not to make light of the situation but I have never heard of a pro having a serious head injury due to an accident in kiteboarding. please correct me if I am wrong
Not sure if he'd be considered a "pro" as in competitor but I think that Kinsley Wong's recent head injury accident is pretty directly comparable to this in terms of value of wearing a helmet.
And that he is known to be one of the most skilled kiteboarders in the sport goes to the notion that it CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.
From the first post in that thread:
"Yesterday Kinsley Wong of extremebigair had a bad accident and is in critical condition in intensive care.
Kinsley is a fixture of the kiting community of the central coast. The kiter with the biggest smile I know!
He is also the organizer of the biggest kiting event in Cali.. Kite Expo in Pismo Beach.
Let's all keep him in our thoughts and hope he pulls through.
Initial reports say he hit his unprotected head on a rock on the beach. He was unresponsive and had to be airlifted to hospital."
...this injury didn't happen because of lack of helmet it happened because somebody was at the wrong place at the wrong time. A helmet is not a bad thing but don't feel safe because you are prepared for the worst learn what to do so you don't put yourself in that situation.
Agreed 100% about the staying out of squalls etc. But the reality
is that kiteboarding is an extreme sport
and there are a million scenarios that can go from fun to becoming a retard (yes I said it, and I say it for the shock value for those who don't get it, not for those who have been injured already) in a second. Falling and hitting a submerged object is one. Another kiter running into you is another. A line breaking while launching on a tight beach.
But a helmet can make the difference between a headache and my
becoming a 'tard
. So I'm gonna start wearing one.
I like this one!
I wish my fresh water friend a speedy and full recovery. I suffered a head injury in the past(some may think that explains somethings) but I was able to recover fully and quicker then predicted. A positive attitude is the key imo.
Awesome that you recovered (relatively!
) well and thanks for the thoughts for Yurii!