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12-06-2011, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Gino 14 View Post
Look straight behind, the top of the dashers is a good focal point, and keep your weight low on your skates. Wear a helmet to protect your head, catching an edge and mashing your head is no good for you.
Look behind? I'd make sure nobody was behind me, but I'd be looking in front of me.

OP, as another poster said, I'd become proficient skating forwards, pivoting and stopping before I focus on skating backwards. But if you insist, my advice would be to think low and wide. Don't lean back, get low and stick your butt back, keep your feet wide and use your edges just like you would if skating forward, i.e, deep, wide C-cuts, pushing out to the side and pumping your arms out in front of you. If you don't know what a C cut is, I would reiterate that you should work on forward skating first.

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