'Sliding' Into Middle Age

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NPR's Alex Chadwick shares a sneak peek at a story we'll broadcast Tuesday, about two middle-aged guys who practice sliding, a radical type of downhill skateboarding.


This is DAY TO DAY. I'm Alex Chadwick.

Coming up in just a moment, three young guys on the road to discover where they want to go in life.

First, a program note about something coming up tomorrow, when we meet a couple of middle-aged guys also on the road--on a steep, winding, downhill road.

Mr. CLIFF COLEMAN: My name is Cliff Coleman. I'm 55 years old, and I was raised in the hills of Berkeley, California. I'm a skateboarder.

(Soundbite of skateboarding)

CHADWICK: We'll meet Cliff and his pal Jim Klugitsch(ph), who race downhill at speeds over 40 miles an hour on skateboards without a helmet.

Have you ever wrecked?

Mr. COLEMAN: Sure. Absolutely. I've taken some falls, but not as bad as you might think. If you push the envelope, that's when you get hurt, and I'm not always pushing the envelope and trying new tricks. I'm definitely skating within my ability limits, 'cause I have to be at work at 6 AM five days a week.

(Soundbite of skateboarding)

CHADWICK: Downhill skaters and the inventors of the Berkeley-born style they call sliding. That story tomorrow on DAY TO DAY.

Unidentified Man: Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!

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