Leisure Update – Inline Skating in Vienna
I have to admit it’s been a while since I last stood on inline skates. To be precise, it must have been about 15 years ago when I used to play inline hockey in front of my parents’ house together with my friends.
Luckily the lovely lads from K2 called me up and asked me to try out their newest pair of skates. So finally, after 15 years I got to cruise on inline skates again. And after a few minutes of accustoming to the feeling of standing on rolls again, the fun came back and I really felt like taken back in time. I completely forgot what a great combination of workout and leisure fun inline skating was. If you want to do it right, it really is a full body exercise and a great cardio workout as well. On top it’s just a great feeling to pace through nature with a cool summer breeze on your face.
But Where To Go Inline Skating In Vienna?
For all of you living in Vienna, my recommendation is to take the time and head out to „Donauinsel“ (Danube Island). You’ll find beautiful bike-/walkways all the way up and down the island right through the green and right along the river. It’s an unbeatable ambiance out there and due to the long, even lanes it’s simply perfect for some kick-ass rollerskating. Also if you’re more into freestyling there’s also a skatepark right underneath Reichsbrücke where you can show off your skills on ramps and rails.
Also the missus & I went out there with our buddy Maximilian Salzer to take some shots of our Inline Skating Adventure. As you can see, although we can still work on our posture, the fun-factor is top when we’re skating together. And after some sprints and me trying to impress the missus with some of my former skating skills, we even got to take a well deserved at the riverbank. So if you’re bored of the usual daily run, maybe gear up with a pair of K2’s and speed things up a little :). It’s a nice workout, it’s great to relax and let go of your thoughts, it’s outdoor and it’s a hell lot of fun.
As to the skates I got to rock the Uptown Inline Skates by K2. These skates really left a very high quality impression on me. They combine a soft and comfortable boot with firm and strong stance through an additional buckle cuff closure. Their short frame makes the K2 Uptown Skates extremely easy to handle and maneuver. In combination with the cutting edge design in black/silver/lime they make for the ultimate lifestyle skates.
Furthermore here are 4 tips for inline skating beginners
- Pick skates that fit. It is important your skates fit you properly. Make sure they are not too loose but neither should they pinch you. Personally I always go half a number up to my usual shoe size. So while I wear 42 with sneakers I’d pick a 42.5 for my skates. Before hitting the street also make sure your skates are properly fastened with all cuffs fixed.
- Choose a safe environment for your first meters on skates. Ideally look for an even and open space with a smooth underground. Don’t go down hill and risk not being able to break right away and take things easy. Try to get a good feeling for the skates.
- Learn the Basic techniques. Most importantly you should be able to gain speed, safely change direction and break. To accelerate, basically think of it as making long steps including smooth pushing movements with the tip of your foot slightly facing outwards. Bending your knees a bit will help you with finding your balance on the skates. Depending wether your skates have a break or not you can either use the break or simply drag one of your foots behind you in a sidewards position with the rolls touching on the ground.
- Last but not least, although Inline Skating is all about having fun and a good time, never forget about using proper protection, in particular a helmet. Additionally, for beginners, I strongly recommend using pads.
*ALL PICS BY MAXIMILIAN SALZER
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