yes i've have hadthe board smack me in the head in the waves. i had this deep indentation at the base of my helmet near my spine. that hit could have killed me or rendered me a paraplegic if i wasn't wearing a helmet.
so.... helmets for this white man. allways. without exception.
Yup... it's very very simple.
I have a helmet that has a hole in it the shape of one of my fins.
I also have a scar where the fin after going through my helmet cut my head.
If I did not have the helmet the fin could have done way more damage.
And I was not even using a leash... never do.
Not only do I wear a Helmet, but I wear a full cut kayaking helmet.
What people really need to understand is that after a good blow to the head
you can drown in no time at all. A helmet will dramatically reduce the chances of that happening.