Aggressive inline skating

Popular with teenagers and adults young-at-heart is the sport of aggressive inline skating. Aggressive Inline Skating is a form of Inline Skating and can be classed as an extreme sport. Specially designed inline skates are stronger than normal inline skates, due to the stress a skater places on them by the tricks they perform.

Skinny, stretchy jeans, t-shirts, beanies, a helmet, along with wrist, elbow, and knee pads are all part of the aggressive inline attire.

Rail-trails. West.
Berkeley, Calif. : Wilderness Press, 2009.
This rail-trail guide provides detailed maps and descriptions of a variety of trails in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Many of the former railroad corridors are paved, some run through cities and towns, some run through tunnels, others offer wide expanses of terrain, and others provide a combination of many of these features. The guide also offers driving directions to trailheads and other useful information for hikers, cyclists, skaters, and others who want to explore the trails. The book was created by 19 experts assembled by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Advanced inline skating
by Liz Miller.
Camden, Me. : Ragged Mountain Press, 2000.
"Liz Miller has really done something special. Advanced In-Line Skating gives the reader a taste of all the wonderful possibilities a pair of in-line skates can provide. It will be a great resource."--Kris Simeone, Inline Certification Program Director, International Inline Skating Association "Liz Miller's passion for the sport of in-line skating comes across clearly in Advanced In-Line Skating. This is the most complete resource for skaters of all abilities and includes all they need to reach their next level. Liz leaves no gray areas in explaining even the smallest details of every in-line discipline with factual, up-to-date information and resources. I recommend this book to everyone, even beginners, for a comprehensive overview of in-line skating."--Suzanne Nottingham, Examiner, IISA Instructor Certification Program, coauthor of Fitness In-Line Skating "This book cracks open the world of in-line skating for those looking for more than straight-line skating on their local bike path. As people look for innovative ways to reduce stress, have fun, and get and stay fit, Advanced In-Line Skating delivers a timely guide to getting the most from a pair of skates."--Adam Steer, Director, In-Line Certification Program, Canada "This book is the next logical step after Get Rolling. It's brimming with well-written, advanced skating techniques and key exercises to help transform you into the skater you want to be. It covers everything from speedskating, roller hockey, agressive, downhill, hybrid sports to essential safety tips, shopping advice, definitions of skate terminology and just improving and sharpening your rolling-around skills. Pack this book (with your helmet) in your skate bag and take it with you to the trail, road, or rink. It rocks and so will you!"--Jim Fink, Seattle Skate Patrol
In-line skating
Mark Powell, John Svensson.
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c1998.
In-line skating is the fastest growing recreational sport in the world. More than 30,000 copies of the first edition of this book have been sold since 1993, while participation in the sport has increased more than 500 percent. This second edition covers the latest trends in equipment, technique, roller hockey, racing, aggressive skating, and more. 107 illus.

The activity is referred to as rollerblading. Skate parks will have a variety of ramps, rails, tables and benches for the skater to practice new tricks and stunts known as grinds and drops. What might  appear as a jump with twisted feet, in the skater's world, has specific name. It all depends on how your feet are placed during and on landing a jump.

Parts of the skate

A boot shell is made of hard material and a soft lining forms the inner layer.

Wheels that are on the soft side provide a smoother ride.

Quality bearings allow for quick rotation of the wheels.

Frame types for certain wheel setups allow differnt ways to grind.

Skaters will film other skater friends when they skate together. Adding music when they edited their film clips, the videos are shared amongst their fellow aggressive inline skater friends. Some of the best skaters get a following as others seek to imitate their techniques.

For parents worried about their teenagers, most indoor aggressive skate parks are monitored.  Strict rules need to be followed. Just like riding a bicycle, the number of injuries experienced will depend on the skaters' personal abilities and skills in skating. The more experience the better!

The thrill of jumping onto a high handrail and grinding it keeps skaters coming back for more, even if they might have taken a few spills in their lifetime!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff