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05-20-2005, 10:00 AM
Do you or your kids wear a helmet when you wakeboard?

Yes, it saves on the visits to the emergency room!

Or, heck no! I'm too good or too cool to wear one!

If you do, what brand of helmet and where did you buy it?

River Rat
05-20-2005, 10:20 AM
We never wear helmets, never seen anyone wear one on our river, never heard of anyone going to the "E" room due to not wearing one. :confused: I would imagine once you get to the top end of the sport one would come in handy but we are far away from that. :rolleyes:

05-20-2005, 10:41 AM
How about the option of "I'm not good enough to wear one??"

05-20-2005, 10:52 AM
How about the option of "I'm not good enough to wear one??"

Or what about "Need to wear a neck brace from all those face plants".
That would be me. :o

05-20-2005, 11:07 AM
Or what about "Need to wear a neck brace from all those face plants".
That would be me. :o

Haha, exactly!! I should probably wear a helmet, too old to be cool anyway, but I'm not hitting it all that hard either. No sliders, even if I wanted to try that, so there's nothing to hit but water, and I usually lead with my face to protect my ears & such. :D

05-20-2005, 11:19 AM
I decided this past year snowboarding that I'm getting helmets for snowboarding and wakeboarding. If you notice the really good people on the slope and even the pro's generally wear helmets. They are the survivors out there, ask one of them, I asked several. When a teen/20'ish says it's smart wouldn't be there without it, hmmmm. Especially if you are going to try any inverts.

05-20-2005, 11:41 AM
How about the option of "I'm not good enough to wear one??"
I fall under this category :o

My husband and children wear helmets when boarding. My husband mainly wears it for ear protection since he blew out an eardrum.

One of my son's friends cracked his head open with his board. He now wears a helmet.

If you do, what brand of helmet and where did you buy it?
The brand is Pro-Tec and I believe we purchased them from Cool Sports Equipment (http://www.csskiequipment.com/index.php).

05-20-2005, 11:47 AM
I wakeboarded for about 4 years & have been on a foil now for about 10. I didn't start wearing a helmet till I was knocked silly the 2nd time. Then the cool factor wasn't good enough. Protec makes a cool looking & very protective helmet.... mine is carbon fiber & has saved my head numerous times.
If all your doing is jumping & basic tricks, it's probably not a big deal. But when you start working the spins & inverts, it's an absolute necessity in my book.

05-20-2005, 12:01 PM
At this point I don't wear a helmet but have considered it for myself and my kids. Last year, one of my employees passed away due to multiple concussions as a result of his wakeboarding. Granted, he was a much better and more extreme wakeboarder than I am, but I have had my bell rung a few times. So if anyone has a particular brand/model that they use, it would be appreciated if you could share that information.

05-20-2005, 12:50 PM
I wear a pro tec most of the times when I wakeboard. I too suck but have knocked my self silly 2 many times. I wear it all the time when i foil. I also wear a helmet snowboarding. It was a pretty easy adjustment. When I break out the sticks, I leave the helmet on.

05-20-2005, 01:12 PM
I wera a helmet when I snowboard.
I do not wear one when I wakeboard, but am not opposed to the idea. Need to look into buying one...

05-20-2005, 01:19 PM
I believe that ProTec's wakeboard helmets use closed cell foam, which will float indefinitely. A snowboard helmet more than likely would have an open cell foam which would fill up with water over a few minutes & probably sink. Since it's strapped to your head, thats probably not a huge issue. Just don't let it fall in the water & think it's going to float for ever.

05-20-2005, 02:44 PM
I've never thought of it. It would be a good idea after landing on my head a few times.

05-20-2005, 02:46 PM
what about a kayak helmet, I would think this would be a suitable alternative to a wakeboard helmet

05-21-2005, 12:04 PM
ProTec helmet -- after my 3rd back roll attempt and my first concussion (w/ a group of people I just met) I thought it a good thing to protect what few cells remained up there. Plus, I want to set a good example (w/ the helmet anyway) for the kids. I don't worry about looking cool - I'm married w/ children - a helmet is going to make a difference there.

I got my helmet from a local [useless] shop for about $50 I think. You should be able to find them online. I do recommend getting one w/ ear flaps - it definately helps protect the ears when you takes a good spill.

05-21-2005, 12:21 PM
After reading these posts you guys have made me stop and think. Even tho I am not the best wakeboarder out there I should still be wearing one. My family too. I had always thought they were for the guys who could do all the cool tricks. Thanks guys! :) I will start shopping.

05-21-2005, 01:59 PM
As soon as I can do more than get up and fall down I will get a helmet...

05-21-2005, 03:08 PM
As soon as I can do more than get up and fall down I will get a helmet...
I hear ya :uglyhamme I'm in the same boat except I usually fall down while getting up. My wife and kids are a different story.

05-23-2005, 05:57 PM
Besides, why waste all those brain cells when you still have years of smokin & drinkin to do?! ;)
Only way to keep the day job....... get yourself a lid & keep the marbles where they belong.

05-24-2005, 05:44 AM
I always wear on while snow skiing and am about to purchase a neoprene hat to protect the ears (gotten each of my ear drums pearced once or twice). But - since I only board a couple times a year & mainly stick to jumps & 180's and NEVER hit anything harder than the water - I can't convince myself to wear a helmet yet.I'm in the "coolness factor won't hurt me" boat also. Heck - it'll probably bring up my "coolness":eek:

05-24-2005, 09:23 AM
We dont wear a helmet unless we are doing sliders, or kickers. It would be a good idea though.

On a different note. I did make my son change from a non uscg approved vest to one that is approved. I was reading on wakeworld, and they were talking about someone that got knocked out. My sons old vest would allow him to sink if he let his air out of his lungs.
I thought If he got knocked out, and sank below the surface, it would be hard to find him in the dark water.

06-05-2006, 05:25 PM
We dont now but we will starting now.

06-07-2006, 08:44 AM
We have a helmet but nobody wears it. It was in the boat when we bought it. Even after my husband busted his face with the board he doesn't wear it. Just downright lazy. Another thing to have to mess with. He does inverts too. I'm not good enough to qualify for it!