Introduction: How to Coleman Slide Longboards!

The Coleman slide, or any longboard slide for that matter, is an important skill needed for going down hill where you might need to stop short (for example, riding on a hill where cars drive).

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.
If you can't do this, work on your skills before trying this, or else you might fall and then dislike longboarding.

  • Sliding gloves: 100% necessary, either buy some, or make some using this guide:
How to Make sliding gloves
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:
How to make a longboard
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
Seriously.

Step 2: What Kind of Day to Learn and Where?

When
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.

Where
Here you have some choices that don't really matter.

  • A large flat area
An empty parking lot lets you push alot, get a good speed, and have room to slide.

  • A semi steep hill
The hill lets you build up your speed, and the run out has space to slide.

  • A hill leading into a parking lot
This is where I learned, best of all worlds.

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.

Step 3: What to Do:

Set aside a good hour or so to learn. Put your helmet and gloves on, grab your board, and set out.

Get into the box position, and put your hand facing downhill behind you on the ground, and do a large, sharp, and fast heelside carve.

Lean in to your hand, and if you need to do it steez *. Steez is when you grab the board behind your back foot.

  • Steez isn't widely recomended, but I can't initiate a slide without it.

DO NOT do it stink-bug, or with you hand grabbing between your feet.

Really, what will help your success the most is to get out there and experiment with turns. It is hard to explain in words, so your practice and experimenting will be the most helpful.

Step 4: Increasing Style:

After you hit a few Colemans, you will want to make your slide look better.

What you need to do is to make sure you slide enough to do a 180. This makes it so you slash your speed in half (or more), and then can ride out of it.

Just mess around and see what works best for you.

Step 5: Going BIG:

FInd some sick hills, bomb down, then Coleman 180 out, it is so much fun!

Watch out for cars cracks in the road, and other stuff, a helmet is very handy!

Make sure to work your way up to big hills, going all out right after learning can lead to some nasty bails.

I hope my Instructable helped you learn sliding, drop a comment on anything about sliding, I'll do my best to answer!

Comments

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le_poptart (author)2015-10-29

How loose would loose be exactly and could you use a regular board for this and just loosen the trucks? Im still relatively new to this help

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Elijah0831 (author)2015-02-14

So, I tried this yesterday, without success. Whenever I tried initiating the slide, it would throw me off, because the back wheels just wouldn't slip. I was using 70 mm., 78A rounded lip cruising wheels and gloves consisting of a square of brake pad material, and duct tape wrapped around the fingers and palm. It had rained the day before, and the road was still kind of wet. Why didn't it work? Was there not enough grip from my gloves? Was I just going too slow (like 10- 15 mph)? I had the same problems with pendies, btw... Can anyone help?

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Try doing small checks..not lots speed requird whn wet..but focus ur weight on front trux..to gt the feeling try stand off board n put front foot on front trux n turn left n right..board shud turn..when on board rollin put back foot on rail edge..n turn hips..check shud result..reapply for coleman..try it carvin n not straight..key is no weight on back trux n push rail bit

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Elijah0831 (author)2015-02-14

So, I tried this yesterday, without success. Whenever I tried initiating the slide, it would throw me off, because the back wheels just wouldn't slip. I was using 70 mm., 78A rounded lip cruising wheels and gloves consisting of a square of brake pad material, and duct tape wrapped around the fingers and palm. It had rained the day before, and the road was still kind of wet. Why didn't it work? Was there not enough grip from my gloves? Was I just going too slow (like 10- 15 mph)? I had the same problems with pendies, btw... Can anyone help?

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-11-01

why isnt he wearing a helmet?

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because hes too good for it

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helmits suck

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He's too pro!

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u can never be too pro for safety! ,,o wait yes u can,,

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isaac! (author)Zaphod Beeblebrox2010-12-12

you can be too splattered all over the pavement to wear a helmet...

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XI3 (author)isaac!2011-05-18

dude he is! look at the pic! its orange!

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couchpotato130 (author)2013-08-12

my brother goes 40-50 bear foot down this HUGE hill

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dont got no gloves just use my hands

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Franko Laverde (author)2013-08-03

Thanks dude it's pretty useful

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mitchknx (author)2013-04-01

Do an instruct able on standup 180's and stuff

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Vitamins3 (author)2012-04-30

what is the preferred wheel durometer (hardness)?

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dreadyzkush (author)Vitamins32012-05-02

83A is what i have and i think it's the best

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yoyojoeco (author)dreadyzkush2012-05-13

I have 75a is that too soft?

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chubby8 (author)2012-02-23

i learnt to do heelside 180 slide first then learnt standies but still havent got the coleman slide right

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Megatronic (author)2011-10-09

His old enough to be advise what to do look at his gray hair.

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wsk1218 (author)2011-09-25

I personally like my head intact and in one piece.

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denghua-joshua (author)2009-07-15

Hi

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mowie (author)denghua-joshua2009-09-20

Hello

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ThousandParadox (author)mowie2009-10-06

whats up

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vanpaun (author)ThousandParadox2009-10-07

hahaha? 

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Black_Fire (author)vanpaun2010-03-14

lol how r you?

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The nerdling (author)Black_Fire2011-05-11

'sup

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johmey (author)2010-10-25

Dude, this didn't say one thing on how to do a Coleman Slide, except for the gear I need...
Cliff Coleman is my friend and a skateboarding legend.

If you want to be a better instructor, add some detailed information on how to wind up and carve into the slide, what to do with your free hand while sliding, how to lean into the slide, how long you should slide for based on your speed, and how to get out of the slide and back into the starting position.

Don't you dare give Cliff Coleman a bad name. He is just almost 61 and can STILL out-skate most people I know.

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johmey (author)johmey2010-10-25

By the way, an OFFICIAL Coleman slide is NOT a sharp slide. You have to SLIDE into it, not THROW your back foot into it. meaning it should be a smooth motion; you get some speed, then make a carve in the opposite direction you plan to swing your back foot out, then you swing it as you are coming out of that first carve.
so if you are a regular foot, (meaning your left foot is in front of the board), you will do a small carve to the right then as you are coming out of that carve, you will put your right knee down on top of your front left foot while at the same time, putting down your sliding glove next to the board on the ground NO FARTHER THAN 18 INCHES FROM THE BOARD. you will want to twist your upper torso to the left as you go into the slide, brining your right arm across you over to the left side of your body. you want to do this so you can have enough momentum to get back up. Practice stopping completely at first to get a feel for how it works, and also so you can build your muscle memory. pretty soon, you will get a feel for swinging your right arm back to the right side so it will bring you back up on your feet to the board so you may continue to bomb the hill at a slower speed than you started out with. oh wow I typed a lot... BUT ABOVE ALL!!!!!! WEAR--------YOUR---------EFFFING-----------HELMET.

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jamesmc11 (author)johmey2011-04-21

thank you very much....you explained this very well..did it better than the feature article..!!!!! and do you have to have hard compound wheels when doing this?

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beatles1 (author)2010-07-08

nice job just got some high grade crane plastic from my uncle to make some slidin gloves now its time to slide =)

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Trumpet (author)2010-02-06

Little note:
Steeze = Style + Ease.

And:
When Cliff has his hand free of the board, he is swinging it around the front of his body, over his other shoulder. This helps rotate the shoulders. After getting your shoulders into rotation, your hips will follow, which is key to really initiating the slide. Speed helps.

Go for it! Really rotate and throw around the slide, coming out evenly weighted so the you don't fall off after whipping it around 180.
You will feel so much more confident when you know that you can stop if you find yourself going too fast for comfort.

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Darren. (author)2010-01-03

Getting into this "box" position will not be any good if you all of a sudden need to stand up.

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capn (author)2009-11-05

Hey thanks for linking my instructable!

Also great job on your instructable!

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vanpaun (author)capn2009-11-21

No problem, an thanks!

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hg341 (author)2009-07-02

I do something like this with my mountian bike not with my hands though

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vanpaun (author)hg3412009-07-02

So like, braking? Hahaha?

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hg341 (author)vanpaun2009-07-03

yeaspinning too

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