BadButLoudBassman: You guys do a great job, thanks for those videos! I just subscribed. @ Scott, "17 million crossovers" lol - love the way you talk. Greetings from Germany from a Hannover Indians supporter

M.S: why is he yelling

Kandice Brenner: ok look, I'm a...

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How to Roller skate backwards

Skating backwards can be challenging but an instructor from Expert Village shows us two easy ways to learn. Several important things to keep in mind before you begin is to not be afraid of falling, make sure your body is relaxed, and your knees should not be locked. Now, from a standing position and weight equally distributed on both legs, slowly push your legs out to the side then back again in a sort of figure eight and then repeat. This will slowly propel you backwards. Another way to skate backwards begins with your weight primarily on just one leg. The other leg should push slowly away from your body and back again, tracing just one side of the figure eight. Either method will result in going backwards on...

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Q: What is the difference between in-line skating and "rollerblading"? A: In-line skating is the official term for the sport commonly called "rollerblading" or simply "blading". The commonly misused term of "rollerblading" is due to the company called Rollerblade. Rollerblade wasn't the first to produce in-lines, but managed to popularize in-lines faster and farther than anyone previously (in the States anyway). Rollerblade was the only company in the in-line market for a long time, so they naturally became the market leader. This lead to the generic use of the term "rollerblade" to stand for all in-lines, even if made by different companies. (This is similar to the use of "kleenex", "coke", "xerox", etc.). Q: What are the origins of in-line skates? A: (Merged paraphrased text from Wheel Excitement, The Complete Blader, and Blazing Bladers)

The first in-line model was developed in the early 1700s by a Dutchman who wanted to simulate ice skating in the summer by nailing wooden...

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Hey guys, we’re going to talk about how to skate fast backwards. With backward skating, you want to make sure that your knees are bent, chest is a little bit forward to begin with, and when you get up a lot of speed going backwards, you’re actually using your edges a lot more than when you’re going slow. So we’re actually going to utilize crossing over backwards, and scissors, and one foot scissors, and all those good things all together to make us really get our speed up when we’re skating backwards. Real important to come back to your powerbox, which is right underneath your knees and your hips, once you’re too far out, and then all your weight is in the center, and then that’s when it gets a little crazy out there.

So to start off, when you want to accelerate going backwards, you can either use your crossing over to really push, and remember you’re pushing away from where you’re standing. So I’m going to start and go to the left, I’m actually pushing away from where I was...

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Watch more How to Rollerblade videos Learn how to skate backwards on rollerblades from in-line skater Tim Phang in this Howcast video.Hi, Im Tim Phang. Im 23 years old. Ive been skating for about 12 years. Im from Arlington, Virginia which is right outside of Washington, D.C. Im now sponsored by Universal Skate Design, and Im going to be talking to you about rollerblading. Rolling backwards is one of the things youre gonna want to learn early in skating. A soon as youve mastered skating forwards, turning, and slowing down, youll want to learn how to skate backwards. Skating backwards is also known as riding fakey. So, to learn how to skate backwards, what youre gonna want to do is start out rolling forwards with a little bit of speed, and then step or jump 180 degrees, so then youre rolling backwards. When youre rolling backwards, its really important that you keep your balance, so bend your knees. Also, most people, when they are rolling backwards, like to keep one foot in front...

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Eric Lindal: Thanks for posting, super helpful.

It “VVG” mq: I've noticed that you loose depth perception when going backwards. Because you're looking over the shoulder you're seeing what's right behind only with ONE eye with means the whole world goes flat.

James Mackey City Skater: I have seen this video a million times and I never watched all the way to the end passed the pinto Pony logo.. and today I saw the end LOL nice!

Impractical Brothers: thank you very mucg! I actually know how to skate backwards because of this

philip sebastian wassilli holzhausen: thats like perfect technique! props. i just usualy get speed 180 then drift and just carry on, its a lot easier to do what your showing if you have a small amount of speed and turn, (180 or heck 540 if u can) then that movement comes naturaly, if anyone has trouble , but spot on footing.

Johro66: Damn I'm hard-core..

abdalo barbosa: Muito bom stoppard, you are great !


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MK116Alex: Damn that's some fancy footwork

Salamander Twentyseven: hahhhaahaah thats what she said

Lauren Shepherd: Go bro!!

That one Person: Wow dude! Thank you! Originally I could be able to turn myself around when going at a slow pace and have difficulty gaining back speed but this helped so much!

Mark Ervin: I just bought a pair of skates and I will give this a try.

Max Downs: So I'm already hardcore

DJ Shuffle: As I was practising skating backwards, a friend of mine who's a figure skater gave me a few tips. One of the biggest and best advice he gave me was to... shift my weight to my heels. At first I thought I'd fall backwards but then I found that it helped me to achieve greater speed with less effort, and it improved my balance. Its logical; when you skate forwards, your weight is towards the front/ in the direction of travel. Going backwards is the same concept in reverse; you need to distribute most of your weight to your heels and...

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Hockey is a sport where the ability to skate is combined with an invasion sport. (Soccer and lacrosse are good examples of invasion sports.) I’ve addressed the fact that hockey is really two sports in one before (Ice Hockey: 2 Sports in 1), so I’ll skip that here. But, I do want to tackle our ability as hockey players to learn from sports, and their athletes, that are dedicated to just skating. (And, to steal their knowledge, techniques, and approaches to skating so that we can apply those to hockey.) Next up, speed skating.

Speed skating is exactly what it sounds...

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The skating year of 2011 has been a busy one for me. After being disappointed that the Santa Skate had been snowed off, I was pleased to get out on the streets again for the first Sunday Stroll of the year to Camden. With a crisp blue sky, the promise of sunshine and one of my favourite routes it was the perfect opening skate.

My aims for this year were to be able to master some transitions, learn how to skate backwards and have some other stops up my sleeve so that I can lose my heel-brake dependency. The year looked like it was hotting up even more when I heard about the Le Mans 24 hour skate.

I loved attending the fitness mash-up classes in preparation for Le Mans. Every second of knee-bending and hill-climbing was satisfyingly effective in increasing my speed and efficiency in subsequent skates. Sadly, life and work got in the way of things and I was unable to attend Le Mans.

Work seems to have got in the way of a lot of things this season so I have not...

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I saw quite a lot of tutorials about backward skating -- how to stop, start, turn, spin, crossover, crossunder, you name it. But no single tutorial show how to skate backwards in a "straight" line.

So my question is, assume you have to skate 1 km in a straight line, you no longer learning, it is not an edge drill or whatever, just skating. You have to be efficient (I am not looking for figure skating) -- so time is an important factor. Safety as well, in a sense, that with normal skating you have other skaters behind you (so it is not speed skating in reverse).

The most guys I saw skate in a mini-slalom fashion, they are zig-zaging backwards, without raising their skates off the ice. The trail would not look like

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but rather

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with their butt slightly waving from side to side.

I can skate the same way, but I am wondering if this should be my goal of best (efficiency) skating backwards?

I use ice-hockey...

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Skating backwards is a challenging skill for anyone to learn. The feeling of moving backwards is not natural at first, but with some practice and determination you will get the hang of it. In this article we have two videos for you to help you learn how to skate backwards.

This video is a part of our how to skate series that we have put together to help anyone learn how to skate for hockey!

How to Skate Backwards for Beginners

In this video we give you a simple lesson on how to start skating backwards. We also share a good drill to get used to your balance and the feeling of moving backwards.

How to Skate Backwards, tips, common mistakes, and Backwards starts

In this video we have guest instructor Scott Grover teaching you how to skate backwards. Scott gives you some simple tips to get used to the feeling, and then we go into more detail, we talk about common mistakes, and also cover how to get speed with backwards crossover...

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General Power Skating

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All Sports Are The Same

When force is applied correctly, powerfully and explosively, with exact timing, the result is power. When power is combined with quickness (rapid motion) the result is speed (of the self, of the puck, of the ball or other object).

Catch or be Caught

How do you know if someone is a fast skater? The best way to find out is always by having a race. And the type of race that most often stands out in a game is the race between a skater on a break away and one back checking.

How the Skate Blades Function

Edges have multiple functions.

Blade edges are designed to cut into the ice. Because blades are rockered (have a radius) they are also designed to curve. Therefore, edges have two functions: To create a grip into the ice and set up the possibility for a powerful push, and To travel a curved...
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Backward Skating

As published in USA Hockey Magazine, Coaches Playbook Section, 02/06.

Backward skating is obviously a very important skill to master for Ice Hockey… and that goes for both Defensemen and Forwards. The skating fundamentals needed to be a better skater when going forward, such as deep knee bend, bodyweight centered over the skates, 100% power on each push, etc., are very much the same when going backwards.

A common myth in hockey is that only Defensemen need to be strong backward skaters. While it is true that for a lot of the game a Defenseman will skate more backwards than a Forward, it is still vital that Forwards make every attempt to master backward skating techniques.

The speed of the game is such that Forwards are required to make quick change of directions as well as controlled backward to forward moves necessary to stay...

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Do a crossover turn.

Start by gliding to gain some momentum. When you're ready to turn, do so by crossing on skate over the other and using it to push off in the new direction. For instance, if you're turning left, cross your right skate over your left skate, turn your body toward the left, and push off with your right skate in the left direction. Turn your shoulders in the direction you want to go, and lean into the turn to help keep your balance. Make sure to keep your knees bent a little so that you're more stable.

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