Words by April Whitlow, Photos by Olly Sail and Derry Hogbin
The Sunday Slalom Skateboarding School is a series of casual sessions generously run for free by top slalomer Louis Selby in order to teach, introduce and make a social space for slalom skateboarding. Recently Olly Sail, Alex Durdle and Derry Hogbin attended a session at Greenwich Park and took some photos for us.
For those of you who may not know, slalom is a form of skateboarding that first appeared in the 60’s and 70’s and has made a comeback in the 2000s. In a competitive race the course is marked by plastic cones and the racer tries to get through the course with the fastest time, while knocking down the fewest number of cones. Each cone typically carries a penalty of a fraction of a second which is added to the skater’s time.
The boards are typically smaller, narrower and more aerodynamic; the wheels are softer than most skate wheels; and trucks are are often hand machined precision products that include high rebound bushings, spherical bearings, and precision ground 8mm axles.
But don’t let the special gear worry you; Louis usually brings at least 3 spare decks and can advise you on how to set up your own board to best attempt a slalom course.
These sessions run every Sunday from noon (weather dependant), usually at Greenwich park, but sometimes at another like Hyde Park or Victoria Park. You can keep an eye on their Facebook page for any updates.
All are welcome, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced rider. You just have to bring a helmet and any other safety equipment you feel you might need (ie. gloves/wrist-guards), knee-pads, and elbow pads.
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