Riding SAFELY is a priority for us at Freebord and we hope it will be for you too. We love freebording, but we must also recognize that it is a dangerous activity. While we can never take all the risks out of riding, there are a lot of things that riders can do to minimize those risks.
Safety tips to consider before riding your Freebord:
- Freebords function differently from conventional skateboards and are dangerous. The Freebord can unexpectedly slide sideways or stop abruptly (if you catch your downhill edge). Know your limits and freebord within them.
- Always wear protective gear when you ride: helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads. Be aware that protective gear cannot and does not protect against all types of impact. You can still get seriously injured if you’re wearing protective gear. Always ride with caution.
- ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET. The helmet should fit properly (snug but not too tight) and have a chin strap (that you use). Make sure your helmet meets the standards set by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), or EN 1078 (European Standard).
More info on helmets and CPSC certifications here: www.bhsi.org
- Make sure you know how to assemble, adjust and tune your Freebord correctly. Check out the Assembly and Tuning page for more info.
- Always give your Freebord a safety check before you ride. Check for wear and tear. Check all nuts and bolts to make sure they are tight (including wheel and kingpin nuts).
- Be sure you know how to stop and control your board before you start riding with any speed or on more hazardous terrain. Observe traffic and areas where you cannot Freebord safely.
- Learn to fall. Practice falling on grass or other soft surfaces. Don’t put your hands out to stop yourself, and try to roll rather than absorb the fall with your limbs. Do what you can to protect your head. The more you practice falling correctly, the more it will be become habit.
- Know what to do in an emergency. Freebording accidents can happen. Don’t panic. Call 911 for medical assistance.