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FellowCountryMan
So as many of you already know I have relocated to California and an interesting comment was made to me that has me once again assessing my mental health in terms of this sport.

One of the local kiters was giving me the run down of the local launches and brought to my attention that there's a very large stingray population at one of the best ridding spots. He put it this way to " it's not a matter of if you get stung but more along the lines of when you get stung ", now as he's telling me this he said it's also rideable almost everyday for the next couple of months in the afternoon when the seabreeze kicks in. What troubles me is that all I heard was I can ride everyday and really had no concern about being stung. I never thought that after this many years I would still have the sickness but it looks like I still do.

Well here's to the smell of stinky gear in our cars once again.

Cruz
That's what they told me in NZ when I rode in the harbour at a place called Ferguson Park. I never got stung but saw people who did. It's really bad when they are spawning. You can see the little buggers scattering in front of you as you zip across the flats. Careful at low tide and in the shallows and try not to walk around....that's just asking for it. Though the great Steve Irwin perished at the hands of one of these little fish, they are not aggressive and a sting is always defensive and rarely fatal.

In the Tauranga harbor when the Rays are at their spawning peak, the Orcas invade the estuary through the shipping channel one morning every year like clockwork. They gorge themselves to the point that they can barely swim and end up rolling around on the seaside beaches all day as they work back down the coast. It is quite a sight! A true feeding frenzy.

Just in case Tom....Hot Hot water soaks/compresses and pain control for first aid. It is thought that the hot water actually causes the stingray's venom proteins to denature or deactivate though this is controversial/debatable. There is no anti-venin. Irrigation and removal of foreign bodies like a retained barb (potentially seen with xray) are crucial to avoid infection. Antibiotics are not essential but are a good idea for infection prophylaxis for any puncture wound and should cover aquatic pathogens as well as common skin bacteria. 5 days of Levaquin or cipro po is first line. Don't forget your tetanus booster too!

At least your gear won't smell like metro muck anymore!
jitters
Just in case Tom....Hot Hot water soaks/compresses and pain control for first aid. It is thought that the hot water actually causes the stingray's venom proteins to denature or deactivate though this is controversial/debatable. There is no anti-venin. Irrigation and removal of foreign bodies like a retained barb (potentially seen with xray) are crucial to avoid infection. Antibiotics are not essential but are a good idea for infection prophylaxis for any puncture wound and should cover aquatic pathogens as well as common skin bacteria. 5 days of Levaquin or cipro po is first line. Don't forget your tetanus booster too

cruz, your a madman!!!! your "talk" is downright diabalicle! (if thats a word)
wolfie
QUOTE(jitters @ Mar 15 2011, 08:09 PM) *
Just in case Tom....Hot Hot water soaks/compresses and pain control for first aid. It is thought that the hot water actually causes the stingray's venom proteins to denature or deactivate though this is controversial/debatable. There is no anti-venin. Irrigation and removal of foreign bodies like a retained barb (potentially seen with xray) are crucial to avoid infection. Antibiotics are not essential but are a good idea for infection prophylaxis for any puncture wound and should cover aquatic pathogens as well as common skin bacteria. 5 days of Levaquin or cipro po is first line. Don't forget your tetanus booster too

cruz, your a madman!!!! your "talk" is downright diabalicle! (if thats a word)


I read this before I read Cruz's post, the whole time thinking this does not sound like the jitters I know - where did this guy copy-and-paste this from? Then I got to end and found out you copied Cruz. Classic!
Cruz
HaHa! That's hilarious. At your disposal for free medical advice.
sojopo
Real kiters have Adolf's meat tenderizer in their glove boxes, too. (For jellyfish stings)
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