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why do skateboarders never seem to wear even a helmet?

Skater Eats Shit at El Toro Video

this guy sure wished he had one. seriously though, every time i see skateboard videos on youtube, i rarely ever see skaters wear helmets. it's mostly the street course. the pipe riders seem to be smarter about it.

what gives?

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Skater Eats Shit at El Toro Video

i bet this guy wished he had one. seriously though, every time i see skateboard videos on youtube, i rarely ever see skaters wear helmets. it's mostly the street course. the pipe riders seem to be smarter about it.

what gives?
Just like snowboarders in the urban scene same thing. Even when you look at riders in the BC or in the park. There are no helmets. Its a image thing

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Just like snowboarders in the urban scene same thing. Even when you look at riders in the BC or in the park. There are no helmets. Its a image thing
There has always been this stigma that if you wear a helmet your cool rating drops by 80%, so especially in those crowds where it's a bunch of scenester kids hanging around, the last thing they want is negative peer pressure from their friends. In the last 5 or so years though I've noticed helmets becoming way more widespread and people seem to feel more comfortable about wearing them and not feeling like they are going to get disowned

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if im doing something im comfortable with then no lid. if im learning stuff, im way more likely to wear one.

plus when i got to a park, i usually ride a lot harder, and helmet sweat is super gross!

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There has always been this stigma that if you wear a helmet your cool rating drops by 80%, so especially in those crowds where it's a bunch of scenester kids hanging around, the last thing they want is negative peer pressure from their friends.
I've been skating (mostly street) for 20+ years. Hobo is dead-on. Another mind-bender to me is that 90% of skaters do not wear cups when doing handrails (I have been guilty of that, too). I'm sure you have all seen the videos of skaters getting jocked on handrails at some point. It is a common handrail injury, and the end result can be devastating. Baseball players, hockey players, LAX players, boxers, etc., they have all figured it out, but for some reason skaters are just stupid and want to play with fire and their "manhood."

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cool or not, image, that guy looks kinda old. I too never understood why they don't wear helmets. I don't skate, but the cup comment is right on for rails, seen many a toe kringeing video of getting the boys splattered.

My kid pitches some in baseball and even when we are in the backyard practicing, I'll throw my cup on. I took a ball that bounced off the ground right into the bottom of my junk....never again.

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If I remember correctly, the guy in that video (he's a professional skater) was drunk when he attempted that..

I could be completely wrong, but that's just what I remember reading a longgg time ago when that was first posted on the net.

Anyways, I've been a skateboarder for about 8 years..always wear a helmet when I ride big park objects or snowboard, but in the streets, I don't wear one. I guess you guys are mostly right, it's the cool factor.
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I've been skating (mostly street) for 20+ years. Hobo is dead-on. Another mind-bender to me is that 90% of skaters do not wear cups when doing handrails (I have been guilty of that, too). I'm sure you have all seen the videos of skaters getting jocked on handrails at some point. It is a common handrail injury, and the end result can be devastating. Baseball players, hockey players, LAX players, boxers, etc., they have all figured it out, but for some reason skaters are just stupid and want to play with fire and their "manhood."
In my 11 years rollerblading, hundreds of trips down rails, many more falls and a bunch of times crotching a rail I hit my balls one time. The thought of wearing a cup and making the "target" bigger is never something I would consider. The fact is that once you know how to skate rails you know when it's going between your legs and you shift so it hits your thigh. A cup will stop a ball, or a random foot but it will not stop a 170lb man and will increase the chance of something bad happening to that area.

When it comes to helmets, I have never worn one on the street but have no problem wearing one at a park if it is required of me. Wearing a helmet at a park has saved my head 3 times. I've never hit my head in the street. I always wear my helmet while snowboarding. Too many random idiots and too much speed not to.
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honestly i've been skating for 10 years and there was only 1 time i hit my head, and i happened to be wearing a helmet because i was at a park requiring helmets. Skaters are more likely to break there ankle or wrist then bash their head, but i also dont skate shit like el toro, so maybe thats why.
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