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12-16-2009, 03:11 PM
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1) Any boot in that price range should serve your needs. I've used Bauer skates all my life, and I have no complaints beyond the little bony growths on my feet

2) Go to free skate if you can find open ice. They typically encourage you to skate around in a circle, and if there isn't enough room you'll be forced to follow the pattern. You'll want to skate both ways, and find room to work on your stopping, turning, backwards skating, etc.

As far as learning to skate without an instructor goes, there is a lot of instructional video online... but without someone to watch you and correct you when you make a mistake, your mileage may vary.

3) Have fun and stick with it. Learning to skate can be INCREDIBLY frustrating. Don't be afraid to fall... you won't get better if you don't push yourself. I can guarantee you this much: you will fall, you will fall again, and you will fall some more after that.

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