A Foiling Accident
Dr Wong’s voice comes over the phone, “you need to get fitted for a boot and it will be three to six weeks” so shocked I can’t talk, just silence!
One night I am out sailing my PATRIK 91 Foilboard with a F4 foil and GUNSAILS GSR 8.6m, awesome gear. The wind is a nice fresh Nor Easter. I see 49er crew come blasting down the harbour. These guys have come out of MHYC so I presume they are Olympic wankers so it’s my mission to take these motherfuckers down! I sail over and gybe on to starboard to line them up. But they straight away drop their kite and disengage. Arseholes I think to myself, how dare they deny me my moment? I have blasted the 49ers in the past on my Formula gear and now with the foil I am supercharged. They round up and head for home but they are not getting away with it that easy. I round up and even though I am a fair bit downwind I gain on them and soon I am worried about getting into their dirty wind. I start to foot off to keep clear air and the speed winds right up, I haven’t experience speed like this on the foil before. I have only been training upwind and downwind but this could be fun, tight reaching could my thing. Anyway I am feeling pretty good blasting these 49ers and with nothing to worry about cause I am wearing an impact vest, helmet and googles! Yes goggles nothing could go wrong. But I start foil high, real high and them it happens I breach and then crash! I get thrown forward but my foot stays behind in the footstrap and gets twisted as it rips out. I surface to have a instance headache, I am fully conscience and notice my googles and been flung from my head, luckily they float and I swim after them, my neck is sore. I am super calm and make my way to the beach. I always calm myself down when I am in trouble ever since I got caught in a rip and dragged out as a 9yr old at Gerroa.
That night I wake at 2:30am and oh shit my foot is throbbing! The next day I go straight into a CT scan and two days later I get the bad news. I was starting think my neck is the main issue.
And that’s my current foiling crash story. Stay tuned for more LOL
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