I rode without a helmet today. The weather was beautiful so I went to Pier Park. I swept out the big bowl and then went to put on my pads and realized I had left my helmet at home. Since it would have taken me an hour to get home and back, I decided to skate without it. I had a good session.
This evening I came across a sad news story from New Zealand about a kid suffering a fatal head injury after riding a skateboard down a hill. We hear about these once in a while, it happens. A helmet would probably have saved him.
Our condolences to his family. Wear your helmet. Teach your kids to wear their helmets.