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Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby Toby » Wed May 13, 2020 3:55 pm

Who is more likely to get injured: a kitesurfer or a windsurfer? While the answer may not surprise you, what is truly interesting is the breakdown of injuries that occurred by skill level, as well as where kiting and windsurfing injuries are most likely to happen.


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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby Kamikuza » Thu May 14, 2020 3:38 am

Be nice if they’d broken down the injuries into sub-categories

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby UKSurf » Thu May 14, 2020 11:37 am

Have done both sports for a number of years Windsurfing can be totally safe or dangerous depending on how you practice the sport. Kitesurfing is inherently dangerous and in a totally different league in terms of danger. Sure windsurfing can be dangerous if you ride in large waves, do very technical freestyle or rotations but you have to add the danger to the sport. The blasting, jumping and gybing form of the sport that most windsurfers do is one of the safest high speed adrenaline sports you can practice in my opinion. With kitesurfing all it takes is to lose control of your kite, have an equipment failure, get hit by a gust or get tangled in your lines when the wind drops and you are in a very bad place very quickly.

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby matth » Thu May 14, 2020 12:44 pm

UKSurf wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 11:37 am
Have done both sports for a number of years Windsurfing can be totally safe or dangerous depending on how you practice the sport. Kitesurfing is inherently dangerous and in a totally different league in terms of danger. Sure windsurfing can be dangerous if you ride in large waves, do very technical freestyle or rotations but you have to add the danger to the sport. The blasting, jumping and gybing form of the sport that most windsurfers do is one of the safest high speed adrenaline sports you can practice in my opinion. With kitesurfing all it takes is to lose control of your kite, have an equipment failure, get hit by a gust or get tangled in your lines when the wind drops and you are in a very bad place very quickly.
Exactlly ......20 or more kiters get killed world wide every year from Kiting injuries, I don't thint 20 windsurfers have died in the past 20 years...

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby purdyd » Thu May 14, 2020 2:16 pm

I think there is a greater chance of injury in windsurfing, but a greater chance of dying in kitesurfing.

There is just a lot of stuff you can impact when windsurfing.

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby UKSurf » Thu May 14, 2020 4:42 pm

matth wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 12:44 pm
UKSurf wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 11:37 am
Have done both sports for a number of years Windsurfing can be totally safe or dangerous depending on how you practice the sport. Kitesurfing is inherently dangerous and in a totally different league in terms of danger. Sure windsurfing can be dangerous if you ride in large waves, do very technical freestyle or rotations but you have to add the danger to the sport. The blasting, jumping and gybing form of the sport that most windsurfers do is one of the safest high speed adrenaline sports you can practice in my opinion. With kitesurfing all it takes is to lose control of your kite, have an equipment failure, get hit by a gust or get tangled in your lines when the wind drops and you are in a very bad place very quickly.
Exactlly ......20 or more kiters get killed world wide every year from Kiting injuries, I don't thint 20 windsurfers have died in the past 20 years...
And most of the windsurfers who died just happened to die of old age while windsurfing :thumb:

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby HugoMC » Thu May 14, 2020 5:01 pm

matth wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 12:44 pm
UKSurf wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 11:37 am
Have done both sports for a number of years Windsurfing can be totally safe or dangerous depending on how you practice the sport. Kitesurfing is inherently dangerous and in a totally different league in terms of danger. Sure windsurfing can be dangerous if you ride in large waves, do very technical freestyle or rotations but you have to add the danger to the sport. The blasting, jumping and gybing form of the sport that most windsurfers do is one of the safest high speed adrenaline sports you can practice in my opinion. With kitesurfing all it takes is to lose control of your kite, have an equipment failure, get hit by a gust or get tangled in your lines when the wind drops and you are in a very bad place very quickly.
Exactlly ......20 or more kiters get killed world wide every year from Kiting injuries, I don't thint 20 windsurfers have died in the past 20 years...
That's was my thoughts too.

I wonder do they equate for the fact that there is more Kiters than windsurfers 👍

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby Faxie » Thu May 14, 2020 6:33 pm

Kamikuza wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 3:38 am
Be nice if they’d broken down the injuries into sub-categories
There was a more recent study in the Netherlands where a lot of kiters were followed for a certian period (I participated as well), and had to fill in a form every few weeks. I cannot find hte presentation itself, but this is the (in Dutch) presentation that was given at a safety conference in 2015 of 16. Only kiting, no comparison with windsurfing.

https://spoedzorgnet.nl/sites/default/f ... surfen.pdf
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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby Kamikuza » Fri May 15, 2020 4:02 am

Faxie wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 6:33 pm
Kamikuza wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 3:38 am
Be nice if they’d broken down the injuries into sub-categories
There was a more recent study in the Netherlands where a lot of kiters were followed for a certian period (I participated as well), and had to fill in a form every few weeks. I cannot find hte presentation itself, but this is the (in Dutch) presentation that was given at a safety conference in 2015 of 16. Only kiting, no comparison with windsurfing.

https://spoedzorgnet.nl/sites/default/f ... surfen.pdf
I meant more by “style”...

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Re: Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing Injuries

Postby Faxie » Fri May 15, 2020 4:25 am

Kamikuza wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 4:02 am
Faxie wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 6:33 pm
Kamikuza wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 3:38 am
Be nice if they’d broken down the injuries into sub-categories
There was a more recent study in the Netherlands where a lot of kiters were followed for a certian period (I participated as well), and had to fill in a form every few weeks. I cannot find hte presentation itself, but this is the (in Dutch) presentation that was given at a safety conference in 2015 of 16. Only kiting, no comparison with windsurfing.

https://spoedzorgnet.nl/sites/default/f ... surfen.pdf
I meant more by “style”...
We had to enter that in the form as well. Freestyle/ride or wave. Maybe some more, can't remember.


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