WARNING: graphic images of injury on steps 2, 3, and 4.
Step 1: Remove the Board Leash. Great, Now You're Done
Back in April, kiteboarding legend Pete Lynn came to visit and test out some prototypes at Squid Labs. After a great session, he gave me a lecture about how I shouldn't be using a board leash and how the most pain he's ever felt was in direct relation to a board leash. I brushed it off claiming I always wore a helmet and used a length of rope rather than an energy storage device, like a bungy, to attach my board.
Saul wants it to be known that he's been on my case for years to ride without a board leash.
So, Pete's back in town and yesterday it was windy, so we went to beach. Before going out on the water, he gave me another lecture about board leashes and again I acknowledged, but ignored it. It was windy and we had prototypes to test!
If you're the type of person who can learn something without, say, a blow to the head, you're done. Enjoy kiting without a leash. If you're like me, by all means, carry on to the next step!
WARNING: graphic images of injury follow!
Step 2: 1 Hour After
When people ask if they should wear a helmet for kiting/biking/sailing/whatever, I always say I've invested too much in my head not to wear a helmet, but the choice is theirs. I think this would have been a lot worse if I hadn't been wearing a helmet.
Step 3: Next Morning
I've learned my lesson! Hopefully you have too.