Recently there was a severe accident discussed at:
Marina responded with an excellent suggestion for kiteboarders and particularly travelers. She is involved with a prominent kiteboarding business in a third world country, Kitexcite in Cabarete, DR, and is in a good position to know what she is talking about. She advises that kiteboarders particularly solo travelers, carry the following on them if feasible:
1. Identification such as a photocopy of a passport
2. Emergency contact information
3. Health insurance card
Also, informing people nearby, other riders, concession operators, etc. who you are, where you are from may help as well.
Marina advises obtaining emergency travel insurance to cover hospital, doctor, outpatient costs overseas, air lifting out of the country if needed for additional medical attention, flies in somebody to help you, covers partial lost wages and other misc. benefits. If folks have links to this type of coverage in various countries it would be good to upload them to this thread. All these documents could be folded into a small ziplock sealed carrier and stored in your harness, impact vest pocket or other area.
Sound like a pain or unnecessary? You may be right, IF things go smoothly and there isn't an accident, either yours or one caused by another involving you. Accidents do happen though. Then these simple procedures may make a tremendous difference in quality and speed of medical care at home or abroad.
The contributing causes of this accident are not rare at all and are practiced by many riders. Things like riding in very shallow water in onshore winds, with minimal safety equipment, using a poorly rigged/tested quick release system, hooked in nearshore, etc. Luck doesn't last forever, skill isn't always enough to carry the day, the only thing that works consistently much of the time, is good, sound technique. Use distance, a well rigged/maintained quick release, safety gear including a good helmet and consider avoiding onshore winds.