On September 9, 2004, a tragic windsurfing accident took the life of 30-year old Vincent Proulx at Oka, near Montreal, Canada. It was a very windy day, but nothing out of the ordinary for Vincent, an experienced windsurfer who’d been sailing for around 20 years. According to the autopsy report determining cause of death, Vincent suffered a heavy blow to the head (probably from his mast), lost consciousness and drowned.
Vincent was wearing a lifejacket that day, but he wasn’t wearing a helmet. If he’d been wearing one, he’d probably still be with those he loved most today – his wife Annie and their 3-year old daughter Éliane. He would have been here for the birth of his second child. He would still be here lighting up the lives of all those around him; everyone who knew Vincent will always remember his big heart and great passion for life.
Vincent’s loved ones have asked us to spread the news as far and wide as possible, in the hope that this terrible accident can help reinforce one simple, but often-forgotten message – that wearing a helmet when windsurfing could save your life.