Freestyle slalom skating is a highly technical field of skating that involves performing tricks around a straight line of equally spaced cones. The most common spacing used in competitions is 80cm, with larger competitions also featuring lines spaced at 50cm and 120cm.
Most freestyle slalomers use inline skates although some use quad skates. Those who use inline skates tend to use a full rocker wheel configuration, however there are variations of the rockers which are used. Some skaters prefer to use a ‘full hi-lo’ rocker, which means the largest wheel is the second in from the back, with the smallest at the front.
A short frame (230–245 mm)is used to give them the maximum possible maneuverability. The inline skates are very tight with a very strong cuff, to give sustaining ankle support. Popular skates used to include the FSK skate range by Salomon, now unavailable, the market is now dominated arguably by Seba skates, formed by a world class slalom skater, and other brands such as Powerslide and RollerBlade.