Warning: This thread is going to be preachy.
We’ve come a long way as a community in the last 12 months with regards to safety, for better or worse not many unsafe acts get past the esk8.news safety police these days and members who are not taking adequate precautions should expect to be challenged for two reasons.
We don’t want to read another story about a member of our niche community in hospital or worse from an incident that could have been prevented or at least mitigated by the use of basic safety gear.
When you fall over, break your bones or crack your skull you affect more than just yourself, much more in fact. Your loved ones have to worry and care for you, your acts end up being worse for them than you. You also put everything we’re doing here at risk because every single EV accident makes the news these days. Electric vehicles, for better or worse, are buzzwords right now and tabloids love an easy story. Being simplistic they don’t understand the difference between what we do here and a generic hire scooter and so lump us all together.
It’s important to remember that you are responsible for your board and the people who may ride it. Someone wants to borrow your board but doesn’t want to mess up their hairdo? Tell them to eat shit and ride off into the sunset with a clear conscience. Being safe is more important than looking cool in front of your perceived peers. Be consistent and be smart please.
“I’ve gone downhill in my underwear at 97mph on 32mm wheels while eating a burger, I know what I’m doing” - That’s lovely, it’s also irrelevant when your wheels lock up from any one of the myriad of electrical problems that can and will occur on your board eventually from time or misuse. Wood, bearings and urethane are trustworthy, you know what they are going to do. Add motors, pulleys, DD, BMS, battery, ESC/s, switches, wiring, fuses, sag, drag and the list goes on… now you’re in the land of faceplant.
“I’ve been skating for 46 years and I’ve never hurt myself” - That’s lovely, see above.
“My friends make fun of me for wearing a helmet” - That’s lovely, get new friends because your friends are cunts.
Absolute basic safety gear should consist of a helmet, full face much more preferred but at the very least make sure that its a properly certified helmet, ideally designed for skating so that the back of your head is protected.
A more complete set of gear would be:
Full face helmet
Gloves with wrist protection
Hip pads of some sort
For recommendations please see and contribute to the below threads.
To prevent this thread from falling away into obscurity can we please use it to document our past and future failures and show vivid images of how a helmet, kneepad or glove has saved us from risky injuries? That way new members entering the forum can read this and get a sense of our safety culture and understand why we’re passionate about it.
Please tag people who have cracked a helmet open, lets see them!
Thank you. I shall go back to my regular activities now.