Ankle saved as foostrap ripped

Ankle saved as foostrap ripped

Post by Francois Dubois » Tue, 26 May 1998 04:00:00


Since there was a long discussion recently on foot or leg injury due to
feet stuck in the strap when crashing, I thought I would just let you know
what my ankle luckily went through without injury.

I always thought that the straps of the AHD boards (97 models) were of bad
quality since they tend to twist a bit and are of a very basic and old
design (compared for example to the Fanatic quicklock system). Basically
they are made of one strip of Velcro sandwiched between two strips of
Velcro and this surrounded by a piece of neoprene (the old Neil Pryde
style).
Well yesterday I tried a table-top jump and landed it (crashing) with my
board at 90 degrees from the direction I was going and with my back foot
stuck in an weird angle. At this point I was very lucky as the Velcro just
ripped apart allowing my foot to be released.
If the Velcro hadn't separated, I would have probably ended up with a
sprained ankle or maybe worse but I now luckily only feel a little strain
on my inner foot when walking.
The footstrap wasn't even broken, I only had to put the Velcro back
together and it was fine.
I don't know whether this Velcro system is supposed to release under a lot
of pressure but this time it probably save my ankle from a potentially
serious injury.
Maybe this is the closest thing to a quick release system...

Francois

 
 
 

Ankle saved as foostrap ripped

Post by Glesh » Tue, 26 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I don't know whether this Velcro system is supposed to release under a lot
>of pressure but this time it probably save my ankle from a potentially
>serious injury.
>Maybe this is the closest thing to a quick release system...

Well, the above and toe wedges are the best sounding things I have heard.
After a year (not a windsurfing accident), two operations, metal plate with
three screws  painful rehab, a total of 16 hours of post op misery, and even
now discomfort, I am very interested in protecting my ankles.

Bob