JGTR wrote:we wrote:JGTR wrote:The joke is that most people who preach about board leashed still dont wear helmets, more danger from sustaining a head injury than being hit by your board.
Get hit in the head by what? Shark? If you want to be safe, a full PFD would be the most useful. I never could figure out why someone would wear a helmet but no PFD.
Its your own choice, a leash does speed up learning as you spend less time chasing your board. In cold weather it reduces the need to body drag which can flush cold water through your suit brrrrr. In areas with strong currents it stops board being taken.
It can cause injuries and I believe has been a factor in one fatality with a looping kite and the board acting as an anchor, but still injuries are rare.
More common is being dragged head first across land hence my comment about helmets.
Pretty much all competent kitesurfers do not use leashes and body drag to get their boards back so that should tell you if and when you should ditch the leash Upwind body dragging is very simple to do and extremely effective even in very light winds.
I thought we were talking about kitesurfing in the water. I wore a helmet snowkiting and also while snowboarding due to possible impact with the ground.