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rexi



Joined: 17 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:13 am    Post subject: Happy to wear a helmet Reply with quote

I have been using a helmet for the last 3 years and yesterday it came of good use.

Sailing in overpowered 3.4 weather I decided to go for a jump on a steep little ramp, the second I took off a crazy gust hit me. And dont really know what happened, some kind of weird catapult with a face-plant on top of my gear. Hit the side of my head on something very hard, dont know what but im guessing the mast. Looked around me and all I did see were some yellow colors and then purple stars, so I crawled on top of my board and lay there for a few minutes until I felt ok to sail to shore.

Off course im not positive that the helmet saved my head but im sure happy I put it on my head before that session..
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wsmtbskate



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i sail alone a good portion of the time. Finally made the decision to buy a helmet. Gath Gedi on order. Smile
glad you're ok
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got stunned by a blow to the temple of my helmet years ago. It's probably accurate to say I'd have been knocked unconscious and drowned without it, as nobody was nearby. My face guard has saved my eye and probably socket from certain destruction twice. Teeth. Nose. Lips. Pain. With a visor, add clearer view due to eye shading plus protection from cataracts, skin cancer, rain, hail, and sleet. Freedom to sail harder without worrying about all the above.

It's a no-brainer for me.

Now .. how come more people don't wear torso armor? Ya gonna save that for AFTER you break some ribs or bruise a kidney or liver?
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rexi



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually i have been thinking about getting a torso armor. No such product is available in Iceland and the shipping expenses can be mad so Im checking options of having a friend bring it over. Just have to find something that suits me.
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U2U2U2



Joined: 06 Jul 2001
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Location: Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania. Colorado

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rexi wrote:
Actually i have been thinking about getting a torso armor. No such product is available in Iceland and the shipping expenses can be mad so Im checking options of having a friend bring it over. Just have to find something that suits me.


after a mast episode that left me dizzy, I have worn a helmet since 2001,

I assume you mean a vest for protection:

recent thread on the BOARDS UK forum


http://forums.boards.mpora.com/showthread.php/66211-Impact-vest

1 of the US versions is ProMotion in Hood River, like on the thread above, works really well for me in the ZIPPERED form, hardly know its there

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rigitrite



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started using a helmet after I watched Tom Curren surfing pipeline with one. I figured that if the best surfer in the world wears a helmet in a televised competition where everyone is watching, then maybe I should wear one when its really crankin and no one is watching. Plus, I like the idea that if I make a mistake..I get to try again.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

U2U2U2 wrote:
I assume you mean a vest for protection

There are vests, and there are VESTS.
See http://tinyurl.com/8c25hkp .
A season later now, with no complaints. If I ever wear it out I'll buy another.
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mrchocky



Joined: 14 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject: Helmets Reply with quote

I hear you on helmets (or "helmuts" as they're called on Craigslist), but what type is best for windsurfing?

I talked to the guy at the kayak store in Jack London Square, who had some advice, although he was of course a kayaker. His main comment was to ensure it had a tighter at the rear so it didn't wobble, and single impact versus "reusable" ones.

What are the pros and cons of various ones for windsurfing?

And while we're at it, my life jacket (nominally for water skiing it's labelled), does not work at all well with my waist harness, which I'm just starting to try to use, since the zipper comes down past where you'd want the hook to be. Should I look at some different jackets?
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.altrec.com/pro-tec/ace-water-helmet

I have used 3 of these, good value , probably NOT the BEST protection, but adequate

had to purchase 1 in OBX this April and got this : as good or better, very reasonable

http://www.evo.com/wake-helmets/liquid-force-drop-wakeboard-helmet.aspx?esvaid=30559&esvt=336548-GOUSE341284157&esvadt=9-6095663-4062958-1#utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_campaign=googleshopping_pla_paid

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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: Helmets Reply with quote

mrchocky wrote:
What are the pros and cons of various ones for windsurfing?

And while we're at it, my life jacket (nominally for water skiing it's labelled), does not work at all well with my waist harness

Search the forum for helmet, helmut, safety, vest, etc. You'll probably find well >100 posts on the topic.
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