Here is what Derek has to say: “I hope this video helps people make the right decisions regarding the use of kiteboard leashes and demonstrates how dangerous they can be. Even reel leashes can recoil and tombstone you if you wipeout, fall the wrong way and loose control! ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET WHEN USING A KITEBOARD LEASH! KITEBOARD + LEASH = HELMET”
HOWEVER DEREK here at airforce we have to strongly disagree with you. Wear a helmet as a novice yes good idea. Instead of wearing a board leash we strongly advise to spend time perfecting your upwind bodydraging. After all worse case scenario a new board is cheaper than new teeth or time of work due to broken bones from these death trap contraptions. Plus the reel leash on this video is constantly marketed as the safest option. In summary keep the helmet if you wish lose the leash.