Interview questions

  • Who are you?
  • Do you skate board?
  • When did you start skating?
  • What set up are you riding?
  • Are you sponsored? By who?
  • Where do you prefer to ride in the Bay?
  • How dangerous is longboarding?
  • Do you get hassled by the police when you ride?
  • Have you ever been injured or wrecked bad?
  • Do you know who the Berkeley Boys are have you heard of the Berkeley Boys?
  • When did you first meet the Berkeley Boys?
  • Where did you first hear of the Berkeley Boys?
  • Who are the Berkeley Boys?
  • Where are the Berkeley Boys from?
  • When did the Berkeley Boys start riding?
  • How did the Berkeley Boys start riding?
  • How did they meet/form?
  • What do the Berkeley Boys ride?
  • When did the Berkeley Boys get on the map?
  • Who are the Berkeley Boys to you?
  • (Patrick Rizzo, Noah Sakamoto, Joseph Myles Duran) Out of the three Berkeley Boys, who do you believe has the best riding style?
  • Why do you think the Berkeley Boys are influential to the skating community?
  • Do you know who Cliff Coleman is?
  • What do you know about the Pendulum Slide?
  • Do you see evidence of their style of riding in the skating community?
  • What do you plan to do with your skating career?
  • Where do you see this sport going in the future?

How to stop!

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.

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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.

Air and foot


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.

run outA run out starting.


JM Duran Showing His STYLE!!!

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 Sakamoto

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.

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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.