The other bad thing to do is be half hearted and decide you want to ‘take it easy’. The trouble with taking it easy is you are on the back foot to a degree. The best advice is to take the bull by the horns, push full speed into that biggest hill, don't roll in trembling, do some slides, carve it up, you are in control, tell yourself that, project it!
One thing that is harder to account for is psycho asshole pin dick drivers that try and scare you by getting up your ass and beeping or just pretending you don’t exist and forcing you into parked cars, lamp posts or footpaths. People in cars should respect anypone who is on the road unprotected by a metal shell, bikes, skateboards, even rollerblades (I could have made the joke about it being okay to run down bladers but that shit is passé these days.) We are the warriors of the road so bow down, running down a skater is like shooting a mighty samurai with a gun, no honour.
This one night just after I had moved to Dunedin I was hyped to hit some hills so Morph and myself hit it. Did a few nice runs and were starting vibe hard until we were going down York Place and some asshole driver charged up behind Morph so he moved to the shoulder out of the way to let him pass, but instead of passing him the driver hung next to him as they were heading into a corner at high speed and basically steered him into the footpath. I saw the whole thing looking back up the hill and it was so heavy, morph has a completely different bail technique to me where he jumps forward and slides on his front calf, so he gets up screaming obscenity, locates his board and comes down the hill looking at his wounds in disgust. At least nothing was broken, it’s that old motorcycle saying ‘It’s not how fast you go, it’s what you hit!’ Lucky he didn’t hit anything.
The next important thing is to have some sort of background or education in first aid, make sure you have a decent first aid kit with sanitary bandages and antiseptic cream.
But. If you don’t, there are alternatives. The following is a small photographic documentary on how to use Black builders tape, toilet paper and special Chinese herbal potion, which to me just seemed like a little bottle of spicy Chinese Jagermeister that burns like hell and makes your wounds look like some toxic avenger shit. Happy bombing peoples! Disclaimer: Liggas Lemonaids takes no responsibility for any injuries sustained or infections from the first techniques shown below. :D LL