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davis
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« on: January 12, 2013, 02:04:15 PM »

My parents said to me when i started skating i have to wear a helmet and I hate it i have tried to talk to my my parents my dad doesnt care its my mom she says if i dont wear a helmet I cant skate what should i do? How do i get her to let me skate without a helmet.
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 09:08:10 PM »

Wear a helmet when you're atleast working on some crazy shit. I never had an issue falling of my head or anything, but I did invest in knee and elbow pads.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 11:04:30 AM »

your parents are only trying to look out for you.  you can't fault them for that.  moms especially. what really becomes the most important thing in skateboarding, is falling properly.  sounds stupid, but it's true.  it's what lets you get up for another try.  it's a learned process which, over time, you can develop.  strange, i know.  learning to fall.  but it's the only thing that keeps guys going. 

maybe your parents don't feel you have enough skill on a board to let you take it off.  it doesn't matter if you can do a kickflip when you look like you're going to fall over when you push down the street.  see if you can involve yourself in something else that requires you to tumble.  take a gymnastics course, trampoline or anything that involves tumbling.  approach your folks with that idea and maybe they will take you a bit more seriously. 

or just grow a pair.  dad's on your side already.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 04:32:11 PM »

Sometimes I feel so old when kids ask questions like this...But I'll be honest and answer yours; you still live with your parents and you kind of have to do what they say as long as that's the case. Think of it this way son: At least your folks are cool with you skating at all (albeit under their rules.) My parents hated me being a skateboarder when I was a kid and wanted nothing to do with it. Never ever bought me a skateboard.
When you get older and move out, pay your own bills, etc., you can decide whether you want to wear a helmet or not.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 08:00:20 PM »

Thanks a lot for replying! I understand that my parents are just trying to look after me. I just dont like being called a poser and shit when i wear a helmet like when im at a skatepark i feel like sometimes im not being judged on my tricks but on the fact im wearing a helmet. plus im getting a little old for a helmet it would be one thing if i was like 11 or ten but im almost 16.

Thanks again for your advice!
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2013, 08:28:00 PM »

I havent heard the word poser since I was in highschool and I've been almost out for 10 years.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2013, 05:18:10 AM »

Thanks a lot for replying! I understand that my parents are just trying to look after me. I just dont like being called a poser and shit when i wear a helmet like when im at a skatepark i feel like sometimes im not being judged on my tricks but on the fact im wearing a helmet. plus im getting a little old for a helmet it would be one thing if i was like 11 or ten but im almost 16.

Thanks again for your advice!

sounds like more of a self esteem issue, than a helmet issue.   
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2013, 10:56:52 AM »

Some parks with pad nannies require helmets. Otherwise, it's a free for all. I respect a little grom a lot more if he is wearing a helmet because he knows he could crack his head open, and until he learns what his limits are, then the helmet should come off.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2013, 05:26:11 PM »

People calling you a poser go away. A wicked head injury does not. There's nothing wrong with protecting yourself, besides, pick your fights. I'm sure there are many other things that you don't agree on with your parents so no point in more drama.
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2013, 06:37:56 PM »

Don't worry about people calling you a "poser" or any of that shit either. There's one reason to be skating, and that's having fun. If people where you're skating are more worried about what someone's wearing on their head than sharing the experience of skating with everyone that's there doing it then they can fuck off. Worry about skating and having fun by yourself or with your friends and that's all that matters.

I'll tell you something else, a little bit about myself. I'm 37 years old and I live in an area where it gets cold and shitty 7 months out of the year. Luckily, there's an indoor park here. It's not the greatest, but it's someplace to go when we can't be in the streets. The point is, I have two friends (one right now because the other is laid out with an injury) that I go skating with. I know a lot of people casually, but I only go skating with these two friends...I've been skating for a long time and I like to think I'm a ripper for my age, but compared to some of the young kids that I run into at spots in the summer and the park in the winter, it's embarrassing sometimes. For example, I can barely skate switch at all...I know that these little fucks doing switch hardflips and shit are looking at the dude who's old enough to be their dad going really fast and doing back 180's up the euro and frontside flips on the pyramid and saying "who's that weirdo"? Now...I could either be self conscious and embarrassed because I'm not as good (by today's standards) as the guys who I'm skating with, or I can not even think about it and have the best time in the world skating with my friends. That's what skating's all about kid...Don't worry about what other people think about you. It's about that feeling that it gives you man. That's all that matters.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2013, 08:01:26 PM »

That's like anything though. Long as you're having fun, who gives a shit what someone else thinks. Coming from the eastcoast, I know all about the shitty weather. What's even worse is when summertime rolls around and it's just too fucking hot to even do anything because the humidity just kills you.
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2013, 08:03:54 AM »

Don't worry about people calling you a "poser" or any of that shit either. There's one reason to be skating, and that's having fun. If people where you're skating are more worried about what someone's wearing on their head than sharing the experience of skating with everyone that's there doing it then they can fuck off.

Exactly.  Just wear your helmet and blame your parents for being lame.  Be grateful that they bought you a skate and gear and have fun.

Realistically, I have never hit my head skateboarding.  But, any time I learn a new trick I put my helmet on, because it only takes ONCE.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2013, 11:59:34 PM »

I agree with everyone here, wear the helmet. One good crack to the skull is all it takes. But aside from that if it keeps your parents happy and you Skating its all good right. Skating is the important thing and who cares what anyone else thinks. Couple years you'll be 18 and then do what you like, then you can wear the helmet or not.

I'm 44 and pad up always. My wife's a nurse and she see's major head injuries from all kinds of sports injuries, Skating included. Her prerequisite for me getting back into skating months ago was for me to wear my pads and Helmet and I could care less what anyone thinks about how I look. I'm at an age though where I cant afford a serious injury so I don't mind wearing it all, but I'm having a blast and that is all that Matters to ME!! So go skate wear the helmet and and have FUN!!! Easy enough.

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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2013, 06:33:31 AM »

I've been skating for 30 years, and have hit my head a few times, luckily none too seriously. For some of those, I wish I were wearing a helmet. Hit my temple on the coping of a qp when I was 12 and could barely stand up for half an hour or so, and felt sick for much of the day. Got tripped up by a manhole going downhill at night when I was in JHS, hit my head on the road and spent an hour sitting on the curb puking. Hit the back of my head on a concrete wall last summer, and had convulsions. It's at the end of this clip:

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Nothing wrong with wearing a helmet.

And remember this: if you're willing to wear something that some people think makes you look lame to do something you're into, that's the exact OPPOSITE of being a poser.
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 04:33:24 PM »

bring it with you and wait till your mom leaves
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