07-22-2012, 05:52 PM #1
Close call yesterday - Out of hospital now - Ski is fine which is good news!
Thrown off by a freak wave at high speed. I was on my modded RXP pulled well clear (by 500 meters or more) of an RXTX 260 RS and I have check GPS since and I was at 74mph when I tumbled off. After seeing ski, sea, ski, sea, jetski, sky, sea I surfaced and was giggling out loud. The other skiers came over and I felt ok, got a lift to my ski that was over 100 meters away, and proceed to ride fast for an hour or so and then called it a day. Back in the harbor I spoke with the other skiers and apparently I cart wheeled 4 or 5 times, like a pebble skimming on a lake. Each time hitting my head or arms/legs on the water.
A few hours later it all started, delayed concussion, dizziness, sickness, bloodshot eyes, stiffness. Off to hospital as my speech was blurred and garbled.
24 hours of observations and scans and now released, further check ups to come for internal bleeds etc.
Home now and searching for body armor and a crash hat now, that's why I have visited the safety section of this site for the first time!
Typing this is hard, spacial awareness and distance still have not fully returned and finding the keys is hard. Reading what I have typed is harder so appoligies if it does not make perfect sense!
Spell check is doing overtime helping, I can still see words with red underlined but it hurts to look at the screen so it can stay spelled wrong!!
Off to try sleeping some of it off, I tried to walk up stairs an hour ago but could not. Pain and judging distance etc. Maybe again on hands and knees. Will try to post pics of bruises etc soon.
Please everybody, learn by my mistake. Get a bash hat and body armor. My wetsuit and impact vest helped a bit but more protection is needed at high speed.
07-22-2012, 06:19 PM #2
07-22-2012, 06:44 PM #3
- Join Date
- Jan 2009
This is why we allways ride fully kitted out
Force 6 vest
Hitting the water at that speed is like skipping on cement I hope you make a quick recovery.
07-22-2012, 07:24 PM #4
This is getting to be too much os a common occurance. People need to realize how fast we are going these days. I used this example last night to a group of rec riders that were aregueing with me saying they don't need safety gear because they are not racing. I told them to all line up and one at a time at a jogging speed run difectly into the wall of the restaurant. They all looked at me like I was crazy. I asked them why not they replied because it would hurt and they could break something or get a head injury. I then stated well at that slow all of you came up with all these injuries yo ucould sustain but since you only cruise between 45 and 50 you do not need safety gear. This is an official and organized AWA charter club. I really can't believe how people argue with me over safety geat. They are all wearing old faded half dry rotted wal mart vest. They were the same club I was with last year on the ride when I had my crash and still think they wont fall off because they are just cruising. there was the leader actually arguing with me over this. Unbelievable
Very happy you are ok and were able to come on here to share your story.
07-22-2012, 08:22 PM #5
- Join Date
- Jan 2009
07-22-2012, 08:38 PM #6
the easist way to explain is step out of your car at 60mph, or 100kph thats the route highway speeds in our cars our skis are faster kind of puts it in perspective the resulting tumbles and flips you would endure btw i dont think water is any softer than bitumen only difference, no gravel rash burns.
07-22-2012, 08:48 PM #7
This section NEEDS to be much more view than it is. Everyone should spend time reading up on the safety. Just about every ski on the market now is what I would consider a High Performance watercraft and should be treated and respected as such.
07-22-2012, 09:09 PM #8
New Rider, Me (never on PWC) + New 300x + shitty life jacket + Fast Key (orange one) .... not good.
Went off at 60 outside downtown pittsburgh, woke up in the water with life jacket half unzipped, was out cold.
respect the ski and get the proper gear.
07-23-2012, 11:33 AM #9
07-23-2012, 03:57 PM #10
- Join Date
- May 2008
- Lake Havasu
Ouch!!! Make sure the vest you are wearing is USCG approved(some aren't-don't wear them-you could drown!!), and the helmet you wear is either DOT or Snell approved(some aren't-and if not approved, don't wear it!!!)
GL makes a very good point, as do the other posters; when you get off at speed, if you land wrong, and are knocked out-if you have the wrong equipment, you're dead-it's that simple. And, that was only 74mph!!! Some of you guys are riding 80+, with nothing on your head other than a big grin!!! Please stop!! Get a good vest that will keep your head out of the water if your unconsious(USGC Approved Type 1), and a good helmet!!
Glad to see the OP is relatively OK. Lucky you didn't bruise your Whaam Tat
Others have gotten tossed at speed, and had their necks broken!!!
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