Hooked-in kiteloop gone wrong, 25-30 knots, 7 metre C kite. My bad for looping it a bit too soon, so didn't quite catch me on descent...
Anyways, the crash impact was pretty intense, basically the kite pulling one way and me flying the other. My (waist) harness was yanked super hard laterally; thought I had broken ribs from the spreader bar riding up. Couple of days passed since, felt like a knife cutting into my ribs every time I moved. Pretty painful.
Went to the doc yesterday, described the accident, and also mentioned that when I lay flat there's a (painful) "click" in the rib section, and when getting up another (also painful) "click". I can feel something moving around, wasn't sure what it was.
Verdict: the tendons connecting the intercostal muscles to the rib cage are stretched, so the muscles are moving around the rib area. This, because of a severe/sudden lateral pull, the harness gripped and displaced the intercostals upon impact, stretching the tendons. 2 weeks until pain goes away, 6 weeks recovery. Yay (not). The good news is doc said I can do sports etc., provided I don't have the same type of accident. Well, this is definitely an accident that could happen again. Nah, I'll just sit out the kiting for a bit. Or, an even better excuse to focus exclusively on unhooked tricks, so no harness impact
Not quite sure what to make of this one...the harness was on tight, on top of a 4 mm wetsuit. Maybe it's better to have a looser fit so it can slide a bit under a violent tug?
Might have to try a seat harness for a while, not my preference. But for sure, with a seat harness this type of accident would not have happened.
Wasn't even my main harness...it was a back-up I had laying around, 2007 model. This, since my 2008 harness stitching blew out (also because of a kiteloop), and is in the shop for warranty service.
Funny retrospection: after the wipe-out, I was in real pain, just wanted to get the hell out of that harness. Alas, the torture was meant to continue! First had to body-drag to fetch my board, all the while with my harness digging in hard right on the injury - that was the worst lol!
Oh well. Hopefully this will give a heads-up to others out there, of what could happen with this type of accident.