Crossover Turns

Crossover turns are great for making a turn with minimal wheel-edge friction which makes for a really fast turn! You use minimal friction by using the 'step-over' to make the curve of your 'turning circle' into a straight line. By stepping over, your skates take the shortest path across the turn and runs straight on the wheels centre edge, thus zero wheel friction, to the next corner of the curve. A 90 degree turn makes one corner, a 180 degree turn makes two or more corners. A 360 degree turn would look like a hexagon from above. Power for this move comes from the 'under-stroke' - the inside foot pushes to the outside of the turn, moving under the body So remember, practice makes it all come together...