If you want to learn how to slide on a longboard, this is the place to start. This is how you start. The Coleman Slide is a move that comes from early surf-style bank skating when it’s used on a hill. If you want to be able to stop quickly and look good doing it, you need to have this move in your toolbox. Whether you are a carver, speedboarder, or slider, you should spend some time getting this on. It doesn’t matter if the wheels are soft or hard, and it works with any length of board. There’s no reason why you can’t do this with some practice. Having slide gloves will make sure you can get over any hill that comes your way.
Jorge Pernes, a member of the Lush team, is showing off here. He has goofy feet, which means that he skates with his right foot forward. The way Jorge does it is that he skates with his left foot forward. If you skate that way, you’ll plant your left hand and slide to the left. Take a look at how your front hand still goes down on the road. Then, your back arm starts the game.
It’s important to note that a lot of people learn how to slide by grabbing the rail. This looks easier and safer at first, but it actually makes it more difficult to start and stop the slide. This makes it more difficult to slide down and back up again. Even when you are already in the slide, you can’t use your free arm to steer with. Putting on leathers and a full-face helmet and going very fast will keep the board under you. If you’re just starting to throw your first coleman slides, we strongly recommend that you learn it the right way – without the grab! You’ll be less likely to get taken advantage of, you’ll have more control, and… it looks better, too! You can thank us when you do.
Cliff Coleman, a friend of ours, came up with this one. In his sixties, he’s still skating down the hill.
Speed up as you approach the slide. If you’re going faster than you feel comfortable, that might be about right. Keep your weight in the middle, bend your knees, and keep your posture relaxed.
Get ready to slide by making a small turn across the road.
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on your board. You should bend your knees and roll your back foot, but don’t back away from the slide. Keep your weight forward, over your front truck. If you go down the slide with confidence, you’ll be fine. When you get scared and back away from it, things can get weird.
Place your front hand on the road, out in front of and to the side of your wheels, on the ground. It’s important to keep moving forward. Leaning back is a very common mistake for new skaters at this point. This causes the back wheels on your back to grip up so you get thrown off.
Let it Go.
When you start the slide, put some weight on your hand. Swing your free arm across your body to start. People who take Cliff Coleman’s slide class are told to hit an imaginary parrot that is sitting on their front shoulder. When you swing that arm, the more the board will turn. It will also be easier to get it to face the right way again. Keep your eyes on where you’re going, not where the board is aimed.
For as long as you want to, hold the slide out. If you do this correctly, your upper body will be facing sideways or backwards, and you’ll be looking over your back shoulder down the road. To slow down faster, hold the board sideways, and to style it out, go all the way around until you’re backwards! This is how to do it!
Bring it back.
In order to turn the board around, bring your free arm back down next to you. In this step, you’ll undo the twist that you made in your body in the previous step, and your legs and board will follow.
Go around the corner! Rather than putting your foot on the brakes and sliding into a corner “predrift,” try moving your speedboard in the opposite direction to slow down and keep the speed down.
Take some time to learn the toe side/back side equivalent, which is more intimidating but can give you more control and brake power. If that’s not enough, then you’ll also be able to set up for corners in both directions.
Some other fun ways to do this are to do it one-footed, or without putting your hand on the road. You can even turn around backwards with a coleman, but this takes a lot of speed and a very sharp corner.