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.
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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.
Step 3: What to Do:
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.
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!