So it happened... after cruising with style and grace, improving those deep carves and even stopping and setting the board down at will, it finally happened. At around 8am on Sunday after setting out early to get some sunrise pics and having a beautiful ride in the deserted streets of my little town, it all came to a very abrupt halt.
Now I'm not exactly sure what happened but can only put it down to a combination of over confidence and not being fully awake. Somehow the board completely went from under me and at around 10 mph or so I hit the hard, unforgiving, cold wet concrete of my high street. Seriously winded and barely able to stand, I had no option but to get back on and ride the short distance home... Reeeaaally slooowly.
Wearing only wrist guards for protection, my left elbow required 6 stitches and I've been unable to walk without crutches for 2 days due to some bad ass bruising on the left side of my pelvis. Luckily nothing broken and my head didn't make contact.
So what have I learnt?
I will be getting a helmet.. I know my head didn't make contact, which supports my initial reason for not wearing a helmet, but the overwhelming thought is that it could have been much worse.
I will keep anything of value on the right side of my body when skating.. The leading left side definitely took all the impact .. Luckily my camera and iPhone were on the right side and unscathed.
Respect the board and my own ability. My car can probably reach around 130mph. There are good reasons I don't drive at that speed.
So there we have it. Feeling less sore this evening and looking forward to grabbing a helmet and getting back on the wheel. It'd be good to hear some similar experiences from others here, especially from those who've been riding a while, and also what you've learnt (if anything!) from them. Maybe it'll help others with their choice of safety gear and what to do when it all goes tits up!