How To Not Blow A Spot

“If you want to preserve the spot, then you shouldn’t skate it all day long, you should hit it quick, enjoy it, and move on to the next one.”

If you are shredding open road spots, different rules apply as to how they should be shredded.  On an open road with hairpins, traffic, and a double line, things are much different than neighborhood skating.  Rather than the usual neighborhood slow, stop and go traffic, you have to keep in mind that on a road like a state highway with a speed limit that cars are likely to be going to be going 10-15mph over that speed limit.  Because of this, you cannot just session a single turn. I’ve seen people try to session a hairpin on a state highway as if it is their local neighborhood road, it’s not pretty and shouldn’t be done. StelvioPassIf you’re skating these roads, use a follow car and skate the whole thing from start to finish.  Also, don’t be dumb with the follow car and don’t treat the road as if it is your own, the follow car must obey traffic laws just like every other citizen.  I’ve seen situations where a skater blindly dives across a double lane to apex a turn, (which shouldn’t be done) and then the follow car follows the skater’s line through the blind turn.  If you’re a car or a skater you shouldn’t cross that double line and especially in turns.  Also, if you’re gonna be going mad slow and getting beeped at the whole time, you probably should find a different run, cause your pissing drivers off, increasing the likelihood that the cops will be called, and therefore BLOWING IT.

Another useful tip when skating open roads is to be stealthy.  You must, as Jeremy Ross says, use “Guerilla Downhill” tactics.  This means that you skate the spot a few times and then move on.  If you want to preserve the spot, then you shouldn’t skate it all day long, you should hit it quick, enjoy it, and move on to the next one.

It’s been said many times but can’t be stressed enough, stay in your lane, just do it.  If a car sees you riding in the opposite lane, it tends to sketch them out, even if it’s safe to you and you know that there aren’t any cars.  Also make sure to skate within your limits, open roads are dangerous and if you have ever had a serious injury than you will know why it is important to skate within your limits.  Make sure that you are in control at all times, have fun, and make sure you respect traffic, other skaters, and the neighbors so you can keep skating for a long time.

– Henry


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