Sorry to hear about your injury, BrunoC. Sounds painful.
I should have worded my description better...I didn’t rip the harness (ride engine carbon). The harness just got yanked so hard when I sent the kite into the gust it ended up high on my torso. I think I got lucky since my ribs are visually in a different spot and feel different but after 2-weeks I was back in 30mph winds riding the same size kites as folk weighing 75-90 lbs more than me. Just not sure if I should go seat (seems like I wouldn’t be able to hold down as much kite) or try the new Ride Engine setup since it may prevent the spreader bar from twisting.FLandOBX wrote: ↑Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:59 pmSorry to hear about your injury, BrunoC. Sounds painful.
I've always felt that spreader bar stability depends on having a correctly sized, good quality, stiff spreader bar pad, which keeps the spreader bar relatively stationary. If your harness rips, then all bets are off. I've had some rib/torso injuries from hard slams from high places ( ), but never from a spreader bar.
I'd think that a twisting spreader bar on a seat harness would impact the stomach area below the ribs. Similarly, a seat harness (vs. waist) wouldn't generally cause bruises or chaffing in the rib area. Again, if the harness rips while you're in the air, the rules change.
Hope you're back on the water soon.
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