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Types of Roller Skates

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Vanilla speed skatesIf you’re used to just renting skates at the roller rink whenever you go skating, you may not have thought much about the different types of skates. However, once you’re ready to buy a pair of skates of your own, you’ll realize that there are many different options in both quad and inline skates. So which type of skate is right for you? Read on to learn the differences between different types of skates, and which ones will work best for you.

Recreational Skates

If you just want to do some leisurely skating at your local skating rink or outside in your neighborhood, choose a skate with a high-top boot. For indoor skating on a smooth roller rink floor, you’ll need harder, narrower wheels, while outdoor skating requires wider, softer (or grippier) wheels to accommodate rough surfaces. In order to ensure a great fit for your skates, visit a skate shop or shoe store to have your foot measured. Searching for closeout deals will help you get a great skate for a great price.

Speed Skates

Speed skates feature a low-cut boot with a strap across the instep, providing ankle support. Inline skates are a popular option, and the design lends itself to skating fast in a straight line. However, if you want a more general purpose skate that allows for speed but is still appropriate for session skating, quad roller skates are the way to go.

Artistic Skates

If you wish to do artistic skating, figure skating, freestyle skating, or dance skating, you’ll need to look for a skate that is extremely lightweight and has soft, grippy wheels. Artistic skating requires a rigid, tall boot in order to support the ankle when executing jumps. However, if you are dance skating, you will want a leather boot that is more flexible in the ankle.

If you are interested in buying your own roller skates, come visit us at InterSkate in Lewisville, TX! Our Skate Outlet is the largest retail skate shop in the world, and you can even shop online with us at Low Price Skates.

Photo: Vanilla Grape-Ade Quad Speed Skates

Basic Roller Skating Moves: Learn to T-Stop

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roller skating techniqueWhether you’re completely new to roller skating or just want to brush up on your skills, we can help you learn to skate with style at our Lewisville roller skating classes. Once you learn some basic techniques, you’ll be able to really enjoy skating and even begin to experiment with more adventurous moves! Take a look at some tips for mastering one of the most important roller skating skills- stopping!

How to stop on roller skates

There are a few basic ways to stop your momentum on roller skates. You can always drop a toe, allowing the toe stop on the end of your skate to stop you, but this method is not recommended. Someone might rip over your extended ankle, injuring the other skater or yourself. Instead, beginning skaters should learn to T-stop. So how does this roller skating move work?

Learning to T-stop

One of the easiest stops to learn, the T-stop is as simple as the name implies. Here’s how to execute this move:

  • Start skating slowly straight ahead.
  • When you are ready to stop, shift your weight to one foot.
  • Lift the other foot and angling your toes outward, away from your body, so that the foot is perpendicular to your skating foot.
  • Lower the perpendicular foot onto the floor about a foot behind the weight-bearing foot, so that all 4 wheels are making contact with the ground. The drag will cause you to come to a stop.

To see this method in action, take a look at the video below.

Are you ready to improve your skating skills? Come visit us at our Lewisville, Texas skating rink to enjoy this healthy activity in an air-conditioned setting with great music, food, and fun!

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Hawaiian Beach Night!

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“Ho’olu komo la kaua” (You’re invited) to a Hawaiian Beach Night at InterSkate on Saturday, July 27th!
There will be costume contest for the most Hawaiian outfit, beach ball Volleyball, a hula hop contest,
a hula dancing contest, free leis (with paid admission) and free drink umbrellas (with tropical drinks)
From 7pm to 10:30pm for only $6!  *Wear your Hawaiian outfits… shorts, shirts, grass skirts, hats, etc
(no bathing suits, bikinis or halter tops allowed)  “Hele mei hoohiwahiwa!” (Come celebrate!)

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CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK!

* No coupons or free passes allowed for this special event.

North Texas Private Skating Parties: Great for Any Occasion

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Lewisville and Frisco TX skate partiesIf you have a special occasion coming up, a private skating party is a great way to celebrate! From birthdays and bachelorette parties to family reunions and church events, our Lewisville skating rink is just the place to throw a party for groups small or large. We have private skate party packages to fit any budget, so take a look at our options and book your party today!

InterSkate Private Roller Skating Parties

Private Parties for Kids: Our private skating parties are a great option to make your child feel super special on his or her birthday! This $325 package includes admission and skate rental for 25 for an hour, and a free InterSkate t-shirt for the birthday person. You can bring in your own food, cake, table set up, and music, or make things easy and order CiCi’s Pizzas for $9 apiece. We can even provide a DJ to make sure your party is a hit.

Basic Private Skating Party: For only $375, treat up to 50 guests to an hour of fun at the skating rink. Just like the children’s private party package, you’ll be able to bring in your own food, table setup, and music, or take advantage of our DJ and CiCi’s Pizzas for only $9/each.

Adult Late Night Skating Package: This $500 package is the same as the Basic Private Skating Party, plus an extra hour of fun. The Adult Late Night Skating Party with Alcohol is $600, and only for guests 21+. Bring in your own beer, wine, or margarita machines! (No liquor allowed.)

Here at InterSkate we have extensive experience with all types of events, so give us a call if one of these private skating party packages doesn’t fit your event just right. We can help you plan and host a great skating event that you and your guests will always remember.