Vert skating

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Vert skating (or vertical skating) is riding inline skates or roller skates on a vert ramp, a half-pipe with some vertical ascent, usually between 6in to 24in. Vert skating is a form of acrobatics performed with skates.[citation needed] The purpose of vert skating is to ride higher than the coping (which is the metal pipe on top of the ramp) and perform spins or flips.[1] It focuses on complicated aerial maneuvers, such as spins and flips.[2] The intent of the skater is to build speed until they are of sufficient height above the edge of the ramp to perform various aerial acrobatics.[3] In competitions skaters have limited time, often less than a minute, to impress the judges by landing numerous and difficult tricks, having a good flow and consistency, having creativity with the routine and most importantly having a good style.[4]

The sport was included in the first X-Games in 1995.[citation needed] Vert skating is considered a challenging sport: as of 2012 there are fewer than 15 professional vert skaters attending competitions.

Vert skating is used in competitions such as the X Games. Vert ramps are found in many modern skateparks.

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  1. ^ aggressive, skating. "Vert Skating". Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ Carlesa, Williams. "What is vertical aggressive inline skating". Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  3. ^ inline, planet. "Aggressive Skating". Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  4. ^ kia xgames, asia. "competition". Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012.

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