Karen Langer had a close call while paddleboarding in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the video you see her paddling up to the beach in Cass Bay, and the moment after she gets off the board, the wind picks the board right off the water sending it right over her head nearly hitting her.
This is one of those fluke moments that are difficult to prepare for. Having a leash attached may have helped but with such strong winds it also could have still caused her harm.
It is important to keep an eye on weather forecasts before you go paddling. If there is any chance that the weather could take a turn for the worse, it is a good idea to remain close to shore or stay off the water altogether.