Title is basically it, I was out in Venice Beach shooting with my new Osmo gimbal just enjoying the evening right after sunset. I pull off the bike path for a bit here https://email@example.com,-118.4833023,3a,75y,172.38h,102t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTWQea0oqQg1Xruc_t2A-oA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Im watching some of the footage when this big dude rolls up to me on a metro bike and starts yelling “look at you pussy ass bitch ■■■■■” and starts saying he’s gonna beat me up, which honestly he probably would have if I didnt have my helmet from the recent @JLabs group buy. This guy just starts throwing punches at my face! I put the visor down and was like, dude knock it off, which incited him to actually get off his bike and start coming at me for real. I stay facing him and pick up my board and remote while he’s punching my helmet and for a split second considered using my board as a self defense weapon (outward-mounted machined aluminum motor mount) https://esk8content.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/uploads/db2454/original/3X/c/7/c71b876e0ddec9f964113e4cd9c7622b0fd2a56c.jpg
but thankfully I was able to actually distance my enough to set my board down on and get a grip on my remote.
I start heading up Barnard Way, which is a pretty long smooth street that I take every day to get to work.
This dude gets back on his bike and ends up following me! I start cautiously gunning up my speed, I dont normally go more than 15mph but this guy was freakin nuts and was seriously trying to catch me and started saying he’s gonna kill me. . I lose him for a bit, then get back on the bike path to get back home and he finds me AGAIN and keeps aggressively shouting that he’s gonna kill me. At this point I floor it and (shout out to Ronin trucks) was able to make a sharp turn down a sidewalk that threw him off for a second, here: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-118.4820962,3a,75y,52.72h,97.74t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s_sRjuhigmDWm2W3wkDwVHg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D_sRjuhigmDWm2W3wkDwVHg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D38.327805%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656
then I turn around and head back up the bike path to Barnard and turned off of a sidewalk that connects with Main Street. https://email@example.com,-118.4833581,3a,75y,73.83h,89.21t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sjGG1WWUDdX4WYoszKQ8z-A!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DjGG1WWUDdX4WYoszKQ8z-A%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D285.03802%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192
Main street is not a good street for going fast because of all of the cracks and potholes to I figured that if he could still see me and follow me, I should start going up this big hill https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-118.4811371,3a,75y,68.55h,104.51t/data=!3m9!1e1!3m7!1sxU8RLL7oXTni2M1z7rQwQA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!9m2!1b1!2i44
because there’s no way he could keep up with me on these hills and it would give me time to breath and think of the fastest/safest way to get home on a Saturday night through Venice, which has some GARBAGE roads for e-boarding. I eventually make it to whats actually one of my favorite restaurants, Cafe Gratitude
, and just hung out there for about an hour while I cooled off and waited for my legs to stop shaking. After I was able to think straight again I headed back home and now here I am. Really freaky night, I feel like I definitely owe my safety and well-being to all things e-board related in that moment.
I attribute every aspect of my safety in that situation to my e-board and also to @JLabs for the generosity with the group buy that finally pushed me to buy a full face helmet and use it for EVERY RIDE. Shout out to @chaka for the invincible VESC that flew my uphill to safety, plus his insane drivetrain for not coming lose like my others routinely do and for handling the wild acceleration I was pulling, AND for the Ronin trucks for not being a wobbly mess at speed and allowing me to confidently maneuver while going ~20mph on some narrow paths.
Just a few weeks ago I didnt have full face protection, my motor mount would NEVER stay in place and was COMPLETELY unreliable, plus going even a little over 15mph on my cheap trucks was horrifying because of speed wobbles. Situation would’ve ended differently had I not recently made the investment in high quality reliable parts.
Im still a bit shook, not sure how to end this, but everybody please take safety seriously! It doesnt matter how “safe” YOU are, its the OTHER people around you need to worry about!