Words and Photos by April Whitlow, Editor
Boardettes‘ Teresa invited a few of us girls down for the Antix filming. I had a previous appointment that ran late and almost missed out but decided to buckle down and bus it to Greenwich for the last hour of the session and it was definitely worth it!
We’ve posted about events at Greenwich Park before, like the Sunday Slalom Skateboarding School, Rainy Session with London Outlaws, Go Skate day 2014 and even Go Longboard Day 2013 . It’s a popular spot! Many people commonly go to the red hill (you can’t miss it… it’s pretty big, and very red), but there’s also lover’s lane around the corner with a steep little slope that’s perfect for sliding with a nice flat stretch behind for dancing too. That’s where I went for this session.
A bunch of the regular guys were already there (and some sadly already leaving) but still some familiar faces to say hello to and watch their runs!
As I arrived Teresa was there teaching Antix team-member, Priya how to carve; Longboard Girls Crew UK Ambassador Helena was also already on the hill taking some runs; and the rest of the Antix crew was busy getting people signed up to the app and filmed.
here’s one of Teresa’s dance routines:
Check out Helena’s run here:
One thing I will say about the Antix crew is that they have leaps of confidence and enough positivity for everyone! They encouraged me to take a few runs and try out my colemans which were shaky at best but George was always there to take another run as follow cam and cheer me on through the many attempts and bails!
This was one nearly successful shut-down slide, but my foot came off at the end. Any tips for making sure I stay on?
Another Antix team-member, Robin, tried his hand at colemans. He really went for it with run after run, even nearly taking out filmed and Antix’s social media guy, George at one point.
DISCLAIMER: and not to put Robin down, but for those learning to coleman as I did notice he was stink-bugging it. For those who don’t know what stink-bugging is, this means he was colemaning with one arm in-between his legs which some people like to do, but I will warn you that it is super easy to high-side and get tossed off your board in this position and it also limits your mobility and ability to react in a bail ie. it’s easier to get injured this way. It does look like the road gave him a little kiss 😉 but everyone is learning and Robin is hardcore and will keep on shredding!
You can grab your board with your arm on the outside of your leg if you are more comfortable grabbing your board, but I personally prefer having my arm out and not grabbing the board. It’s all up to you and what you are comfortable with! Below these images I will include some of my current favourite Youtube videos so you can check out tips on how to do both of these versions of the coleman safely.
This video below is one that I’ve been watching a lot to help myself practice as I learn them myself.
I will also include a popular video in which the guy demonstrates how to coleman with the hand grabbing the rail so you can see how to safely coleman in this way.
What videos have you found helpful? Leave the links in the comments below and I’ll be sure to watch them! Also if you have any tips for colemans for myself or Robin, feel free to leave those as well!
Robin ended the session with a successful 180 which we were all really stoked about! It was a great chilled session and hopefully next time I’ll be able to make it for more and practice those colemans again with everyone!
Many thanks to the Antix Crew and to Teresa from Boardettes for inviting me down and for the fantastic photos!
Read our most recent article:
or for the rest of the Greenwich Park session articles:
GO SKATE DAY – LONDON 2014 Photo Gallery
GO LONGBOARD DAY 2013
TBT – This is not a sponsored post
WHERE TO FIND US