Interesting thing over the past week or so. Our good friend Kevin Minty (I know that is not the spelling, but it should be) thought the skatepark was a UFC ring and went for the flying head butt. A little blood from his ear and it was off to the proctologist (wait, that would be for blood from the rear, oh well I am sure it was some type of doctor). Now Kevin is walking at a 45 degree angle every where he goes (don't worry, doctor says he should get it back to no more than 15 degree angle in no time). Always trying to keep up a few days after Kevin's slam I decided to do a flying back dive into a waterfall, unfortunately is was made of concrete. I only managed to get a lump on the back of my skull, sorry Kevin I cannot keep up with the gnar.
So this leads to an interesting thing. Why don't we wear helmets?!? Are helmets uncool. Well, in a literal term they are (it's kinda hot in there). Do I care if kids wear helmets, wrist guards, knee pads, Burnquist hip protectors, lace savers, etc? No. If you feel more comfortable wearing pads then go for it. Do what helps you progress. Why don't I wear pads or helmets? It does not make me more comfortable or feel like landing something I normally wouldn't. It actually has the opposite feel. I don't like the restriction that pads give and actually to me skating is about a feeling of freedom. To me that freedom comes from letting my body feel the wind and sometimes the concrete.
I have been skating for quite a while (actually