Yesterday I was doing a downwinder. Half way down there were some great waves (about 2 to 3 meters high). In one of them I crashed and when I came up to catch some air - Bang, and the board hit my head. A clear cut and blood running down.
I kited home and when I came out of the water and other kiters looked at me, asking what happened, everyone of them told me it had happened to them in the past too. I was amazed...
But there is nothing you can do other than be careful and to be prepared that the board might hit you (and no, I don't want to start a new helmet discussion).
PS: When I came home from dinner and we had a last drink at our friend's apartment, I showed them something on their TV. When I went up - Bang, and this time a cut and blood running off my forehead...you can imagine the laugh. It was definitely not my day yesterday!
Did you have.... straps?
Were you using a ... board leash?
Was there a lot .....of whitewater and the wind onshore to side on?
Where you underpowered.... kite too small ...of a wind lull?
Where you doing a turn.......... to avoid getting munched at the time?
NO NO and NO to boots in waves! Read somewhere that a pro kitesurfer almost drowned by just letting go of kite in boots and realizing too late that you cannot swim with arms alone in biggish waves. Gess what - your feet are bound together .
Need to be able to kick the board out and use all limbs to take care of staying afloat. 'this said after a coupla decades wave riding in various contraptions.
Remember Ruben Lenten saying he nearly drowned in big surf with boots on..
bruises = keep kiting
cuts = have to let heal if you don't want blood poisoning
so i make sure i sand/blunt my fins a bit every now and again, and i have cut down and rounded old surfboard noses just below eye socket radius or put a nose guard on lol Never look around to see where your surfboard is in the white water at that crucial time! been there...
Mind you i did that recently to a board and the bloody fish tail point stabbed me in the face when surfing.