Are you struggling with your hydro blade or you would just love to learn one? Then I am here to help!
Hydro blades are one of my favorite moves to do on the ice. They look super cool and are especially fun when you can add them to programs. Although they may look very challenging, once you get the hang of them they actually are not too hard!
The first step to doing a hydro blade is knowing where your hydro blade is going to go. You are going to want your hydro to curve on a circle with your inside edge. With that being said you are going to want to make sure your body is aligning with the circle, specifically your arms. In basic skills you learn to keep your arms on your circle, or hugging your circle, doing a hydro is just the same. You want to make sure your arms are hugging your circle and not opening up to the sky, away from your circle.
If you need extra balance when doing your hydro blade you can let your free leg (the one not touching the ice that is crossed under) drag on the ice for some extra stability. This can help you have the balance you need in your hydro blade until you have worked up to letting it hover over the ice.
Along with keeping your arms over your circle, I like to drag my hands along the ice. If you want to try to keep your hands off the ice you can but I very much prefer keeping them on the ice. There is not a wrong way for doing this so whatever your preference is that’s great! If you do decide to keep them on the ice, I like to let only the tips of my fingers touch the ice. This helps me keep my speed up so that my hydro does not become slow, boring, and hard to maintain towards the end.
Another great thing to make sure you are doing is staying parallel to the ice. If you lean to far into the ice your hands will probably get too far apart and make it extremely hard to hold yourself up. It will also make you tip too far onto your inside edge and most likely cause you to fall. You also don’t want to be tipping too much out of the circle because that can cause you some problems as well. With some practice you will find that spot where your hydro will balance nicely.
Lastly, making sure you squat all the way down for you hydro is important. You don’t want to be too high up in your knee for 2 reasons. First, it will be hard to maintain speed, control, balance, and the curve of your circle. Second, it will not look amazing and to get that nice effect you need to be low in your knee.
I hope these hydro blade tips and tricks helped you to improve or learn your hydro blade. If you want a more visual explanation for these tips, you can watch my YouTube video linked at the bottom of this page! Just remember everything takes practice, so don’t give up if you don’t get it right on the first try.