Kitesurfing is a high-risk sport and injuries are often very serious. Most injuries are caused by uncontrollable factors like wind and waves, but in recent years, thousands of kiteboards have been recalled for dangerous equipment defects.
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Cabrina Recalls 1X Kiteboard Control Systems
May 2017 — Cabrinha Kites has recalled 2,900 of the 2017 model-year 1X Kiteboard Control Systems after receiving 6 reports of the Power Bracket Seat (PBS) breaking. If this component breaks, it can cause loss of kite control, separation of the kite from the rider, physical injuries, or stranding of the kitesurfer in the water.
Kitesurfer Dies in High Winds
In November 2010, a 28 year-old kitesurfer in France died in a kiteboard accident when gale-force onshore winds pulled his kite onto the beach. He hit three buildings and fell 50 feet to the ground.
How Do Kiteboard Injuries Occur?
Before quick-release systems were developed, kiteboard injuries often occurred when the rider lost control of the kite and could not detach or de-power it. As a result of technical innovations, today most kiteboard injuries are caused by hard landings or unsuccessful tricks and jumps.
What is the Risk of Being Injured?
The risk of being injured is approximately 5.9-7.0 injuries per 1,000 kitesurfing hours, according to a study in 2004. The same study found that the injury risk doubled in competitions. Researchers observed the following injury risks:
- Contusion (33.8%)
- Abrasion (27.4%)
- Laceration (16.9%)
- Joint sprain (9.7%)
- Bone fracture (3.2%)
- ACL rupture (0.8%)
- PCL rupture (0.8%)
- Other (6.5%)
Kiteboard Knee & Foot Injuries
By far the most common kiteboarding injuries are to the knees (12%), ankles or feet (28%), often as a result of a hard landing, or when the board gets twisted under the rider on a wave, or one foot gets caught in the straps when the rider is thrown off the board.
Kiteboard Head & Neck Injuries
About 18% of kiteboard injuries are to the head and neck. Using a board-leash without a helmet is dangerous because it can result in the board hitting the rider in the head, lacerations, unconsciousness, or even death. Whiplash and other neck injuries are also common.
Types of Kiteboard Injuries
- Back pain
- Bone fracture (rib, skull, fingers, etc.)
- Collisions (land, rocks, boats, obstacle, riders, etc.)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Ear drum rupture
- Equipment failure
- Fin cuts from the kiteboard
- Hand and finger injuries from grabbing lines
- Hard landing
- Head injury from the kiteboard or falls
- Joint dislocation
- Impact injuries
- Launch failure
- Line cuts
- Loss of kite control
- Shoulder strains from kite lofting
- Spinal cord injury
- Sprained ankle or knee from digging board into water
- “Tennis Elbow” and overuse injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrist sprains from falling
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