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On this page i will try to cover the basic idea of what slalom is, the equipment you need and what we have done with it.

"Slalom is all about speed and control, you move in and out of cones, the fastest one through the cones is the one who wins the competition...its very simple...when you race the first one across the line wins."
 
Chris 'Clingfilm' linford. (quote from 'Rollin through the decades')
 
 

This is the man i saw a video of flying down a hill through cones at Brans hatch, he was going so fast and was in total control.
 'I need to try that' i thought, after a few e-mails to and from him i had the genral idea. So as soon as i had the money i started to build a slalom setup. Then i was  told about the 1st Wasteland classic by a guy called Sam G, from that moment on i've been hooked. The way it tests you and the fact that it is alot safer than most types of skating makes it is very enjoyable. I hooked up with Another very nice guy called Curly Curt, we started running simple runs on the seafront at Hove and before long there was a regular crowd of great guys and dual cyber slalom and an offset coarse most weeks, we all now push each other to become better with many heated debates on technique and set-ups and we have drawn a few of the london guys and other from all over, down to our great spot by the sea.
I love our friday sessions. Thanks guys.

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EQUIPMENT:
 
Slalom equipment is a little more specialized than some types of skateboarding.
 Essencially it consists of:
 
TRUCKS:
 
 A rear truck, that is stable, gives you the most traction possible and set at an angle to make it turn as little as possible.
 
And a front truck, that turns quickly.
 
These range from 85mm to around 150mm hangers and are amongst the narrowest of trucks on the market. Very soft bushings (khiro being the most popular, white) are used on the front and the hard end of the spectrum are used on the rear.
 
WHEELS:
 
Wheels that are made of top quality urethane, with a good rubound and in duros (hardness) that range from soft:78a to hard:89a, combinations of hard on the front and soft on the rear are normaly used, again for speed at the front and traction at the back, these come in sizes between 62mm to 76mm diameters, but 65mm to 70mm is most common.
 
DECK:
 
The deck comes in various shapes and sizes, this ranges from 24" to 36" long and around 8" wide.
 They can be made very simply from birch or maple ply, some have fibreglass added, and this varies up to the top class carbon and foam core decks.
 
OTHER BITS:
 
Wedges are used on most trucks, to tune their turning ablity, the front can be wedged with the narrow end toward the front of the deck, this makes theangle of the kingpin more horizontal, the bigger the degree of wedging the more the front truck will turn.
 
 The rear can be wedged or de-wedged, this is that the wedge is also used with the narrow end toward the front, but because the truck is fitted in mirror image to the front truck, it places the king-pin more vertical, which in turn lets the truck roll, but stops it turning.
  
 Proper fitting spacers are used in the wheels between the bearings and speed rings or washers on the outide of the bearings on the axle to ensure the bearings run smoothly.
 
Trucks, decks and wheels, that are produced for slalom all try to maximise traction, speed and stability.

HOVE SLALOM VIDEO 2006

CADWELL SLALOM COMP FEB 2008

HOG HILL 'THE CRACKLIN' JULY 2008 VIDEO

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09.03.06