T-stopping is not so much a stop as it is a technique for
controlling your speed. If you are descending a hill at a high speed, you can use the
t-stop to slow yourself down a little. You can use the t-stop until you have come to a
complete standstill but it is most efficient use is speed reduction.
The concept is simple. Take one of your feet (whichever one you feel
most comfortable with) & drag it behind you, perpendicular to your other skate
the direction you are travelling in.
When you are first starting out, you will not feel stable
may not be able to hold a t-stop for very long. It will help if you put the least amount
of weight possible on the foot you are dragging. Try to make it weightless. Put everything
on your front foot & bend your knees. As you become more stable while t-stopping, you
can add a little pressure to the foot you are dragging & as a result, slow yourself down
I must also take the time to warn you that t-stopping is perhaps the
fastest way to wear down a set of wheels. If you are interested in getting the most life
out of your wheels, it would be in your best interest to use the t-stop conservatively.
Also, remember that if you t-stop, the wheels on the foot you drag are going to wear a lot
more than the wheels on your other skate. This means that when you sit down to rotate, you
should probably also switch all four wheels from skate to skate in order to even the wear