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Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Keeping the hip open in backward inside edges
« Last post by sampaguita on June 12, 2017, 05:34:58 AM »
I'm having problems with my the backward inside edge after the FO 3-turn. The check is good right after the turn, but the free leg eventually moves to the side, causing the curve to decrease in size. My coach wants me to fix this, but has not offered me a satisfactory way how.

I've tried practicing the same backward inside edge position off-ice, but I am unable to replicate this feeling on-ice. The traction off-ice makes all the difference.

I get the same on-ice problem when (1) I do a mohawk and (2) when I hold a backward inside edge after backward crossovers. However, I can keep it checked for a much longer time. That means there's a problem with the actual 3-turn, but also another problem with holding the back inside edge.

Any suggestions how to fix this off-ice/on-ice by the boards?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Tattoo ideas?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on June 11, 2017, 07:38:41 AM »
Back in my service days I was assigned to a ship.  We had a first class Boiler Tender with lots of tats.  None of them had anything thing to do with ice skating--his tastes ran to hula girls, anchors, eagles etc.  When we'd come into a new (to him) port, as soon as liberty was granted he'd go ashore, get roaring drunk and then get "stenciled".  When I got off the boat two years later he didn't have much in the way of unoccupied "real estate" left on his carcass.  Now, how do I bring this back to the question asked in the original post?  Oh yes, the Boiler Tender had one hula girl on his forearm that he could make do a most hypnotic dance when he made a fist and flexed the right muscles.  Maybe you could have a tattoo of a Free-Style skater and maybe if it was done just right you could flex a muscle and make the skater do a Waltz jump or something.  Now that would be impressive!

I have never once seen a tattoo do something like that. Seems like it'd have to be a complicated/well placed tattoo?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Tattoo ideas?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on June 11, 2017, 07:38:00 AM »
How about a toepick profile on the side of your foot  ;D

Hmn...but could it fit in the appropriate spot? That's kind of cute actually.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Tattoo ideas?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on June 11, 2017, 07:37:36 AM »
I think figure tracings are a cool idea! Might be great car window stickers too. A little more subtle than the silhouette of figure skater ones.

Though - I wonder how conservative skating judges might look upon obvious tattoos.

It is a cool idea actually ^_^

Pfft. Judges Smudges. As a skater, I don't such things define me ;) Plus, I'm a guy so tattoo will likely be hidden. I don't see myself wearing an open outfit any time soon XDD
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Tattoo ideas?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on June 11, 2017, 07:36:33 AM »
Maybe start a collection of "badges" earned for tests along the way, but tattoos instead of an embroidered patch.

I haven't really seen or heard of adults doing tests at any of the Arena's I'm bouncing around. But that'd be a cute idea.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Caring for Riedell Boots
« Last post by kateskate on June 10, 2017, 09:51:29 PM »
Thank you so much for your explanation of all these items, tstop4me.  I had no idea what each product was for.  Now I know what I have to have and what I can skip!
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The Pro Shop / Re: Caring for Riedell Boots
« Last post by tstop4me on June 10, 2017, 09:24:30 PM »
Hi.  I bought some Riedell Flair skates about 5 months ago and I've never waterproofed them myself.  They did if for me at the skate shop when I bought them but I know it's probably past time that they be done again.  I bought some Sno Seal but I wasn't sure if I should just use this on the soles of the skates or if I can use it for the boots as well?  I'm most concerned about the soles b/c I don't want them to start cracking but I'd also like to keep the leather on the boots in good shape.  If I can't use Sno Seal for the entire skate (other than the blade), what other product do your recommend?    In the Riedell brouchure, they suggest Heel and Sno Enamel, Silicone Protection, Lexal Leather Conditioner, Riedell Shoe Finish, and Sno Seal.  This just seems like way too many products for me to buy but at the same time, I don't want to do anything to damage the skates or fail to do something that would protect them.  My last skates were Risport and I never did anything to them and they lasted a long time.  However, I've heard that Riedells are different for some reason and need waterproofing. 

Another question is how often should I waterproof them?  I think Riedell recommends once a month but this seems like overkill to me, especially since I don't usually skate more than 6 hours a week!
Thank You
Ask your skate tech what he used for waterproofing the bottoms of the soles and heels.  If he used varnish or polyurethane, I wouldn't use Sno-Seal.  If he used Sno-Seal, OK to reapply as needed. Sno-Seal is applied only on the bottoms of the heel and sole; nowhere else, especially since (a) it requires heat and (b) it tends to fill up pores.  It is used primarily for water repellency.  If you dry your boots and blades thoroughly after each session, you shouldn't need a reapplication more than once a year.   

Heel-and-Sole enamel is applied only to the edges (sides) of the sole and heel.  It is primarily for cosmetic repair of scuff marks.  It was very popular back in the days when the edges of both women's white boots and men's black boots were painted black.  After a while, the black paint would get scuffed up.  Not all edges are painted black anymore (Riedell has the enamel in brown, neutral, and black).  Use only as needed for touch ups.  If you don't care about minor scuff marks, you don't need it.  You can just use silicone protectant instead (see below); especially, if the edges on your boots are natural.

Shoe polish is applied only to the uppers.  It is primarily for cosmetic repair of scuff marks.  Use only as needed for touch ups.  If you don't care about minor scuff marks, you don't need it.  You can just use silicone protectant instead (see below).

Lexol is applied only to the uppers.  It is used primarily to soften leather.  If you keep your boots dry (and especially if you use silicone protectant <see below>), this isn't needed.  Since it does soften leather, you should not use it too frequently (maybe every 6 months at most).

Silicone protectant can be applied to the uppers; it can also be applied to the edges (sides) of the soles and heels if you want to skip the heel-and-sole enamel.  It is used primarily to provide water repellency.  I apply it every 3 months (I skate 7.5 hrs/wk). 

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The Pro Shop / Re: Caring for Riedell Boots
« Last post by kateskate on June 10, 2017, 06:38:48 PM »
Hey, that's even better!   :D
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The Pro Shop / Re: Caring for Riedell Boots
« Last post by Bill_S on June 10, 2017, 06:28:51 PM »
Actually, my math was bad. I have had them since 2007, so that makes them 10-years old.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Caring for Riedell Boots
« Last post by kateskate on June 10, 2017, 04:38:28 PM »
Wow, another skater with 8-year old Riedell skates.  That's awesome!  I thought I'd be lucky if I could get 3 years use out of mine so it's very encouraging to hear that they can last much longer with proper care of them.  Thanks for your reply.  Riedell's list of products seemed way too much but I just wanted to make sure.
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