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 Post subject: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:37 pm 
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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).

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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! :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:07 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:06 pm 
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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?

Just curious :)


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:16 pm 
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you need to create an automatism...but I guess this comes now naturally ;-)

When I get washed, and I know my board is behind me (no leash!) I always put my arm behind me to protect the head.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:45 pm 
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By habit now (self-preservation) as soon as I wipe out in waves I sine and move the kite around to drag me away from the board. Sometimes I fly away even before hitting the water!

And I wear a helmet too... Protek watersport, so comfortable.


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Toby wrote:
you need to create an automatism...but I guess this comes now naturally ;-)

When I get washed, and I know my board is behind me (no leash!) I always put my arm behind me to protect the head.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!


Me too, you can usually tell if the board is going to come your direction, so I'm used to putting my arm over my head. It hasn't hit me yet though.

Tiago has the correct answer though ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:23 pm 
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I'll never get one of them over my noggin?


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:56 am 
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John-B wrote:
Tiago1973 wrote:
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I'll never get one of them over my noggin?


if you do then you probably have bigger issues


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:49 am 
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dyyylan wrote:
Toby wrote:
Tiago has the correct answer though ;)


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.


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 Post subject: Re: Board banging on your head
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:11 am 
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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.


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