Hilarious thing happened to me today. I walked over a pedestrian crossing to walk to the other side of the street drawing some attention with my board in my hand. Now try to picture a man in his 40’s trying to look cool with his toy. As i got to the other side I put board down and stepped on it with my front foot while my other foot was still planted firmly to the ground. Still looking awesome… I could feel the people anticipating the moment…thier envious glance…how cool is that board! They thought…
Then it happened. My trigger finger squeezed the remote just enough to make the board go forward…but my other foot was still on the ground.There i was…doing a Jean Claudia van Damn!..involuntarily…not so elegant…waving my arms wildly in the air. Trying to keep balance. Everybody around me avoiding to get slaped by my out of control arms while I try to save what is left of my pride and dignity. My legs split further apart…my crotch starts to hurt. With a last effort, I find my balance once more…I didn’t fall to the ground but my ego was devastated. No helmet… no protective gear could avoid the damage done.
Legs wide apart and still standing (if one can say that). One foot on the ground and the other on the board. Oh how I wished I had reverse set on my VESC - that would have come in handy. I manage to pull my legs together. Stand up straight…put out my chest - a proud stance. This time I put both of my feet on the board and accelerate out of sight.
What can you do in such situations you ask? Well,you’re asking the right man. I can speak from my personal experience.
Make sure you have both feet on the board before you accelerate.
Learn how to split like a boss - just in case. You could then say it was intensional.
Protect your crotch at all times.
Pretend to do some stretching exercises to avoid total embarrassment.
Fluidly transition to a yoga pose if you do fall.
If everything else fails - rise from the ashes like a phoenix on an esk8…or fall down and pretend to be unconscious. Most people won’t bother to check if you’re OK. Carefully peek and check if the coast is clear and proceed with your day when all is clear again.