Some of the best local and international riders will be converging just south of the Bay in Salinas, CA. The Laguna Seca Raceway has been a great event for years and this year will be no exception. On April 10th at 8:00 AM the race begins. Go to the Wheel Base Magazine article below for more information.
Here is a short narrative on our project.
There are five basic ways to stop on a longboard.
1. The ride out. If you have space and time you can simply allow your speed and momentum to be ridden out.
With the nice flat and then uphill ending this speed will resolve itself by just begin ridden out.
2. The foot brake. You simply put one foot down and drag the bottom of your shoes sole to scrub off speed. This is the easiest braking method to learn but not as effective as sliding. It can also be dangerous at high speed because it can destabilize you. You saw more of this method in earlier racing and in new riders.
Basic foot braking technique.
3. Air braking. Air braking is when you flare your body out of its normally aerodynamic position (tuck) to catch more wind resistance. It will take speed off of your run effectively slowing you but doesn’t stop you. Care must be used with this move as well. If you flare out at 65 mph it’s like getting hit with a 65 mph gust of wind, it can take you right off your board. Many pros use this method to pre brake corners so they don’t have to slow down as much in the corner.
At the IGSA worlds, they are air braking with their arms and foot braking. The reason is because a very tight corner is coming and the group is to close together to slide.(only the rear rider can slide with out injuring someone) The pack here is going over 100 kph (62mph).
4. The “Coleman Slide”. This is by far the most effective and used method of braking in the pro downhill world. You center you weight over the deck and let the wheels loose traction in a controlled manner sliding to the side until the rider has dropped the amount of speed he or she needs to make a corner or obstacle.
Cliff Coleman teaching his own slide. How to Coleman
5. The run out. This is a last resort and should be used as such. The rider must be going slower than he or she can run. Then you simply run off your skateboard and slow down from your run to a stop. Because it is uncontrolled and doesn’t stop the skateboard itself run outs are the last option of a good downhiller.
Here is a short video of JM ripping it just like a boss! He has so much style and control when he rides it seems like anyone could do it. Ummmm no, no they can’t. The video is from Blood Orange a company that he rides for. If you watch you can see how much influence Cliff Coleman has had on his riding. Incredible!
Noah has been riding for 20 years! He has a signature series board released in 2013 by Comet skateboards that he helped design and do the artwork on.
Click HERE to read a short interview with Noah on his recent doings and thoughts on his new board model. Also there is a short video promotion that has some of Noah ridding in it.
So how did these guys learn to ride like this? Were they insanely gifted? Yes. Were they in a perfect setting to learn? Yes. Did they support and encourage each other? Yes. So that’s the recipe for success? No. There was something else, or rather someone else that was the key to how they became the best and influenced so many riders. This person is Cliff Coleman.
So as you can see it all goes back to the old school. Cliff has been riding since the 1960’s and the slides that the Berkeley Boys are famous for using and racing with; “The Coleman Slide.” Cliff met the guys back when they were young and was able to teach them how to slide so well. That’s one of their best advantages over the field, being mentored by a master. Click HERE for a short interview of Cliff celebrating 60 years of riding.
Here is a list of IDF events this year. After one race Byron Essert is looking good!