This instructable covers the Coleman slide which is considered the best first slide by many boarders. After learning this slide, you can move on to many other slides like pendulums, standing slides, and others.
Sub Note: I do not have any pictures of myself sliding, so Instead I have used a picture of the inventor of the Coleman slide, Cliff Coleman.
Image Source: http://www.geocities.com/sk8sanjose/coleman.jpg
Step 1: What you will need:
- Some skateboarding experience: Be able to carve down hills.
- Sliding gloves: 100% necessary, either buy some, or make some using this guide:
Sliding gloves allow you to put your hands on the ground at speed without hurting yourself.
- A board: again, 100% necessary, make one using this guide:
Your trucks should be pretty loose, but not super duper loose. Wheels, although you will hear otherwise, aren't that important, just don't cry if you wreck your soft wheels.
- A helmet: YOU NEED ONE, you might die without one
Step 2: What kind of day to learn and where?
If you are ok with possibly wrecking your bearings, I strongly recommend a wet day. The wetness will allow you to slide alot easier than when it is dry. Otherwise, dry will work.
Here you have some choices that don't really matter.
- A large flat area
- A semi steep hill
- A hill leading into a parking lot
It doesn't really matter where you learn as long as you can get up to speed and then have another 15-30 feet of slide room.