Tutorial Tuesday : Stopping backwards using your toe stops

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday.

This one is a little shorter than last week, but should still give you plenty to work on. With a month-long lockdown looming, we are making preparations to support you as much as possible. There will be a range of online classes, to suit different levels and skills, as well as crafternoons and we obviously need to bring back our Friday Night Social.

We are still allowed to skate outside (when it's dry, skating in the rain is really slippery and not good for bearings), so this week's tutorial is to support you with stopping.

Don't you find that you feel more confident when you know you can stop? There is that short moment of realisation as an adult learning to roller skate that you are going to fast and the only thing to do is fall over. Stopping is definitely harder than going and worth spending time on.

Using your toe stops to stop.

We highly recommend you learn to use them to stop when you are facing backwards, as the flat face of the stop will make maximum contact with the floor and you will stop effectively. Using the stopper in this way also means you will apply even pressure to the toe stop, rather than dragging it behind you which will cause stress to one side more than the other.

Basic stop using your toe stops.

Straighten your back leg and push it out behind you, so you are in a lunge position.

Keep your chest and shoulders upright.

Weight should be mostly over the front leg.

Continue to push your back leg out until your heel starts to lift and your toe stop touches the floor. By continuing to lift your heel you will push harder into the floor (producing a firmer stop).

Finally put the front toe stop down by lifting the front heel.

Make sure you engage the back toe stop first, before the front, even if it is quite quick.

When skating down hills, using the back toe stop as a brake to control your speed is really useful.

One-foot toe-stop stop

This is pretty good fun and actually easier than it looks or sounds!

You need to make sure you are very comfortable with engaging the back toe stop when you are stopping. Instead of engaging the front toe stop, lift the front foot.

When you've mastered the balance point, you can start practicing some flouncier poses !

Two-feet together toe stop

This one feels different to the first stop, as the balance area is much smaller. When you stop, make sure you bend your knees. The speed you are going will determine how much you need to bend your knees.


Practise turning and stopping .

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!

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