A goal of mine is to start skateboarding more and pushing my skills forward, including on transitions (pools, pipes), and I'd like to reduce the risk associated with that by getting padded up.

Purchase research

Knee, Elbow, Wrist pads: https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Triple_8_Saver_Series_Pad_Set_3_Pack/descpage-T8SVPS.html


Helmet: https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Bullet_Deluxe_Skateboard_Helmet/descpage-BUHLMB.html

Natural deck: https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Skate_Warehouse_Blank_V-Natural_Deck/descpage-SWNDDK.html (if not go for a bulk eBay order)

I like trying new tricks and approaches, and because these things are new, that's when the probability of hurting myself is significantly high. Accordingly, if you see me wearing a helmet and pads, it's because I'm pushing myself.

A lot of extreme sport media is currently oriented around whether a particular activity is intensely difficult for the average athlete in that sport (if not just the average general person). And that isn't as interesting to me as people make it out to me. Bear in mind, here, that the average skateboarder might not even be able to kickflip, so, really, what are we accomplishing here?

I look forward to seeing an extreme sports media that gives us the sense that each athlete is pushing themselves, learning, and having fun. This is not the average skateboarder, this is *the* skateboarder.

Suppose that I am preferring to only practice one type of kickflip, really high, conservative, and low-speed ones, while there's many other types of kickflip that I could do: low ones, wobbly ones (think: shifties!), high-speed ones — in general, perhaps it has been the case that rather than forming an understanding of kickflips in general, with a bunch of variation amidst the sequential sets that form each type of kickflip, I have been over-fitting my understanding to the one model that I prefer, thereby possibly leading me to attempt to apply an improper model (the one I prefer) to irrelevant conditions.