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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby jeromeL » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:55 pm

I think it depends, landing from kiteloop I love rather have the board on my feet even when I'm about to crash, the water impact with board and butt is a lot better than without board.
Without board usually a body part catch water and you start to tumble hard ... with board you smooth out initial impact and just skip on top of water.
Only time I would kick board is if you loose one foot, or you have 0 support from kite like that picture:
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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby POACHER » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:48 pm

Jerome, I saw that pic in Kiteboard Mag and I still LOL'ed when I saw it. I remember you posting that vid here and saying "Damn........that's my nightmare right there." Good stuff.


Last year in Hatteras I did a jump in front of my buddies who were swapping kites. My one foot came out and I kicked the board off. I landed ass first almost on the board with the fins up. I felt it hit my harness. Didn't hurt and I didn't think anything of it. End of the session I looked at my harness and it had a big gash in it.
Glad it hit the harness and not my leg/foot/assy neck.

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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby jeromeL » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:53 pm

POACHER wrote: Last year in Hatteras I did a jump in front of my buddies who were swapping kites. My one foot came out and I kicked the board off. I landed ass first almost on the board with the fins up. I felt it hit my harness. Didn't hurt and I didn't think anything of it. End of the session I looked at my harness and it had a big gash in it.
Glad it hit the harness and not my leg/foot/assy neck.
so far never hit fin but could be bad...

The other day wiped out and somehow kicked board downwind of me, kite was about to crash downwind of me so looped it, I hit board rail right on my upper thigh, I was in board short so my thigh turned blue then yellow haha, a few inch to one side would have been bad lol.
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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby warbs » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:13 pm

Broke my ankle 3 years ago crash landing without my board in shallow water...

Pretty sure if any one of the following were true I'd have got away with it

Kept board on feet
Deeper water
Kept bar in (kite would've stayed powered and under control)

Not sure ditching your board is always a good idea

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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby Toby » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:48 am

Poacher: this is why you should never kick it in front of you, always to the side. That's what I always do when I know I won't land it.

In this case here I know it was backwards and I still have forward speed so I won't be close.

I kicked it away once in front of me...my knee hit the edge exactly at the middle of the knee disc...I had a bend in it for weeks...but it didn't break. Got very lucky there.

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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby Flyboy » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:45 am

Is that Napeague Jerome? How deep is the water under you in that pic? I know there are times at Hatteras where I have found myself boosting in really shallow water - it's a temptation because the surface is so smooth - but screwing a jump up in <20 cm of water could be pretty nasty.

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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby jeromeL » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:40 pm

Flyboy wrote: Is that Napeague Jerome? How deep is the water under you in that pic? I know there are times at Hatteras where I have found myself boosting in really shallow water - it's a temptation because the surface is so smooth - but screwing a jump up in <20 cm of water could be pretty nasty.
Acrually i rarely do it in shallow water ususally I try at least hip high like in the real slick in OBx ;)

Thats not Napeague, its coast guard station in Eatons Neck, Longisland NY, those pond get deep fast a few feet from the edge.

I did screw up a tiny jump once in shallow it's painful, Sand blasted up from hitting bottom...
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In shallow spot I try to make sure landing area is deep enough but yep it's tempting to send it in shallow ;)
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Re: Advice - Don't crash with the board on your feet

Postby downunder » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:10 am

Nothing more trilling than boosting in 20cm of water😀
I think almost any jump can be softened by landing on a tip first under some angle.
also lifting a heel from the pads before the landing must come naturally. the more I lift my heel the more soft it it.
really, it is about the same as jumping on the land and having soft pads does not help much.

If rotating that's another story...


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