Basic Physical Requirements:You need to already be skilled at the basics of riding a skateboard (i.e. you have good balance and can push, and turn your skateboard. Learn basic skateboarding or basic longboarding first). You need full function of your arms, legs, and mind. You should not attempt to learn this slide or ride your skateboard if you are intoxicated or under the influence of other substances.
To quote Cliff Coleman, “If you can crouch down and ride a skateboard, then you can learn this slide.”
Safety Equipment Requirements:Your safety equipment and gear is vital. You will need a good safety helmet which covers your skull and has adequate coverage of the lower portion of the back of your skull to the level of its junction with the upper neck. Do not be cheap with your helmet purchase. Excellent helmets can easily be purchased in the $50 to $100 range. More importantly, always wear your helmet. If you fall and hit your helmet, you will need to replace it. Do not feel bad about buying a new helmet. That helmet probably saved you from a traumatic brain injury or death and should be thanked for having done its job. There have been 6 reported longboarding deaths in the media in the past 3 months. None of these skaters were wearing helmets at the time of their accidents.
You will also need adequate sliding gloves. Skateboarding quality knee pads and elbow pads are a must as well.