Still trying to get in touch with my three main people. I was able to find Cliff online today and I am trying to get in touch with him to set something up. That means two of my ideal five are on board!
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!
The history goes all the way back to the island of Oahu, HI.(1) Back prior to the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when companies like Roller Derby made commercially produced skateboards like this one.(2)
When the waves were low the island boys needed something to keep their chops fresh. They took wheels off of roller skates and screwed them onto planks of wood. Originally it wasn’t called skateboarding. It was called sidewalk surfing and the term skateboarding was coined once the commercial market took shape. The first boards commercial or not were pretty dangerous. The metal wheels and poor bearings made for a rough and sketchy ride. After a bit of commercial production had taken place the clay wheel was developed and it rode much smoother and with more grip. Finally urethane wheels were invented by a division of the Bahne longboarding/skateboarding company called Cadillac. This is what wheels are made of today and pushed the grip and ride quality of skateboarding to where it could become an extreme sport. Pro downhill boarding owes its lineage to this development and history. Without this history there is no sport.
(1) Links page 1,2,7,14
(2) Links page 13
Had fun going out with my friend Josh and a few of his buddies. Good day of play and fast runs!