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joethewindsufa



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Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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boardsurfr



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a crash when hitting bottom at over 40 knots that's worth watching a few times:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0FuvnmqdfU
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dvCali



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOVAAN wrote:
Sorry you had that happen to you. Do you still windsurf after your recovery?

Oh yes! It took about 3 months to timidly get back, one year plus to feel about 80%, and because of the drugs I have now to take and their side effects (and a couple more years of aging) I never really went back to the the same physical condition I had before the event.

But I am sailing, and quite a lot! Count me among the lucky ones!
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I good to know that I'm not the only one to run into a big plastic bag. Opened up and full of water that has nowhere to go, you stop instantly. But probably one of my biggest crashes was hitting a sea turtle full tilt at Speckelsville on Maui. It literally destroyed the finbox on my board and snapped off the G10 fin tab, yet luckily I came away only roughed up a bit and relatively unscathed. The turtle? It vanished without a sign with no blood in the water. Based on impact, I have question the idea that their shells are soft, but maybe Maui turtles are stouter than most.
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nw30



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Location: The eye of the universe, Cen. Cal. coast

PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving both hands to the front of the boom, pulling back hard while stomping on the tail, all to avoid tee-boning a Grey whale surfacing right in front of me. It was either that or landing on a heavily barnacle covered back, it worked.
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philodog



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Accidentally hooking in during a Vulcan. Instant over the handlebars and break boom on impact.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dvCali wrote:
I never really went back to the the same physical condition I had before the event.

I hope your doctors are among the better informed ones who advocate strenuous exercise -- especially HIIT and Superslow weight training -- for heart attack recovery. If not, do your own literature research and convince yourself and them.

One of our locals was air-lifted off a ski resort into an emergency quad bypass. He still sails in every knot of wind the Gorge can throw at him, despite having a doctor who gives him boatloads of what the literature proves is horrible advice. The bypass was about 20 years ago, when he was 58.
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justall



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! These all make my harness line snapping seem like nothing. Indeed, I think the awards for shortest stopping distance go to those of you who struck immoveable objects (like barges), yikes.

Going to try a few of the other, non-injury-surety braking methods. I have tended to aggressively turn upwind to brake ... I may try a wheelie-plow sometime.
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gvogelsang



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a new 90 liter board and installed the fin myself. Problem - the screw was European and the insert was American, or vica versa. Guess I shredded the screw.

In any event, about 2,000 yards off the beach, the fin fell out of the board after getting air over a wave. Instant wipe out.
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hit a just submerged plastic re cycle crate , it had to be green like the water.

Dislodged a fin some , creased the board bottom.

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