In recent years, roller skating has made a resurgence as a fun and popular form of exercise and recreation.

While standard roller skating involves moving forwards or backwards in a straight line, but there is another technique known as transition which allows you to turn 180 degrees on roller skates.

In this article, We will teach you how to do this by following a few simple steps.

How To Turn 180 On Roller Skates?

Are you trying to turn the forward foot first? nonono…

To be able to turn 180 on roller skate, make sure you are turning the back foot first.

You might be asking, what is forward foot and back foot?

Well… in order do a 180 turn, one of your foot need to step forward, this foot is called forward foot and the foot at the back is call back foot.

I like to explain it in steps on how to do 180 turn on roller skates:

  1. If you just started to learn 180 turn, make sure you pratice in a static position.
  2. Slightly bend your knees.
  3. Step forward on one of your foot, if you want to turn 180 from your left, then step your right leg forward. now your right leg is your forward leg.
  4. Turn your head in the direction you want to transition.
  5. Lift your back foot (the one on the side you are transitioning) and turn it backward as far as you can, then place it down. You don’t need to be able to have it fully 180 opposed from the other foot, like 2nd position in ballet. Turn it as far as you can. Obviously you will fall if you try to place this foot at a 90 degree angle to the other one, but a 160 degree angle is close enough. Side stance (Skating with the toes pointing away from each other) is a different skill to practice, and it’s not nearly as essential of a skill as transitions.
  6. Lift and turn your right foot, then place it down. (it’s like following the transition flow)

Once you have master the 180 turn, it will be easy to do 360 turn.

Apart from that, there are a couple other methods (jump transitions, not lifting all four wheels of each skate) but this one is a good one to start with.

For 180 turn, make sure you practice on both sides. It’s not like a t-stop where it isn’t really important to be able to do it as good on the other side.

When you’re learning, it may be helpful to do each step very deliberately. Eventually, you’ll be able to do smooth transitions without having to think about it first.

Look at how this guy are doing 180 turn!

Where is the best place to practice 180 turn?

There is no definitive answer to this question as different skaters prefer different locations based on their own individual preferences.

However, some general advice about where to practice 180 turns can be shared.

If you just started to learn 180 turn, one of the best places to start is in an empty parking lot or on a smooth, paved surface.

If you already have your ideal training location. make sure to take into account your surrounding environment and choose a spot that is free of obstacles.

Also, when you first practicing these turns, start slowly and make sure to maintain balance at all times.

As you become more comfortable with the maneuver, you can then do the 180 turn while you skating forward at slower speed.

Always remember to use caution when skating in busy areas and stay aware of your surroundings.


In conclusion, turning 180 on roller skates is a skill that can be mastered with a little practice.

When you praticing 180 turn, please remember to keep your knees bent and your arms in close to your body as you make the turn.

With a little patience and perseverance, you’ll be spinning around like a pro in no time!


My name is Patricia Toh. I was born in the southen of China but I live in Hawaii. I work as a translator. I love skating. But in the future, I’d like to try yoga too."

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