shin guards....always, 24 stiches in my shin off a 2 foot drop taught me that. full face always for a while, until you stop falling and crashing hard a ton. Replace broken components with heavy durable stuff until you stop breaking stuff.
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don't rush into anything, if you're not ready for something you could freeze up before you hit the stunt and seriously screw yourself over. just work your way into it and build up confidence on the little things before your hucking off cliffs and dropping 8' to flat concrete.
On a Heckler you can do alot. If you are looking for a bike to start freeriding on Transition makes some good ones. If you are looking to retrofit the Heckler you have a pretty good platform to start with(if your buddy doesnt mind). A bigger fork and some beefy rims and tires go a long way towards instilling confidence when trying more technical lines and bigger scarier stuff.
point your toes down when you catch air.
activly try to scare the **** out of your self
if ya ain't havin fun, stop
ride the heckler for a while, once you know your gona get into this, invest in a good bike, like a VP free or a stinky, it will make a world of diffrence. you can do a lot on a heckler, but you gotta KNOW how. when pushing your own limits it's best to be on a bike who's limits are far above yours.
ride with people who are a lot better then you if you can. it will help you progress better then a personal coach.