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WOOT!! Excellent day for a newbie!!

Postby MrBonk » Wed Apr 02, 2003 12:16 am

Woohoo!! I had *the* best afternoon yesterday :thumb: Pulled an early afternoon off work, went to the beach and managed to spend an hour+ in the water, most of the time actually on the board :D Got some good long runs going......as long as I wanted without falling off. Bailing out when *you* want to is much nicer :thumb: I managed to keep the kite in the air the whole time, right up until the very end when the wind dropped right off in close to the beach and it just fell out of the sky into the water. By then, my legs were so hammered that I was ready to quit anyway :) How chuffed was I? Well, about as chuffed as I reckon any newbie would be after a day like that......I've only had half a dozen goes at this so far (the weather hasn't been kind to me), so I reckon I'm making good progress :thumb:

On a different note, earlier in the afternoon, my wife and I were flying her kite (hooked to her harness, but me behind her with hands on the bar) so she could get a feel for it. When she'd had enough of being hooked in, I took the kite back and we body dragged for a while, with her holding onto the back of my harness. Eventually, I powered up too much and she couldn't hang on. Suddenly being 60kg lighter meant that I shot up out of the water like a rocket and ended up landing directly on my ear at a fair rate of knots. *Lots* of pain and now I can't hear in that ear. I can feel that it's internally swolen......sort of feels like I've got lots of water in there that I can't get rid of.....but it's not actually sore anymore. Anyone else experienced this? How long did it take to clear? I'm just wondering if I should bother going to the doc to see if they can clear it somehow?

Anyway, even with that little incident in mind, it was still a totally awesome afternoon for me. I'm even hungrier than I was before to get back out there and keep going :thumb:

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Postby Guest » Wed Apr 02, 2003 2:10 am

this happened to a friend while we were windsurfing at the Gorge a few years ago.

turns out that the sudden impact of his ear slapping against the water forced a ball of wax into his inner ear. the wax ball was putting pressure on his ear drum or something and was quite painful, plus it was messing up his orientation skills. The doctor irrigated his ear with warm water and out came a big ball of wax!

you can get earwax removal kits at the local apothecary, it may save you from the doctors bill.

good luck

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Woohoo DOH! :-(

Postby MrBonk » Wed Apr 02, 2003 4:26 am

Well, went to the doc.......seems I have a perforated eardrum. He's refered me to a specialist this afternoon to be sure. Ferchrissake......wonder how long he'll tell me I have to stay outta the water for :cry:

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Postby kitesuffer » Wed Apr 02, 2003 4:38 am

Bonk.
Bad news indeed! Ouch!

(Another reason to wear a helmet!!)

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Postby MrBonk » Wed Apr 02, 2003 5:27 am

kitesuffer wrote:Bonk.
Bad news indeed! Ouch!

(Another reason to wear a helmet!!)
I had a look at a helmet yesterday, but it had holes where the ears are.....not sure if it would stop this sort of thing from happening. Are there other helmets around that don't have holes for your ears? I'm considering getting a helmet anyway, because I'm looking at using a board leash while I'm learning. I'm wearing a vest already, so I figure I'll be safe enough using the leash if I get a helmet too. Just to avoid the lengthy body drag part.......also, a mate lost his board yesterday after a crash. Didn't have his name or details on it, so I think it might be gone for good :( Not cool.....I've been dragged a long way downwind before and totally lost sight of my board. Just lucky that someone spotted it in the water and took it back to the beach for me. If it wasn't for them, I would have lost mine too!!

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Postby kitesuffer » Wed Apr 02, 2003 7:18 am

The new version of the Oceanus reel leashes are excellent. Gath Helmets have a earhole that you can twist/slide open and closed

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Postby ZenWind » Wed Apr 02, 2003 7:53 am

Mr Bonk

Good move to go see the Doc. I did this type of thing wakeboarding years ago and my ear has never been the same. I can hear fine, but it is now way more sensitive to water getting in there and bothering me. I wear a Gath helmet to keep it from happeneing again. You should be able to get back on the water pretty quick, just make sure you at least wear an ear plug in that ear to protect it, and probably best to put one in the other ear to keep from blowing that one out too.

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Postby MrBonk » Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:50 am

Went to the doc. Have a perforated eardrum. I put a post up about it tonight. Goddamit :(

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Postby MrBonk » Wed Apr 02, 2003 11:52 am

kitesuffer wrote:The new version of the Oceanus reel leashes are excellent. Gath Helmets have a earhole that you can twist/slide open and closed
Got a link for either of those products to have a look at on the web?

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Postby kitesuffer » Wed Apr 02, 2003 12:13 pm

Bonk,
you must have damaged your resoursefulness as well as your eardrum

Google dude! :wink:


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