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How To Stop On Roller Skates: The Ultimate Guide 

You skate on a rollerblade. To experience freedom and pleasure while roller skating, you must know how to stop. We will look at your foundational knowledge. We have compiled the best techniques for improvement, regardless of how skilled you are at skating.

History of the roller skating is full of turns, depending on the era, the sport being played, or fashions. As much as their names change, so do braking types. Let’s share our collective skating experience, shaped by our opinions and knowledge. With the exception of braking on the toe stops, which are unique accessories to the quad skate, these techniques can be used on both inline and quad skates.

How to Stop on Roller Skates

Toe Stop Drag

The simplest way to stop on roller skates is with the toe stop drag. With this technique, you balance more of your weight on one leg to create a “drag” that is both light enough to drag and heavy enough to slow you down.

• Bend your front knee and balance more of your weight on this leg (about 80%)
• Allow the back skate’s toe stopper to scrape against the front skate, which will eventually cause you to slow down.
• The foot inside the sliding skate should also be pointed like a ballerina, and your back knee should be bent (try it; it works like magic).

Heel Brake Stop

For easier emergency stops and steeper downhill slopes, some quad skates have a heel brake at the back (similar to inline skates).

• Start by bringing both skates together and bending both knees.
• Put 70% of your weight on one skate, roll the other skate in front of you with the brake on the heel, and then brake when the front skate’s wheel is just past the back skate’s front wheel.
• Keep it in that position and let it slide along the ground so that the brake is close to the back skate’s front wheel.
• Due to the fact that your weight is behind the brake, this will stop you more quickly and easily than the toe stop drag.


On roller skates, it’s one of the best methods to stop, but on inline skates, it won’t be as simple. Furthermore, because it calls for strong core muscles and good balance, I wouldn’t advise using this technique if you are just learning to roller skate. Only people who have a strong sense of balance and have practiced for a long time will be able to pull this off.

• To keep your balance, you should first bend both of your knees.
• Then, while still remaining balanced, put your suit leg in front and shift your weight to that leg.
• Then, while concentrating and switching your body weight from the back leg to the front leg, lift your back foot into the air. (Getting this posture can be quite difficult for beginners, so make sure you practice as much as you can before moving forward)
• Your back foot should be 90 degrees perpendicular to the air. Lower it to the ground gradually.
• Apply light pressure to the back of your foot, which is parallel to your front foot, as you stand in this position.
• Drag your back foot back and forth until you stop or reach the desired speed. You can then raise your back foot and position it so that it points in the same direction as your front leg.

This technique has a lot of steps, but once you master them, you can complete them all quickly and stop in a matter of seconds, depending on your speed.

Plough Stops

Sliding Plough Stop

Before attempting these stopping techniques, you should be aware that they are not the quickest technique. Even though it takes a while, this method can stop you without a doubt. When riding downhill, you should also avoid using this technique.

Make both of your feet wider than your shoulders in order to perform this. Your body should be straight, and your legs should be just slightly bent at the knees. Apply pressure to the heels of the skates as you slow them down.

Stepping Plough Stop

The technique and posture are very similar to the sliding plough stop. The only difference in this exercise is that after bending your knees and shoulders, you keep your toes on the inside and your heels on the outside.

As you maintain this position, both skates move in closer proximity to one another, creating friction. Additionally, exercise caution when using this technique because doing so quickly could result in a fall.

Slalom Stop

This method of stopping roller skates is quite sophisticated and stylish. Therefore, only try this technique if you have some experience and can balance and ride the skate with ease.

In order to turn the skates to one side with parallel feet, one must first continue moving forward on them. Once the skating begins moving forward in that direction, it should change to the opposite direction and go through the same motions.

If you keep doing this, you will be able to stop your skates with ease. Just be careful to keep a good balance while doing this.

One Toe Stop Going Backwards

To begin with, in order to use this technique, you must be skating backward and have a toe stopper on your skates.

You can accomplish this by first skating backward and then bending your knees slightly to skate forward. After that, you should touch one skate toe to the ground. In addition, you’ll notice the skates slowing down and stopping if you continue to exert force as needed.

Two Toe Stop Going Backwards

There is another technique that is somewhat similar to the one-toe stop technique described above, but it is also quite complicated and risky. We, therefore, advise perfecting the one-toe stopper method before learning this technique.

Backward while bending both knees the same as when stopping one toe is how to do this. Until the skates stop, push the toe side of the skates in the direction of the ground.

With this technique, you can stop your skates more quickly, but you must use all the appropriate safety equipment, such as elbow and knee pads, helmets, and knee pads.

Power Slide

One of the most complex roller skating moves, but to execute it, you need to be very balanced and at ease skating backward.

First, step backward while slightly bending your knees to accomplish this. Turn one foot 90 degrees and place it behind the front leg that is pressing after that. On roller skates, this makes stopping simple.

Hockey Stop

Hockey need not stop just because you do. One of the fastest and safest breaks for stopping quickly, but it’s also very challenging to master.

Keep moving forward at first. Once you’ve stopped abruptly, curve your feet outward. When doing this, be sure to keep one foot slightly in front of the other. You can stop sooner as a result of this.

Learning this technique might feel a little overwhelming, but once you do, it’s a lot of fun and looks awesome.

How To Stop On Roller Skates: The Ultimate Guide 

For Starters – Basic Stops

Use Knee Pads to Stop

You obviously need to wear safety gear, such as knee pads, as a beginner. This tip won’t work if you aren’t wearing safety gear to stop your skates.

As a result, while riding, you must bend one knee, keep balance with the other foot, and then touch the ground with that knee. You can stop quickly because the knee pad of one of your feet will contact with the ground.

Well, this might be the end of your knee pads, but when you’re learning the fundamentals, like how to turn on roller skates, you might run into unexpected obstacles and have to stop. At that point, these stopping techniques are excellent for beginners.


Although you must practice to become skilled, the technique also perfectly slows down your riding speed.

With this technique, you place one foot slightly curled and turn fully with the other foot to stop. Your forward motion will become circular as a result, making it impossible for you to advance. Instead, you will slowly come to a stop as you rotate in place.

Close Note: Various Techniques

These are the various techniques you can use to slow down or stop on roller skates. You don’t need to look for those if you also have inline skates because we’ve added some techniques that are applicable to them.

On quad skates, you can combine any of these stopping techniques. For instance, the T-Stop slows me down by 50%, and a few steps into a stepping plough bring me to a graceful stop. Sequencing stops can also lessen the wear on your wheels during sliding stops. replacing brakes is less expensive than replacing wheels.

We sincerely hope that our comprehensive guide to stopping on roller skates has helped you. By using this technique, we invite you to share your experience in a comment so that others can gain knowledge from it as well.

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