Wearing protective gear minimizes the risk of injury, especially when you're just getting started. Furthermore, it gives you more confidence to do tricks. Here, you'll find out why protective gear isn't only for skateboarding beginners and why wearing protective gear is sometimes absolutely necessary.
If you have attended or seen footage of a halfpipe contest, you probably noticed that the pros don't throw themselves into the vertical without proper helmets (> Fig. 01). If you want to enter the vertical, you should put some serious thought into purchasing protective headgear.
Beginners in general should consider wearing a helmet since falling is something you need to develop a feeling for, much like tricks.
When you purchase a helmet, make sure that it neither pinches nor sits too loose and moves around. Furthermore, it should always be properly fastened when you wear it and the straps should be adjusted to a proper length. That way, the helmet won't accidentally slip off your head when you fall.
Pads (> Fig. 02), which can simply be worn over your clothes, consist of a polyethylene cap and a bandage made of neoprene or other fabrics. Just as with helmets, we recommend that you wear full gear once you start to ride transition.
Falling onto your back is a classic move when you learn the drop in, and without elbow pads and wrist guards it's a pretty painful matter.