Over my years of instruction in windsurfing and kiteboarding, it is BLATANTLY OBVIOUS that if you give a beginner any excuse not to wear a helmet such as:Pemba wrote: ↑Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:19 pmI'm not aware that there is anybody here actively discouraging others (beginners) from wearing a helmet. Certainly I wouldn't. I have kited for something like 18 years but never with a helmet. I've never had an accident. Arguments presented in this topic have not convinced me that I should be wearing a helmet (on a twintip). Nor that I shouldn't. I will certainly try one.
1. Thier instructor not wearing one
2. Other kiters not wearing one
3. Videos of pros not wearing one even while pulling off unbelievable tricks and stunts
4. Helmets being associated with the kooks in any way
5. Or any idea, even something that goes against simple physics, that helmets "don't really provide a measurable degree of protection
-and you may as well advocate against helmet use. The desire to emulate, look cool, and eliminate just a little bit of the self conciousness that every beginner feels is just too strong.
But the real issue is that all of those feelings at the beginner level don't decrease with experience. They actually increase with experience. Deep down everyone knows this to be true. This is specifically why helmet usage decreases with experience, and why helmets are mistakenly associated with kooks. It's all due to vanity, self conciousness, and the desperation to look cool, which exists to some degree inside of all of us. Helmet users just have the ability to override that stupidity to a degree, and let thier enjoyment, safety of themselves and others, and good of the community, take precedent over those "feels".