TO THE GUYS WHO DON'T WEAR HELMETS BECAUSE IT'S NOT COOL, AND THE LADIES DON'T DIG HELMETS. YOU ARE ALL FULL OF SHIT.
You don't wear hemets cause YOU don't think they are COOL. Or you probably ride in FLAT water somewhere in 11 knot winds. That to me is really COOL. We ride in waves at a beach with lifeguard stands, beachgoers, wood fences, and surfers. I wear a HELMET and an IMPACT VEST all of the time, no exceptions.
I have had a Litewave 181 hit the BACK of my HELMET twice. The HELMET paid off twice, if not for it the HELMET, I would of had stitches, at LEAST. Instead I laughed it off, thanked my HELMET, kept riding. You HELMETLESS PUNKS, have fun in the ER, because chicks dig SCARS, especially skull lacerations to expose that empty cavity where your BRAIN should be occupying. May be you can hold her feminine napkins in there, because that looks COOL too.
I saw a guy today, 20 knots on-shore conditions. He wears a board leash on a directional, NO HELMET. It was only me and him on the water. I saw him get tossed around by a wave, and the board behind his head. I said he's lucky if he gets through this one. He got through it but he won't be lucky all of the time.
Being a NICE guy, I talked to him to see what he would say. To quote him exactly, here was the dialogue.
Brett: Hey, just wondering, How come you still use a board leash?
Guy: I hate swimming for my board.
Brett: You can stay upwind, you don't really need it.
Guy: No reply
Brett: If you are going to use a leash, you should definitely wear a helmet.
Guy: It's a matter of personal preference.
PAUSE - I looked at him telling me this, I thought may be if he dies kiteboarding, oh well, he doesn't care, why should I.
Brett: I just don't want to see anyone get hurt.
Guy: I appreciate what you are saying, thanx, a lot of guys preach to me their safety BS, It's a matter of personal preference.
It is a matter of preference, because no one can make you do it unless it's the law, like riding on a mountain bike trail with a helmet.
It'll just be one less guy in my way, one less guy to launch, or land. It is called:
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, DARWIN'S THEORY. ACTUALLY IT IS SURVIVAL OF THE MOST PROTECTED.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU COOL GUYS!