10 Questions to… Patrick Switzer

10 Questions to… Patrick Switzer
Name Patrick Switzer
About Producer of Greener Pastures
Country Canada
Age 25
Discipline Downhill skateboarding
Likes Bacon, RV Life, Slack-lining, Photography
Dislikes Not making flights, falling, rocks in my sandals
Fun fact I steal airplane blankets

1. Which helmet(s) do you wear ?
Triple 8 Full-face and half-shell. Both dual certified.

2. What protection do you use ?
NJK Leathers with BMW kneepads, Gform elbow, hip and butt pads built in. Rayne gloves, Triple 8 knee pads, Holesome pucks.

Patrick Switzer in action

3. What safety precautions do you take when riding on open roads ?
Ride in my lane, be cautious of traffic on roads, slow down in intersections, communicate with other riders if safe or not, give vehicles the right of way, try to put myself in the shoes of the driver how they would react to a skateboarder.

When skating with a group in a possibly busy area with intersections, have the first person to arrive stop and spot the corner. While they communicate to the skaters if it’s safe to continue the group is not slowed down, unless there is traffic. If so, they can communicate with the riders to stop and the car if need be to continue. Once the group passes, the rider can catch up and enjoy the next corners that are spotted for them!

4. Have you been into any serious accidents ? If so, did protection help you there ?
My leathers have saved me from serious injury countless times. Although I haven’t concussed myself, my helmet has saved me as well from multiple impacts. I have injured ligaments in both my knees due to hyperextension in crashes (see below).

Patrick Switzer crashing

Lesson learned: “Respect the hill”
Photo credit: Frank Magree

5. What’s the best (safety) advice someone gave you ?
Race smart, not fast.

6. Have you ever refused to ride an event, because safety measures weren’t taken (enough) and if so why ?
I have spoken up to organizers multiple times about safety issues. These issues are generally promptly dealt with.

7. What changes would you like to see/propose in terms of safety regulations (during events) ?
I’d like organizers to talk to riders more and see how the track is from their perspective and what could be changed. Communication overall.

Patrick Switzer and George Mackey @ Catalina Island Classic (pic by Adam Stokowski)

Patrick Switzer and George Mackey @ Catalina Island Classic (pic by Adam Stokowski)

8. What do you think of the current helmet policies from IGSA/IDF ?
IGSA took a stand on certified helmets. IDF allows any helmet even if they fly off your head.

9. What do you think of introducing a motorcycle helmet policy on IGSA/IDF events ?
Wont happen. Moto helmets for the most part are too heavy with reduced visability. They are not ideal for our sport.

10. Is there something you would like to say about safety which hasn’t been addressed in the previous questions ?
I’d like to see more clinics that focused on educating riders on safe riding practices and how to work together as a community to teach and enforce safe practices.

5 comments for “10 Questions to… Patrick Switzer

  1. August 26, 2013 at 15:22

    An extention to #9… There are a few helmet companies such as UVEX who offer a DOT certified helmet with decent visibility and weight. They still have their disadvantages, but there are other options.

  2. byron
    August 26, 2013 at 17:14

    is stealing pucks safe?

    • Melvin Schuthof
      August 26, 2013 at 19:41

      nice one byron!!!

  3. koma
    August 26, 2013 at 17:50

    neither on freeride runs or race !…but there are no governing bodies on freerides Byron…

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