Posts like these are impossible to write without succumbing to empathy, memories and sadness.
Before we even get into it, Motion Boardshop sends all of its sincerest condolences to the family who has suffered a loss this last week. No amount of words can justify the sympathy we feel, and it’s through incidents like this we must learn, and grow closer as a community.
Although details are still unclear, someone passed away in a local Seattle neighborhood from a head-on fall, without a helmet. Accidents in longboarding are far too real, and the hard truth is we are all liable for something to happen to us. Every time you step on a longboard, skateboard or anything with wheels, you are putting yourself at a serious risk. Executing caution in any of these situations is necessary, especially when in accordance with the most vital organ in your body, the brain. We take these things for granted, and after days, months or even years of skating, we enter a comfort zone of, “Oh, I’m just cruising,” or “I’m just going down the block, I’ll be fine.” We make these decisions consciously, without thinking about the possible outcome.
Some of the worst falls we have encountered have been in these situations; you can hit your wheel pushing, fall over a crack or anything, and tumble onto the most sensitive and important portion of your body. It doesn’t matter where you’re going, how intense the ride is, or anything, if you do not wear a helmet you are, consciously, risking your life. Skating open roads holds the same bearing. Once again, skill level means nothing. You may have hair-trigger reactions, your slides dialed, and a great skateboard, but one second you could be here, the next, under a car. Our team has a catalog of horror stories, which we share as precautionary tales to try and show people how intense things can really get. Open roads are nothing to mess with, cars will almost always win against a skateboarder, and that’s why you must skate open roads in your lane, cautiously.
It is imperative to keep this in mind, and never forget the danger that comes with everyday skateboarding. This, is why every video of ours ends with, “Be safe, wear a helmet.” This is why anyone that represents Motion Boardshop promotes helmets safety with the utmost severity, and whenever we spot someone without one, we always tell them to get a helmet. As the sun comes out, there’s more free time and skating happens more often, please be safe everyone. Along with all of this, if we want our collective passion of skateboarding to live on, executing safety is necessary, as to maintain a positive public image we have worked hard to gain after years of criticism and profiling. Wear your helmets, obey the traffic laws and be mellow, we want to skate with you all some more!
*The Ian Tillman Foundation is great organization for this issue and you can donate here http://www.theiantilmannfoundation.org/ian.html and if you’re local, contact us and we’ll get you suited with a helmet as best we can*