--- Learn Slalom Tricks ---
go ahead with learning FOOTGUN. It’s my favourite
trick. It has different name around the world : cafetiere,
footgun, coffee machine, shoot-the-duck… Each
person will have personal facilities or difficulties
about performing this trick, but this general method
will help. Just spend the time you personally
need for each step.
Slaloming one foot forward. If not, learn this trick first, starting from the
foot gun would not be efficient.
Step 1 : Sitting
First step is about entering the sitting tricks family.
Set your 2 feet parallel, Keep your 2 feet on the floor,
Flex your leg, Bend your arms forward horizontal, and
let your hips go below the level of your knee. Your
legs should not wave inside or outside, they should
just remain parallel without touching one another.
First time you might fall backward. If you do so, balance
your arm far ahead,
balance your shoulders ahead – they should actually be over your knees,
your head should be forward compared to your feet level. If this is still too
difficult, hang something heavy while doing this. If this exercise is too easy,
let your hips go down until your leg is totally flexed, you can also wear a
backpack and try again, or just go ahead next step. This exercise will develop
your ankle flexibility.
Step 2 : Skating
Since your able to do it on shoes, put your skates on. Start with an average
speed, drive straight ahead, and repeat this exercise while skating. Remember
to wear your wrist guards at first. If you are not comfortable, remember to
put your chest on your knee, and balance your weight forward. Some skaters
also raise their heel by adding some centimetres in between the frame and the
heel of the skate shell.
If you feel comfortable, you might be able to skate ahead some 20 meters. Let’s
go ahead then.
Step 3 : Footgun position
Start with an average speed, drive straight ahead, keep balance forward, bend
one leg straight ahead (no flex), this leg should be ahead, not on
the side. Take the toe of your shell with your hand (right foot right hand
foot left hand), it helps. Your skate should be vertical : the toe up,
heel down. Keep this position driving straight for 10 meters, than 20
At first, the top body is balanced forward, when you feel safe from falling backward,
raise it up, remember to bend your leg.. When you feel more comfortable with
your balance, start with an average speed, drive straight ahead until your speed
is very low : this will help to have the right position.
|Step 4 : Slaloming
Start with an average speed, set average speed and balance your weight right
and left. The skate you hold in your hand will help. Set it right to turn right – left
to turn left. This exercise will help to drive your trick the direction you
want. Since you can wave, give a try average speed on the 120cm slalom.
When you feel comfortable with driving right-left, you feel your “skating” foot
(the foot which is currently skating) moving right or left. In this second exercise,
the skating foot is turning right – left without balancing aside. The top
body remains up and the skating foot is driving the slalom.
Step 5 : Perform Footgun
Put your shoes on. Stand up, bend one leg forward horizontal, hold it with your
hand (right foot right hand or left foot left hand). Now flex the other leg
until the lowest point, while keeping the first leg horizontal. You need to
control your body going down, in order to avoid the fall. When you down, stand
up with one leg, while keeping the first leg horizontal. Repeat this exercise
Put your skates on, and do the same exercise. Drive average speed, bend one
leg forward horizontal, hold your skate, and flex your other leg, until you
the footgun position. Stand up again & repeat this exercise 3 times.
-> Now you can launch the trick & perform
it on the cones.