|: I will look silly having pads in a rink but who cares lol.
Indeed, who cares. It's very unpopular with street skateboarders to wear protection. Almost none of them does. "Gruppenzwang" I would call this in German. But one of the best street skateboarders, Jeremy Reinhard, doesn't care and wears pads. He knows what they are good for and his skating is beyond any doubt.