Been riding foils for about 14 yrs, and wakeboards before that for like 6 or 7. I've taken a few good crashes on both. Not sure which is worse, landing backwards on a 360, catching an edge & having the handle ripped backwards out of my hands.............. or over rotating a big front flip & landing on my chest & face.
Crashes on either suck. Lots of guys do both, not to mention barefoot & slalom ski. But I haven't met many "ex foil riders".
We don't ever want to come separated from the foil, because then it can come back & hit you. Had that happen with skis & boards too & it still sucks. Eventually you can kind of be like a cat & always get the foil down before you hit the water, then they hurt a little bit less.
(Message edited by bill_airjunky on November 12, 2007)