A few days ago I went out on my first ride of the year, its been cold and icy here I took a chance and went out when it was not raining but was still a little wet.
I was riding my meepo deck swap on a Powell Steve Cab. 80’s reissue (way shorter than a longboard and has a real tail) I was going about 16mph on the pavement then got a little ‘stutter’ from the motors as they hit some rock salt / sand mix. I can normally cope with these stutters but with the sand+wet and turning next thing my back foot has left the board - was quite interesting to have a few seconds while I knew I was going to slam I had time to realise there was nothing I could do and had quick chuckled to myself when I thought ‘oh I wish I was in VR right now’
I slammed the road hard, my knee taking first hit, then my thigh then finally rotated onto my shoulder and back and came to a rest. I was only wearing a TSG Pass helmet, after inspection i see I would have hit my head on the front and on the back and feel incredibly lucky to have not done some real lasting damage to myself.
So here’s the thing - I own fully body armor and only wear it when i plan on going fast - now I will always wear at least