Another friendly reminder of things you can do to stay healthy and keep kiting. Wear that helmet! You can read the complete thread from Kiteforum here.
"Well it was blowing 20knots so I dropped down to my 8m , it was a bit gusty by about 7 knots.
I launched it gusted the kite back winded and started to move in front of me,
I started to un hook (to late the trigger got pulled) full power in the power zone.
I said to myself is this it is this how I die, it was the rocks in front of at low tide or it was the road, I got pulled hard into the air and then came down on the rocks hiting my head.
20 stitches and about 40 staples it took to put my scalp back together.
Iím having trouble focusing out of my right eye.
Broken shoulder and collarbone concussion.
My head wound could have been avoided if I used a helmet.
I know they donít look cool ,but Iím not bulletproof an either are you , so please put a helmet on it will save your life.
when I say the kite back winded as the kite took off ,and the wind gusted the wind cam slightly more east and caused the kite to want to launch in a differant direction.
I plan to get get strong again by swimming and then get back on the horse , and beet the fear demons out of me.
I realy love kiteboarding and i'm not ready to give it up yet.
now I've got a bit of time on my hands ,I'm making some custom boards for local riders (taking a bit of tome seing I can only use one arm )and doing some kiteboarding photography."