Monday, September 9, 2013

Surf Injuries


[l to r: surfboard nose to the eye, circa summer 2004 //  fin to the knee, summer 2006
stepping on vana (sea urchin) in Hawai’i // Kaiser tatoo Hawai’i, 2008
surfboard to the lip, fall 2011 // sting ray to the toe summer 2013]

Not to mention that Scott has had staples in his head, stitches in his eyelid, has woken up unable to hear because he had too much ocean in his ears and has had a third degree sprain from jumping into the shallows. Plus, the other week after my dad stepped on the sting ray he cracked his rib with his Joel Tudor longboard. My only other injury, and let's hope it stays this way, is taking my sister's fin to my face in the Channel Islands in 2003. Four stitches, no pictures. I still had to wear the white steri strip bandaid over that wound during my first month of college. People started calling me "Nelly"... as in the rapper from Nellyville with the patch. I guess that was the cool part?


So, I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about injuries. What are some that life has dealt you? 

     Surfing can be rough, but it's worth it. 

17 comments:

  1. scott seems to have got it all. i hope your dad is ok now. one of my biggest fears is hearing the word 'broken bones'. broken bones just sounds and seems the most painful, i think. but you're so right. surfing is just so worth it (let's leave the broken bones part though)!

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    1. Yes, he does. All the haircuts, all the injuries! I think he has learned to be more careful as of late, but he's a boy and they just seem to be a little more reckless with their bodies, if you ask me. Broken bones freak me out because most of them would keep me from surfing! And thanks, my dad was out kayaking on Friday, so I guess he's feeling fine? (that, or the being more reckless thing ;)

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  2. This is my biggest fear - well more so the broken bones, or ripped up face. I've had injuries to my nose and face before but now that I'm older I get more worried. I also feel though that scars are like tattoos but with WAY better back stories! The important thing is you keep getting up and going out there. I think I might be fearful of the stingrays too but I still want to surf someday!

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    1. I'm not sure the east coast has as bad of a stingray issue as the west. Anyone else know? I'll have to look into that. Our stingrays really only come into the shallows in the summer when it's warm and they are hungry for sandcrabs. I like the thought of scars being cooler tattoos, but I still don't want too many either! Surf injuries happen, but keep in mind this is a catalogue of our injuries from the last 10 years.

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  3. Scott really has had them all! Boys will be boys I guess? Glad that your Dad is feeling better! I was TERRIFIED of stepping on a sea urchin while we were out in Hawaii. That and the sharks given the recent attacks. I've had my fair share of injuries too and not too worries about getting banged up here and there but it was interesting getting back in the water (finally) after my knee surgery last year. I guess my biggest fear is hurting my knee again. And a broken nose.

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    1. Yes, boys will be boys is a good way to put it. I'm glad your knee is feeling better and I hope you will never hurt it again! :)

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  4. Goodness, did they all step on stingrays?! I had no idea surfing was so dangerous. I got a wasp in my hair a couple of years ago, and my other half took about five minutes to get it out, during which time the wasp stung me again and again and again. At one point other half said, "Isn't it stinging you?" Probably best not to repeat what I said. The back of my head and neck were swollen for days. Hope Scott is feeling better soon. You must come and surf in England, it's much safer.

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    1. I'm the only one out of the three of us who hasn't. I hope I never will, it sounds painful! The wasp sounds awful too, though. Good thing your husband was there? ha I'd love to come surf in England! It's pretty cold there though...

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  5. Oh my, so many injuries... but it does seem worth it, your pics are amazing... I can only imagine what it must be like to be there!

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    1. It is definitely worth it! Thanks for the compliment Ari :)

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    1. :) hopefully we are safer in the next decade of surfing

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  7. One of the worst injuries I've ever had was surfing, fin to my lip and split it in half. I kept on surfing though, salt water heals everything, right? :)

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    1. Ouch! I agree, salt water does heal :)

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  8. I tore my left ACl and meniscus two years while breakdancing as I jumped into a freeze. I landed incorrectly and pop, my knee snapped and went out. It took a year for me to recover and feeling trapped within my body was quite depressing but you just gotta get through it and then get back with the program. I have have 4 scars around my knee from the surgery now and I just look at them proudly. Battle scars haha. Totally worth it esp. when it happens in the line of fire :)

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    1. Yikes! That sounds painful and frustrating. At least it's a good story! Glad you're all healed up now.

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