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Old 09-19-2006, 01:49 AM
AEsco48 AEsco48 is offline
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Default Kidneys, how safe are they in kiteboarding?

Here is the deal, for all practical considerations i only have 1 i need to protect i will definitely get a impact vest....

but should i get a waist or a seat harness....will waist harness potentially have the possibility of causing damage in a worst case senerio...i would guess yes but would like the opinion of some riders....

maybe for regular riding wear a seat, and then if i want to go tricks (once i learn how) use a waist?

if a seat with a high back (back support) or normal cup..advantages/disadvantages...

any specific reccomendations...

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Old 09-19-2006, 06:33 AM
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There may be more significant factors in seat harness selection, like comfort and general support. The Dakine Fusion is a popular, well supported seat harness. I have yet to hear about a recent kidney injury* in kiting although it could happen. Sore backs are fairly common however. Not everyone likes seat harnesses while for some guys waist harnesses cause spinal issues. Do a search for "harness" on this site to find more information.

* I just remembered one and it happened in Miami. It involved a woman in from California, riding four or more years ago at Hobie Beach. SW winds can bring squalls here which some guys still ignore. This woman was too close to shore, had her kite up as a squall came in and was lofted into some timber pilings driven into the ground along the roadway. She was badly injured including suffering kidney damage from a powered impact against the pilings. I am not sure how much good a Fusion would have done had they existed then which they did not. Accident avoidance would is always the best course along with wearing a good helmet and impact vest.
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