Marty, man..that sucks and I wish you a quick and complete recovery.
As soon as I clicked on this post I wish I didn't, the reason being is that when I see the potential graphic consequences of kiteboarding I get a little more fearful. Although, fear is what keeps us alive and is absolutely necessary; it needs to be kept in balance. In my opinion, too much fear actually makes accidents more likely because in the moment, if fear is unchecked, you'll react to the fear rather than doing what is necessary to keep you safe.
The interesting part about this sport is its progression takes you to extremes. At first your scared out of your wits and as you start to progress you get the false sensation of being super human and indestructable. At some point later in your progression you find the balance that is necessary.
Any similar thoughts out there?
Well noted. Fear is a good thing when kiteboarding. I'm constantly in check of this making sure I realize I have it and noticing when it's pushing far into my current threshold.
It's not the fear that will get you hurt, it's the panic that can kill you. Staying calm when shit goes wrong is key to continuing to make the right decisions in those crucial moments. We all panic when we exceed our fear threshold and I think it's important to push into fear very slowly and recognize in an instant when you could be in deep and when you're tired.
Just finished watching "Chasing Mavericks". This is a great surf movie all about this exactly.
I always feel thankful just after landing my kite without injury, especially when I'm having an off day and as much as I wanted things to go smooth, they just didn't.