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02-22-2013, 02:59 PM
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Shanahanigans
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Skate a lot like other posters have said. Don't even think of contact until you're a good enough skater to handle it. I started skating at outdoor rinks at 15 (I'm 20 now) and I still don't know if I'm ready for contact lol.

It's really the funnest thing you can do. There's hundreds of outdoor rinks here in Edmonton scattered everywhere so I go almost daily. Learning a lot of skating techniques is tough but its well worth it (Backwards crossovers and weak side stops are being a ***** to me right now, lol.)

I've never done classes but I've heard power skating classes can be very helpful. Also, Youtube videos are a good resource, I learned a lot about skating through them.

Good luck!

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