The arsenal of tricks at the freeriding session was seriously impressive, long slides and all four types of speed checks were seen on a regular basis thanks to Jorge Higgins and his cheeky switch toesides (6406). Josh Monk and Luca Coleman turned up after about half an hour in a very glossy and cool looking MG, they quickly took to the hill to show us how Aera trucks can make any board look badass (4624) and how flat-spots should really sound. Certain slides started to trend amongst the riders, the layback slide (6444) and “slut drop slide” and it’s evolved state known as the ‘synchronised tandem slut drop 180 slide’ (6445) became the must-get-dialled tricks of the day. The slide session was pumping all afternoon, the stoke levels were high and many locals stopped to watch the almost continuous flow of skilled riders sliding on their local hill. Energy levels began to drop from an intense day of skating and the mere mention of fish and chips sent half of us on a mission to get a greasy potato fix, which was convenient as we had just about forgotten that we were meant to meet some other longboarders in Hyde Park for an after dark session and the chippy we found was just next door to the tube station.
After a greasy-fingered and over-crowded tube ride up to Hyde Park Corner and a nutritious diet coke we kicked things off again, playing with different camera settings and flash gun positions to get the best out of the night’s action. The ghosting effects of the flash guns got us all energised and the session was much more fun than anticipated regardless of how cold it became after the sun set. Christina ‘Ballerignar’ styled out some very smooth cross-steps on her insanely long and girthy board and Jorge experimented with some no-complying in a shameless attempt to show off his skills with sticker arrangement. Stephen, a very hospitable person and regular Hyde Park session organiser from the London Longboarders allowed me to test out his new dancing board, I forget what it was but it was the nicest feeling dancer that I have ever ridden, nose manuals were a dream.
Despite the lack of hills, there is certainly a great deal of fun to be had in London as there are so many people that are always up to skate, regardless of what style of longboarding you feel like doing. When you roll with the London Longboarders it is very likely that you will meet some like-minded and interesting people from all over the world who ride longboards and know how to have fun on any kind of gradient.
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