You've just checked the weather forecast on your phone.

Hmmm, looks like it's about to rain.

You then take a look at the roller skates you just took out.

Well, it's not a big deal since you can still have a productive roller skating experience indoors.

When it comes to most roller sports, you can easily make the necessary adjustments to switch from the outdoor to indoor mode. Furthermore, there are many locations in Malaysia where you can roller skate indoors where you can read more in this list about the locations where you can roller skate indoors near Kuala Lumpur. 

For this article, we will specifically focus on what you should know about roller skating indoors and outdoors, the various stages of mastering roller skating, some locations to roller skate in Ipoh as well as gain some insights on the various skating competitions around you.

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What To Take Note For Indoor Roller Skating vs Outdoor Roller Skating?

But first, let's dive deep into what you should know about indoor roller skating and outdoor roller skating.

While the basic principles of skating skills and techniques remain mostly the same, here are three main tips that you must always remember:

Tip 1: Pay attention to the types and conditions of your skate wheels

Do you know that there are indoor roller skates have wheels that are harder than outdoor wheels? That's because the indoor wheels need to have a firmer grip on a smoother and flat surface like a specifically designed indoor roller skating rink (for recreational purposes/ roller disco).

On the other hand, you're recommended to switch to softer skating wheels when you are roller skating outdoors. This is because the soft wheels will have better control and grip on an uneven surface (like roads, pavements with debris and rock) and help to absorb shock better.

Make sure you don't mix them up band regularly maintain the condition of the skate wheels in order to have a safe and smooth roller skating experience.

Tip 2: Be extra careful of the surface that you plan to skate on (roads/pavements/tiles)

While you can 100% predict the surface of inner roller skating rinks, outdoor roller skating can take place anywhere (roads, parking basement, skating parks).

Having said that, some roads may not be as smooth as you expect, so be sure to wear your complete protective gear at all times to minimize the impact of injury should you fall down during your outdoor roller skating practice.

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It's important to check if the venue where you intend to roller skate outdoors is conducive.
Photo by James Lee on Unsplash

Tip 3: Have a clear understanding of your spatial control of the overall space and your skating level

When it comes to choosing a place to roller skate, you have to take into account your own stability and skating levels. It is totally fine to roller skate indoors if you are not too comfortable and confident as a beginner. That's because when you are roller skating indoors in a rink,  there is a boundary that enables you to control your movement better. It is relatively safer to stop suddenly in a rink as compared to when you are roller skating in a park.

When you are roller skating outdoors in public and big open space, you might encounter several obstacles or unexpected happenings like some dogs or cats who suddenly appear in front of you or someone who is cycling or jogging. Hence, you'll need to swiftly adjust your pace and speed when you are roller skating outdoors.

Don't forget to explore these roller skating locations in Subang Jaya. 

Self Learning vs Private Tutoring For Roller Skating? Which Is Better?

You may have come across many roller skaters of different levels around you. Some of them may have learnt skating on their own by watching Youtube tutorials while some of them may have enrolled in a skating academy or opted for private roller skating classes.

We'll look at some of the pros and cons of self-learning and private tutoring for roller skating. 

When it comes to self-learning roller skating, there are currently many well-curated contents that you can find online. You can also compare and review many videos and choose which one fits you best. It is also free of charge and super flexible because you are the only one who is responsible throughout the whole process.

The downside of self-learning roller skating is that you might lack motivation in the long run and you might not be able to objectively evaluate your skating progress. You might even be "stuck" in the same learning cycle for a long time if you do not know how to overcome certain skating mistakes.

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There are many people who opt for Youtube tutorials to learn roller skating these days.
Photo by Karolina Grabowska (Pexels)

For private tutoring, you can enjoy undivided attention and personalised instruction from a professional and experienced skater. You can also get immediate feedback and suggestions on how to improve your skating skills. Most importantly, having consistent lessons help you to establish commitment and accountability throughout your learning process. That being said, private tutoring means you have to invest some money and additional time to make this a success.

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What Are Some Basic Roller Skating Skills That You Should Aim To Master Through Your Private Skating Lessons?

If you are opting for private tutoring, we highly recommend you to find a good private skating tutor via Superprof. 

You can effectively find a skating tutor that matches these criteria:

  • Your desired tutoring experience
  • Your desired tutoring qualification
  • Hourly rate of skating lessons
  • Covered lesson scope
  • Tutoring methodology
  • Current location/teaching mode

Some of the basic skating techniques that you should aim to master with the assistance of your Superprof tutor during the beginners' levels of your roller skating lessons include:

  • The right posture
  • Gliding
  • T-position
  • Walking
  • Stopping
  • Skating Backwards and many more

Find out where are the best places in Petaling Jaya to have a good roller skating workout.

Discover The Best Locations To Roller Skate In Ipoh

If you are currently based in Ipoh, here are 3 recommended places where you can roller skate.

1. Padang Polo Ipoh (Sultan Recreation Park)

First on our list is a well-known skating location among the Ipoh skating community. It is especially a happening place for night inline skating and roller skating. It has spacious space for recreational activities with benches for skaters to rest in between too. The lightings are also fully working at night to give skaters a clear and bright view when they are skating.

Entry to the park is open to the public and you can skate there every day.

2. Meru Skateplaza, Bulatan Aman Jaya

If you are looking for a nearby place for a second-round roller skating experience, you can head to the Meru Skateplaza or commonly known as the Bulatan Aman Jaya. As the name implies, this iconic location features a circular recreational space for families and sports enthusiasts.

Apart from roller sports, you can also jog, do aerobic dance and even cycle there every day.

3. Dr Seenivasagam Recreational Park

Ipoh is blessed with many outdoor parks where you can enjoy nature while breaking a sweat during your roller sports workout.

This park is located at Jalan Keliling Dalam and it is generally open to the public from 8.30 am to 6 pm.

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If you're a morning person, you can choose to roller skate at this park during the day.
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto

You can also check out these places in Johor Bahru if you are planning a roller skating outing.

Where Can You Look Out For Future Skating Competitions And Events In Malaysia/Outside Malaysia?

Once you have mastered your basic roller skating lessons through your lessons and through consistent practice at the above locations, you might want to take your roller skating skills to the next level.

Perhaps you would want to test and see if your skills are on par with other skaters around you. One of the best ways to do that is through participation in skating competitions.

Besides gaining a valuable experience (or potential prize), you can also make new friends among the local and even international roller skating community. Isn't that killing two birds with one stone?

Here are three platforms where you can get the latest information and updates about the roller sports scene and upcoming competitions that are held locally or internationally.

1. Local Skating Community Groups

The fastest way to know what is going on is to join a local skating community group. You can easily find one through social media. For instance, you can find out more about the skating outings and contest in Kuala Lumpur by following the page of KL Urban Skaters (KLUSters). They recently organized a skating competition called the  XGAMES CHALLENGE KL.

2. State Level Sports Association

As we go on to the state level, you can ask around if your state has a roller sports/ extreme sports association. For example, the Penang Roller Sports Association regularly updates their official websites for upcoming skating contests and events that will take place in its respective states.

3. Malaysian Skate Federation

Did you know that the 3rd ASEAN Inline Skating Championship was held in Kuching in 2016?

The latest championship took place in Vietnam in 2018.

International competitions like these will usually be announced by The Malaysian Skate Federation as this organization oversees the national roller sports development (inline skating and skateboard) in the country.

Through their official website and social media pages, you'll get more information on various roller skating happenings in Malaysia. 

We hope this article will inspire you to be a better roller skater, no matter rain or shine. Who knows? Your passion for roller skating might lead you to unexpected places.

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