Ice Skating vs Rollerblading – Which one is harder?
What’s up guys and gals!
Today let’s discuss a common question among beginners about ice skating and rollerblading. Ice skating or Rollerblading, which one is harder? I will help you to break down some of the general facts showing the differences between the two types.
I am sure that each type will have its advance moves/tricks. However, through these differences, I hope you have a clear picture and decide which one is best for you.
Let’s go together on this journey!
Rollerblading – Rollerskating:
In my opinion, rollerblading is a more relaxing sport and easy to adopt!
It is not because you are inexperienced, but there are lots of potential risks on the road. Compared to ice skating, you are actually safer when ice skating within the ice parameter. Yes, you might fall a lot, but that is all the possible risks.
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While rollerblading, you won’t know for sure when you roll over rough rocks or getting hit by a messy driver. It is best that you rollerblading on the pedestrian street or skateparks. Therefore, you have just reduced the accident risks by half.
Now we can discuss the rollerblading techniques!
Rollerblading consists of many disciplines, since there are so many places have flat surfaces, rails, inclines, etc. In this topic, I will cover two major disciplines are: inline skate (aggressive inline) and freestyle.
As you have already known, ice skating will require you to skate on an ice park, arena, tracks, etc. Even if you don’t have one of those playgrounds, there is a chance that you can ice skating on a frozen lake in winter.
You actually only need a pair of rollerblades (or also called rollerskates). The difference between rollerblades and rollerskates is only depending on the physical construction. The moves and learning tricks are still the same.
So you don’t need to worry too much about this aspect!
Compared to ice skating, you can roller skates on the street, as long as there are flat surfaces. This helps to expand your playground, you can rollerblade to school or work without having a sweat.
This gives rollerblading its first plus points!
The second point, it is easier to maintain your balance on rollerblades rather than ice skates. Rather than standing on a slim piece of metal, you have wheels which are more stable to stand on.
Therefore, you minimize the risk of falling and become familiar with the sport even faster. In average, it would only take you one to two weeks rollerblading comfortably. Though I highly recommend you wear protective gears when rollerblading outside.
However, watch out for the thin ice! Don’t just think if you can walk on a frozen lake then you can do ice skating. There are people who specialize in determining which ice surface is safe for ice skating.
So be warned and don’t put yourself in unnecessary risks!
Besides having a reliable ice surface, you will need a pair of ice skating boots (or ice skates for short). Make sure you consult with your seller for the most suitable ice skates of your needs.
About the sport itself, ice skating is a fun experience and it is put into two categories: Freestyle and Dance. Both styles, you can either choose to perform solo or having a partner to skate with.
Freestyle skating, as you might have guessed, it consists of movements, jumps, spins, and footwork along with the music. It is also all about showing off your best moves, unique tricks and amazing balance on the ice skates.
Music in the background will help to spice up your performance and the rest depends on your skill. I believe this style is great for both beginners and professionals!
Dancing (sometimes called ice dancing), on the other hand, is actually an advanced level of ice skating. It requires you to arrange a certain set of moves into the right music at the moments. This means you must get your timing correctly, thus, most professionals and competitions join this category.
Right now let’s get back to the main point!
How hard for you to learn ice skating?
In my experience, it is quite hard and takes at least 6 months to a year. For complete beginners, you would need to practice around that much time to reach the level where you minimize the chance of falling down by 10%.
If you have previous experiences from rollerblading or skiing, these sports actually prepare you well for ice skating, in term of controlling your balance.
Here are some main reasons why it is hard to master the basics of ice skating:
- It requires a lot of practice hours on balancing your feet on a slim piece of metal (the ice skates). Many people can barely stand on their ice skates after a few hours of trying.
- The fear of falling on a flat surface might hurt you. This actually slows down your learning progress and put you in a constant mind of needing to hold on to something/someone.
- Even when you can skate slowly on the ice, chances you follow your bad habits or bad forms to keep yourself balanced. These bad habits prevent you from progressing to jumps and spins moves.
- The cold air and weather can be a discouraging factor, making you feel lazy. Might want to skip some ice skating classes — because it is too cold outside!
- Keep falling on your feet is also another frustrating factor too. Many people spend hours just to get one move correctly. You might feel upset that everyone is looking at you with their pity eyes every time you fall too.
These are why not many people are fond of ice skating! Once you have mastered the basics, it’s time to turn on the music and you have just switched into a higher level.
The timing, choreography, and your natural feeling combine making it even more challenging beyond your imagination. It only takes one aspect unmatching with the others, then the whole performance might fall apart.
Hardcore and experienced professionals must need years of practice to reach the perfect precision in their moves along with the music. So now you know, only the love, perseverance and passion for ice skating would lead you through this journey.
Here is a perfect example of ice skating:
Let’s check out Rollerblading for a change of view!
Freestyle is quite ubiquitous and easy to learn from basic to complex moves. You can test your creativity here in this category. There are jumping, and performing tricks around obstacles such as cones, street lamps, small objects.
Lots of moves to check out here such as Double Cross, Criss Cross, Forward One Foot, etc. Once you have learned the basics, it is up to you discovering complex moves and branching out your unique style.
These obviously take time, but you actually can combine the tricks and challenge your friends with the rollerblades.
Inline skating, on the other aspect, you need to focus on the way you execute the tricks. It might involve a vertical ramp, high objects, rails, benches, etc. Your moves are expanding to jumping over large gaps, grinding on the edges (of a bench, rails or vert), spinning certain degree mid-air, etc.
This style is quite competitive in the community and you can become a dedicated professional for attending contests. As I mentioned earlier, you will need to arrange a set of movement and execute it at the right time as you are rolling.
Here are some examples:
Pretty fun and exciting isn’t it?
Beware though, rollerblading does expose you to more risks than ice skating. Even though you can learn the basics faster from rollerblading, eventually, both ice skating and rollerblading require more time investment to master them.
So what is the bottom line?
Ice skating does require more conditions and practice hours overall to reach a decent level of confidence. The balance requirements are also higher than rollerblading to learn advanced tricks.
While rollerblading expands your playgrounds, it also increases the accident risks. Both sports are challenging and exciting to play around. So, I suggest you can try both if your condition allows.
Otherwise, just go with your heart and see where it leads you!