Hard packed sand, that you can ride a narrow tired bicycle on, is virtually the same as rocks to your head. And any time you have a kite launching or in the air, you have the potential to become a statistic for a host of reasons like a line break (I've seen a brand new never used steering line snap), sudden gust, rotor, or simple misjudgment of wind speed or local conditions.
Eureka! You've discovered that there is no control bar to occupy your hands in prone surfing! Thus they are free to cover your head where you assume the board may impact you as you are being rolled in a wave.bragnouff wrote: ↑Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:46 pm2) Do surfers wear helmets much? not that many. Typically you learn to resurface with your hands protecting your face/head, and you have some situational awareness of where your board is when you fall. I typically don't wear a leash when kiting, so the board isn't kept nearby. Fun fact, last time I got injured surfing, I took a board across the eye socket, needed 7 stitches. Helmet wouldn't have changed anything. Was just a wrong decision to ride in a busy lineup.
And imagine that! I guess it makes sense that the helmet wont protect your nose, big toe, or even your taint..... because that's not what its covering! See now you're thinking.
The "educated choice" here? The risk you are reducing is a dirt nap (death), not seeing your kids grow up, getting kiteboarding banned at your local beach for EVERYONE, or brain dammage that could actually be a bit of an issue to kite with. What kind of noise are we talking to risk any of those things for? Will you be deaf in a year if kiting with a helmet? This would be the first time I've heard that excuse.bragnouff wrote: ↑Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:46 pm5) There is some level of discomfort, noise, ... It can be minimal, or you can actually enjoy it, even. But don't deny it for f*ck's sake! Again, same like booties, hood, sunscreen, sunglasses, ... long pants, underwear, shoes,... All with a downside to a degree. And we make personal, educated choices about each of them.
No one is stating that a helmet is a magic shield. And no one is an advocate for using a helmet specifically so you can do things you normally would not to without a helmet.
Plain and simple - be safe, think things through, be conscientious of others, and wear a helmet too. You cant predict every circumstance, nor can your skills be up for ever unforeseen event. Wearing a helmet costs nothing compared to the costs of not wearing one, and needing it.
So........... you admit that your "feelings" are more of an issue than the reality of the situation. Thanks, for making that one easy.