A year at the plate
07 Dec, 2010
I was hesitant to start wearing a helmet last season but as I ventured into the park and listened to my readers, I realized it was time to stop messing around and put a lid on it. Since then I’ve been rocking Sandbox and Bern helmets for the majority of last season, last summer and now this season. The reason I got a helmet was for my park progression as I started hitting bigger boxes and rails, eventually learning to ollie onto features this summer. Quite honestly I never hit my head as often until I started wearing a helmet last year. I guess it only goes to show when you start trying new stuff, you’ll fall a lot more often. Now after rocking helmets for the past year, I now wear them entirely on the mountain and can only think of a handful of days where I left the helmet at home.
When I got my helmet last year, I was afraid of getting that “I’m invincible” feeling on the mountain but now I’m used to the hard hat that covers up my head and I know that I’ll just keep doing my thing on the mountain whether or not I’m stepping up my progression enough. My Sandbox helmet has scratches and a lot of wear from the slam but its done its job so far.
I look at what riders are doing now and I’m amazed by the risks they are taking without offering more protection to the most important part of their body. After the year we just had in snowboarding with watching Kevin Pearce’s recovery, it’s amazing that it hasn’t hit home to more riders. It takes me a second longer to put on a helmet for the day and hope that I get to keep riding because of it.