How to Coleman Slide on a Longboard

The Coleman is an essential basic that will be timeless in your boarding career. Many professional longboarders perform this slide for their YouTube videos, and it's one of the most commonly used ways to brake on a longboard. Before using the Coleman Slide, boarders often foot break, jump off their board, or ride it out. However, when you begin learning you'll soon discover that none of these options are very efficient at high speeds. This is where slides become important. It's safer, more stylish, and simply a skill you must know when you board. The Coleman is one of your safest options when it comes to slides, or braking as a whole. It's a 180 degree heelside slide developed in the 1970's by Cliff Coleman to allow boarders to ride more safely in more extreme inclines and speeds.


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    Get your basics down. This slide is going to be very difficult for you unless you have good balance, can push, and can turn. If you're trying to learn the slide before knowing these, you'll not only have more trouble with it, but your technique will also be sloppy. You might also benefit from watching a video or seeing somebody do the slide. It's very difficult to understand exactly how it is supposed to look simply from words.
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    Consider using an easy setup that won't limit you too much. If you have the option, use a double kick board. It's a pretty basic board and should get you into most of the basics that will be transferable to more specialized setups. Try to ride a board between 35-40 inches when you're just starting out.
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    Stand on the board with your back foot pointed a little to the right and your front foot a tad to the left. Your back foot should be at the part of the board right before the kicktail comes up. Your heels should hang a little off the back, which will help with your side carve. This is proper form for just about any basic riding you're doing, but it may change slightly during tricks. Remember, this is just a skill.
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    Get started by kicking off on some asphalt or concrete that's fairly flat. Try to stick to going at a speed you're comfortable with, and don't push it. .
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    Carve toe-side. Bend your knees at the point where you're crouching on the board. Understand that to do the slide, you're going to have to after only about 3 seconds switch to a heel-side. Your knees should bend a little bit.
    • Place one hand on the side of your board, positioned between your legs.
    • Place the other hand on the ground, reaching backward, opposite to the way in which your toes are pointed. Remember to wear slide gloves.
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    Carve heel-side. This is the most difficult part of the slide, but practice it and soon it should come naturally. There are many ways to perform the actual 180 but try this simple way first:
    • Look backward, as if you're trying to chase your butt.
    • Actually commit your hips to the motion and the rest of your body should follow.
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    Realize that you now should be riding opposite footed. Most people prefer to just jump back to their original stance and keep riding, but you can also learn your opposite toe-side 180 Coleman slide or just simply pivot back to your original stance (which may take some practice). Done. Keep practicing until it feels natural.


  • Don't be afraid to go fast because otherwise, you probably won't be able to perform the slide.
  • Use your hips, shoulders, and head to fully commit to the slide and get a full 180.
  • Don't reach too far back with your hand, or you're probably going to fall on your butt and rip your pants.
  • Remember to keep your feet separated so that each foot is at each end of the board.


  • Wear a helmet! If you don't, you risk getting a brain injury.

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