Stepping up to the plate
15 Dec, 2009
Many people have wondered why I haven’t owned or wore a helmet and the reason has been I’ve been a firm believer in personal responsibility and judgement. I don’t ride outside of my skill level and I am aware of my surroundings on the mountain which has worked for me in my time riding and knock on wood never had a bad incident that involved my head. Accidents happen and helmets can save lives but I also believe that personal responsibility and judgement goes father in preventing them.
My venture into the park this year is what changed my thoughts on wearing a helmet. I haven’t taken a bad fall, you know where your board slips out and your head comes down on the rail or hardpacked snow but I’ve seen it happen to my friends who are wearing helmets. Each time I saw them experience that, I thought that as much as I wanna learn park again that I should be protecting my head within the park because it’s one place on the mountain I can’t control how I’ll land or fall.
So yesterday I made the switch and my helmet arrived in the mail. I’ll be trying a Sandbox Brain Bucket to give myself some more protection in the park and I’m looking at trying a Bern helmet on the mountain, two companies I fully support and want to try out. I still won’t be the rider that thinks their invincible on the mountain and perform skills beyond my level but it’ll be a good step in the progression session I’ve been working on and just a extra protection for my time in the park.