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Timothy Goebel performs a hydroblade
Hydroblading as part of an ice dancing element.


A hydroblade is a figure skating edge move or connecting step in which a skater glides on a deep edge with the body stretched in a very low position, almost touching the ice. Several variations in position are possible, but one commonly performed by singles skaters is on a back inside edge with the knee of the skating leg deeply bent, the free leg crossed behind and extended outside the circle, and the upper body leaning into the circle with two, one, or no hands skimming the ice.

Ideal Characteristics[edit]

  • low to the ice
  • only parts in contact with the ice are the blade of one skate and hands, depending on which variation.
  • only fingertips gliding
  • upper body close to the ice
  • as flat of a back as possible


Although they did not invent the element, it was popularized in the early 1990s by the Canadian ice dance team of Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz; their coach Uschi Keszler was responsible for coining the nameVariations "hydroblade."


  • Classic - two hands, most commonly done on the right back inside edge for a right-handed person.
  • One Hand - picking up one hand off the ice, usually left for a right-handed person.
  • No Hands - neither hand is touching the ice, more difficult to get upper body low to the ice.
  • Catch Foot - a one-handed hydroblade where the hand not on the ice grasps the free foot.
  • Pairs - only seen as either a side-by-side element or one-person hydroblade with the other partner doing a different edge element.
  • Open Shoulder - where the upper body is facing upward, looks more like a shoot-the-duck glide.


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