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    This is difficult for me to report but a good friend of WAC Longboarding, a fellow boarder, has passed away this week. Matt was riding a local hill and hit a patch of gravel and wrecked. He was not wearing a helmet and the force of the fall cracked his skull and caused his brain to swell. After being in a coma for almost two weeks he was pronounced brain-dead and his family made the very difficult decision to bring him off life support.

    I am not sharing this tragedy to scare people or two dissuade interest from this sport. Rather, I want to educate the longboarding community about the importance of helmets. We will never know if Matt would have survived had he been wearing a helmet, but we can speculate that it might have helped.

    Please, please wear a helmet each and every time you ride. I encourage all boarders to pass Matt's story along in the hopes that more riders will choose to ride with a helmet.

    Thank you for you time. Ride hard, ride safe.


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    I'm sorry to hear that.

    It's always tragic when someone dies as a result of a boarding accident, especially when it could have been prevented with a piece of headgear.

    Good sleep, Matt. RIP.

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    I'm very sorry to hear of that. Stay strong.


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    Its shitty to hear about a death in our extended family. Its tragic, and unneccessary, but atleast whatever suffering he was feeling is over and the family can begin to heal.

    paix matt, paix.

    <======(this is a pic of me right after a fall that was potentially fatal, but was saved by my mere 14 dollar helmet..)

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    my condolences to his friends and family.

    this thread can saves lives

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    i just ordered my first helmet today. shame he had to end it that way, but at least he was doing somethin he loved.

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    What a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

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    thats terrible. i'm very sorry about your friend. i hope other people learn from this and wear protective gear.
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    Default Re: Longboarding Death

    Quote Originally Posted by WAC-Handle
    Thank you for you time. Ride hard, ride safe.
    Sorry to hear about the loss, my respect and my thoughts are with your crew and his family.
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    Keep safe all of you. Wear a helmet.

    Sorry to hear about it.
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    really sorry to hear that... i'm going out to buy a helmet today.

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    It is terrible that it takes such a travesty as death to get some people to take the extra 5 seconds to put a helmet on. I mean it is hard to imagine that 1/8 inch of plastic and some foam padding can potentially save your life.

    Sorry to hear it man. I know every time I roll down a hill and make it I am thankfull.

    I wear my helmet, and pads, and gloves anytime I tackle anything steep.

    Noone is clairvoyant and you don't know what is going to happen, take the time and be prepared for the worst.
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    All my sympathy goes to the family, friends and to all the riders ...

    R.I.P


    I just read something that made me think twice...

    I wear my helmet, and pads, and gloves anytime I tackle anything steep.
    That 's what i do too. I even have two helmets... One for dh (motorcycle) and another one when i'm fooling around, or carving ...

    BUT.... when i'm just cruising, or in my frontyard, or on my homespot, sometimes , i don't put a helmet on...

    WE have to remember thats it's not when we are pushings the limits thats its the most dangerous...

    The most dangerous is when routine sets in, you get careless.... and see whats happens...

    I will meditate on that, and encourage people to do so as well...

    TAKE CARE
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    I am sorry to hear about that. I guess that even when you are not out pushing your own limits and are just out having fun, bad things can happen. I feel really bad and cant come up with anything to asay that will make you feel better. So how about an open invatation to comt to north carolina and make some new skating friends.


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    thats rough, sorry to hear.

    As someone above said, its amazing that it takes proof for most people to take simple things like helmets seriously. You can include me in that group, a few years back I had to spend some time in the brain trauma unit of the ICU when a friend was in a horrible car accident (he was one of the few lucky ones, he woke up after 3 months). I cannot imagine a more horrifying place being out there.

    I know full well that without that experience, I probably wouldn't wear my lid either. Stupid huh?

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    What is the deal with everyone skating today with no gear anyhow? I see kids skating bowls with nothing. In my day we all wore at least knee pads and we knew how to slide out on them if we did fall. In 20 years a lot of guys are going to have bad knee problems.

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    Man, this is way to close to home. Riding without a helmet. I just dont get it. Knees and elbowe heal Brains dont. Sorry man. My thoughts are with you and his family. And with all boarders. When one goes down we all feel it.

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    Default longboarding death

    Makes me pretty ashamed that the photo of me in the gallery shows me skating without a helmet ... I have one, but I've been bad about wearing it. Like others have said, I wear it when I know I'm going to be pushing the limits, but not when I'm just cruisin'. But it's when you aren't prepared that the worst can happen.

    I don't know about where you all live, but around here you see kids and adults all wearing helmets when they ride their bikes and it's just normal. I never see anyone on roller blades or skateboards wearing a helmet. I'm gonna wear it now. I have a wife and 2 kids to support.

    I just keep thinking how aweful the last two weeks must have been for that family ... Best wishes to them all.
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    wow, that is awful...i haven't worn a helmet for about 4 years, but after hearing this, it really hit me that i need a helmet....i have had a few close calls where i swore i would wear a helmet, but i never did...send my remorse to his family. I will pray for them and hopefully they make it through alright.

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    its a shame we need posts like this to encourage people to wear safety gear.

    whether u believe it or not, your life IS in danger when u step on a board.

    i bought a helmet the other day.

    Be SAFE!!!!

    my sympathy to matt's family.

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