Originally Posted by Brandigan
Your anecdotal experience isn't evidence of good practice. You've just been lucky.
Consider landing upside down in a tree, bush on rocks/uneven ground. This is different to landing on grass, or even concrete. Would you rather a rock/branch went through the board, or hit the canopy? If you landed upside down on water, the standard canopy may even float.
Note that a non-standard canopy, 'landing' feet first in a swimming pool does not
help it float, as I found out.
I have crashed more than 1,000 times without a canopy, in a wide variety of ways. I am still flying without a canopy.
I would not suggest something this radical without testing it well first.
At what point do you think my experience might be statistically significant?