How to Coleman/Pendulum Slide
If you want to learn to slide on a longboard, this is the place to start. A classic move developed from early surf-style bank skating applied to a hill, the Coleman Slide is essential to have in your arsenal if you want to be able to stop in a hurry and look good doing it. It’s easy on soft or hard wheels, and any length of board works, so whether you’re a carver, speedboarder or slider you should really make some time to get this on sorted. No matter what your ability on a longboard, you will definitely be able to do this with a bit of practice. Once you have it down you will be able to deal with pretty much any hill in your path, as long as you have some slide gloves!
Lush teamrider Jorge Pernes is demonstrating here. He’s goofy footed, which means that he’s skating right foot forward. If you skate left foot forward, you’ll be planting your left hand and sliding to the left instead of your right as Jorge does. Note that it’s still your front hand that goes down on the road and your back arm that does the initiation.
Note: A lot of beginners learn this slide by grabbing rail. This feels easier and safer to start with, but it actually makes the slide a lot harder to initiate and bring back. It also makes it much harder to control the slide once you’re in it, as you can’t use your free arm to steer with. If you’re really going very fast (think leathers and full-face helmet) and you want to keep the board under you, then grabbing rail will do that – but if you’re just starting to throw your first coleman slides then we strongly recommend that you learn it the right way – without the grab! You are less likely to get high-sided, you’ll have more control, and… it looks better! You can thank us later… 🙂
Extra special mention goes to our friend Cliff Coleman for inventing this one… Still skating downhill in his sixties!