The Half Moon Bay Review reports that their police will enforce helmet regs but that pad use is discouraged. Unless you’re skitching, then no pads or helmet. Huh?
… Counterintuitively, the group opposes the use of pads and is urging skateboarders to send letters of support for AB 874, which would eliminate the requirement for elbow and knee pads at public skate parks. Skateboarding organizations take the position that requiring the pads does little to improve safety and leads kids to skateboard on the streets, away from safer, monitored parks. That may be so – and we accept their expertise.
Speaking as a 48 year-old vert skater, I can attest that pads can prevent injuries.