thanks all for your kind comments.
I would agree with Gordon - if you're still learning, try and buy/borrow some padding. I was boarding for the first time, and was able to borrow some light knee pads and some 'impact' shoes which made a big difference. I also borrowed a helmet one day, which many will also recommend. Not only does it obviously give you protection, it keeps you warmer and keeps your goggles secure (i had 1 or 2 falls where my hat and goggles went flying
- thankfully i didn't really encounter any problems. I took 2 batteries along and was able to recharge at night so didn't get caught out. While outside, I didn't have any condensation issues with the camera or lenses but made sure I put it in my bag when going indoors.
I mentioned it before, but if you want to get some pics of yourself & family/friends while on a run, on a lift etc. take a compact camera if you have one. I missed not having mine.
To those that are going soon - have a great time!