The devils own.
I am an aerial freestyler in the most sadistic niche of the sport of kiting. What is the sadistic part? The kite buggy. Every single jump you do will compress your spine, even on a good jump you are subjecting the lower back to severe stress.
For those clicking play on this clip many will not be kite flyers, so I will put it to you in layman's terms on what it feels like. Go up to the second storey of your house and grab a steel framed chair, take the comfy cushion off it, and now jump off the balcony and land in the chair with your ass first, your feet are not allowed to absorb the impact….. please do not try this, take my word for it.
That is what a bad landing feels like, and sometimes worse. In this case the accident video above I separated my SIJ, sacroiliac iliac joint one of the toughest parts of the body to dislodge. In fact it is more common in women having a traumatic child birth. I got up from this, I think adrenaline was pumping, and proceeded to pack up and walk about 200 meters to my truck and went home. I actually needed an ambulance.
I could not walk later on that evening, I sheepishly put myself into a laying down position which actually hurt more than standing, by the next morning I could not get off the bed without rolling to one side, I was screwed.
Here is the insane part, this video was from a decade ago. I flew kites in kite buggys for the next 6 years, the jumps got wilder, progression, some that would define me, others that would cripple me.
I cannot get into a kite buggy without jumping, it seems unnatural not to. Somedays I wheel myself around my house in a wheelchair as walking, well some days it is to painful for words.
If my last day on earth was tomorrow, Id want to spend it kiting…… in a kite buggy!
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