FLandOBX wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:02 pm
(Chime in, "bucket effect" folks.)
The bucket effect is primarily an issue with a helmet that fits too loose or a chin strap that has not been tightened. If you have good fit, and manage your chin strap, you minimize this effect to where it is extremely unlikely that you will ever experience the bucket effect, let alone be injured by it. But do not put yourself at risk by using a loose fitting helmet or loosely adjusting the chin strap. Personally, I would also fear the bucket effect if my helmet was too loose and would just go without. But I would score a new good fitting helmet the next day.
While a sample size of one person does not make for a completely reliable statistic, I have not had a bucket effect injury in all my years windsurfing and kitesurfing. I have, however, been saved from impacts that damaged the helmet (would have knocked me out) on almost a dozen occasions. Thus 11 saves to my head (keeping me from drowning), and 0 issues with my neck, makes me believe the helmet is worth it.
Oh, and I have not used a leash on any directional since the "reel leash" on TT's along time ago. When I progressed to directional boards, I was good enough to body drag in pretty much any condition. That said, if rocks or a dangerous reef were an issue at a location I could not avoid, I would definitely consider using a leash.