hawaiikiter wrote:i wiped out pretty hard the other day going at high speed and loosing the edge and i realized how much it must hurt slamming from 18 feet and so.
how much does it take to brake a rib for example?
and can you dislocate a shulder buy landing wrong in the water?
also my feet hurts sometime after landning high jumps a little to fast and to flat.
can you get a brainconcussion from slamming hard on your head? guess so.
what are your experiences? any broken bones?
maybe itÃ‚Â´s time to buy a helmet and an impact vest...are impact vests enough to keep you floating?
Guys have broken ribs from hitting only water from bad jump landings. I suspect that I would have broken ribs a few times but for the impact vests that I have worn for a years. If you arms are over your head at time of impact , say during an unhooked move, the risk of fracture goes up.
I can't help you on the shoulder dislocation but there are lots of past injuries waiting to reappear with a nice impact so who knows? Guys have dislocated shoulders kiteboarding, I do know that.
As to brain injury, any time your brain sudden slows down very rapidly the potential for impact (against the inside of your skull) and torsion related trauma exists. In practice though I am not aware of many obvious problems, that guys have reported anyway, with impact against water. Then again if you crash and burn FAST after a botched kite loop or smoke into a bad landing from 30 to 45 ft. high, who knows? A helmet may help with impacts against hard objects. Against water it may actually hurt due to added mass and impact area considerations. Then again, look at all the lofting accidents ending over land. A helmet only makes good sense. Just pick one that fits very well, has low weight and drag, doesn't pickup water weight significantly, has good padding for the weight and stays secure.
If you are good enough to make higher jumps you need to consider doing whatever it takes to land somewhat under control. Otherwise ... ?