Hamboards, photojournalism and the nature of risk
Skateboarding can be a great aerobic and core workout, but falling off a board onto concrete or asphalt is also a great way to a serious head injury. That's why California Vehicle Code section 21212 requires helmets on skateboarders under 18 years of age.
Photojournalists don't stage shots -- we capture our subjects as they are without directing them to do things like put on safety gear. This does not mean The Times endorses skateboarding without head protection or pads.
-- Peter Y. Hong
Photo: The Hamboard, at nearly 7 feet long, is designed to feel like a surfboard. Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben