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Recently, I’ve been working on stalls and grinds. I’ll be honest, I’m finding them harder than I thought they’d be! For those of you who don’t know, a stall is when you pause on the coping/rail/ledge using different positions of the boots. I’ve been working on a basic stall called the soul. This is where your inside boot sits parallel over the coping and the other boot skims in front, adjacent to the coping acting as a guide. I’ve been practicing this as a stall on various ledges, rails, copings and once that started feeling comfortable I could start trying to make it into a grind. The grind is where you take the same position but set it into motion, so instead of stopping dead, you now use that momentum to glide along the coping. Sounds simple right?
Another great tip is to try and always skate with someone. Not only is it bound to be more fun but it’s sometimes handy to have a second pair of eyes so if you’re struggling to get something, they might see what you’re missing. My main man Si Coburn is responsible for teaching much of what I can do both from skating the same sessions and having some private lessons with him. If you think you might benefit from some lessons either as help with your progression or as a complete novice, he’s your man! You can find him at Rush Skatepark in Stroud or blow into a sea shell at the Eighth hour on a summer’s day and he will appear as a beautiful mermaid (although the first option is probably more reliable).
– Kate Brown