My XR arrived yesterday - totally new to any board sports - 57 year old rider - so far, so good - 4 miles and one get-off on rough gravel w/ a lil bit of road rash.
I ordered my XR in late April after becoming interested in "last mile" transportation devices. It started with electric scooters, then power boards, and then discovered the OW. I live in the exurbs of D.C. / Baltimore. My driveway is mostly gravel - roughly 0.2 miles long. I manage a large event venue in the D.C. Burbs with over 3 miles of rough paved roadway. I wanted a device that could handle rougher surfaces.
A local OW dealer was kind enough to give me a demo and first lesson about a month ago. It went well despite my total inexperience with board sports. I have been an avid motorcyclist since childhood - into off-road, street and roadracing. I was surprised at how quickly I took to the OW. Kudos to Bruce @ Capital Paddlesports for the demo and first lesson.
I had to work late on Wednesday - was chomping at the bit all day knowing my OW had been delivered and was sitting on my front porch. I got home and there was just enough daylight left for a short ride around the paved part of my driveway. Mrs. mtntrails was there to assist and call 911 if required. I was fully armored up - full face downhill mtb helmet, knees, elbows, back protector and road racing gloves. No problems - just learning the basics of balance, momentum and turning.
I brought the OW to work with me yesterday and had several opportunities to take a break and get in some short rides around our office. On my lunch break, I went to the local skate shop to pick up a set of proper skate oriented knee, elbow and hand armor - the motorcycle gear was a bit much.
When I got home, I took the OW for a longer ride. We have had extraordinary amounts of rain the past few weeks that has really taken a toll on the gravel driveway. I struggled to get out to the paved main road. Once I got out to pavement, it was all good - rode around the rural road and neighborhood streets - even shredded a big hill. My legs and feet were getting fatigued and I decided to head home. I started down the gravel driveway - the better track was slightly concave from all of the rain we've had and I was struggling to keep the OW on track - mostly due to muscle fatigue. I lost control and had a slow-speed get-off / face plant. Thank goodness for my full face mtb helmet - put several dents in it. Some bloody road rash on my left arm. In frustration, I started to walk back to the house - after about 40 feet of walking, I decided to get back on the OW to complete the ride home.
The dismount is a struggle - jump-off method for now, but I'd like to learn to gracefully heel-up dismount.
I've been pouring through this forum to learn everything I can. I so appreciate the OW community - thank you for all of your posts.
I'm really excited to get more time and experience with it - so much fun!