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?