my name is redbeard and I like to boat with a facemask.
I constantly have this questioned by friends and passersby, but I believe it is a boon. I like it just because, while I'm not "creeking" I do boat some really shallow water, with really sharp rocks, and I don't really need the extra stitches, let alone any reconstructive surgery. I tuck like hell when I flip, and stay there until I'm ready to go back topside. luckily my vest is high and thick, and my helmet sturdy, I have taken rocks on both, but just in case, I like not having to worry overly about whether my face is extra vulnerable.
I do like the idea of a half face mask tho, I can see how the full lower than the chin bar is a hazard, but still one I'll risk.