I beg everyone to wear a helmet. I know they don't look the coolest and aren't the most comfortable... but staples hurt a shit load worse. I wore one for a year and then decided it wasn't cool, so I stopped. Worst decision ever. Dialysis was a whole lot less cool.
Wear a fucking helmet. Be safe. Inspect your kickers and jibs before hitting them. Wear your beacons in the backcountry. Ride with friends. Take it easy in the trees, and don't board past your ability.
I didn't mean to open up a can of worms but I'm glad you posted. Thanks!
One thing though is that I rode for 17 years without a helmet. Hell I used to race for my high school without a helmet (this was back in the early 90's). I used to think they were pretty goofy looking!
Now I realize they are much more comfortable than a toque (no more itchy forehead, cold ear lobes, etc.), and I've got a place to mount a chase cam to show my GF her progression.