Based upon all the accidents that I hear about and write up in the KSI and the obvious impact potential of kiteboarders against hard objects IF things go wrong, MOST riders would benefit from wearing good helmets.Kitedude wrote:anybody wearing a leash.
Rick do i win a prize fro answering the question right.
Reasoning through things, for advanced riders popping higher jumps (greater than 25 to 30 ft.???) and today perhaps messing up high speed kite loops, there is some risk of the added drag presented by helmets in causing neck injuries. If they use a poor helmet for kiteboarding, one with excessive drag, weight or water retention characteristics, the increased risk of neck injury or inflamation, exists in lesser impacts as well. HOPEFULLY, these provisions apply to few riders with the majority being more at risk from impacts against hard objects. I have been slamming in fairly hard to water for years with no apparent ill effects from helmet use. Then again, there are lots of individual factors in such considerations.Dr. Evil wrote:Rick,
I have hurt my head impacting the water doing rotations. Don't you think that a helmet would amplify the impact force causing a greater injury?
Most arguments for using a helmet surround people doing something stupid near the beach or a hard object.
What is the rational for a helmet in open water with no obstacles and of course no board leash?
Rick,RickI wrote:It was apparently the cut and pasted text from kitesurf.org that messed up the page width in this case. I try to avoid this as a rule these days. I just reformated the text, so hopefully you no longer have this problem with this message.
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