Posted on: July 12, 2013 in Interviews
|About||Brand Manager for Predator Helmets, used to manage sales at Timeship Racing. Had a Pro model board with Madrid Skateboards for a few years.|
|Country||American living in Vancouver, BC|
|Likes||Skiing,powder, burritos travelling the world and meeting new people and cultures through skateboarding.|
|Fun fact||Everyone thinks I’m from new Mexico, but I’m actually born and raised in San Francisco, CA|
1. Which helmet(s) do you wear ?
For a full-face I wear the Predator 2013 DH6 Team Full Carbon edition. It is both CPSC certified and CE EN 1078 certified. For a half shell I wear Predator’s new helmet the FR7 in the hybrid construction.
What protection do you use ?
NJK leathers for life with special BMW NP foam armour in the knees (something like G-form). Timeship Racing slide gloves and pucks. Smith Scabs kneepads. POC spine protector under my leathers for racing
What safety precautions do you take when riding on open roads ?
If it’s a road I have never skated I usual ride very conservativly and well below my ability level. Following someone who’s skated the road before helps. If it’s a road I’m comfortable on and know well, I push it harder but generally speaking I ride conservativly. Skateboarding is dangerous, which is why it’s so fun, but I always want to be able to skate the next day. Spotters on roads with tight/blind corners are a must if you want to go fast.
Have you been into any serious accidents ? If so, did protection help you there ?
Never broken a bone skating! Messed up my shoulder pretty bad sliding out into a curb going decently fast. Plently of sprained ankles, bruises, road rash, etc. Probably my worst injury is a herniated disc in my mid-back, thats been ongoing for the last 2 years.
What’s the best (safety) advice someone gave you ?
Have you ever refused to ride an event, because safety measures weren’t taken (enough) and if so why ?
No, I’ve never refused to ride, but if its raining and there is not much protection in terms of hay bails, I’m riding VERY conservetivly.
What changes would you like to see/propose in terms of safety regulations (during events) ?
Most events I’ve been to are pretty good. I’ve definetly seen a lot of events with not enough hay bales or protection from natural obstacles.
What do you think of the current helmet policies from IGSA/IDF ?
I was hoping to see the IDF enforce a more strict helmet rule than just “full face” but this is only their first year, we’ll see what happens down the line.
What do you think of introducing a motorcycle helmet policy on IGSA/IDF events ?
Bad idea. Motorycle helmets are bulky, heavy and have poor visibility and hearing. If the IDF or IGSA did this, they would most likely be effectivly digging their own grave. I don’t think either org(anisation) would do this.
Is there something you would like to say about safety which hasn’t been addressed in the previous questions ?
I think there are alot of misconceptions about helmets and whats “safe” for what we do. I see alot of people posting stuff on the internet about helmets, various certifications and whatnot who really have no idea what they are talking about. I’ve learned alot about helmets technogloy and the certification process in the last few years working at Predator. Helmet certifications are indeed a science, but what I think people don’t realize is that its still a “rough” science. Just because a helmet is certified to a certain standard, it does not mean it will protect you from any fall at any speed for a given sport. Downhill skateboarding is dangerous, riding on open roads is even more dangerous, you could die. Ride safe!