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  1. #1
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    Worst Surf Injury

    So last Sunday I dropped into a waist/chest high wave, and ended up having a bad wipe out where the rail of my board hit my chest, HARD. It still hurt to breathe three days later even though there was no external bruising or anything, so I went to the Dr. Ends up I injured my chest wall, and almost cracked a rib.

    My other bad one I got hit in the head with a longboard fin last fall, and ended up getting 5 staples. Here's a pic of that one.fin injury.jpg

    Got me wondering what the worst injuries everyone else has sustained that are directly related to surfing. Pics if you got em

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattinvb View Post
    So last Sunday I dropped into a waist/chest high wave, and ended up having a bad wipe out where the rail of my board hit my chest, HARD. It still hurt to breathe three days later even though there was no external bruising or anything, so I went to the Dr. Ends up I injured my chest wall, and almost cracked a rib.

    My other bad one I got hit in the head with a longboard fin last fall, and ended up getting 5 staples. Here's a pic of that one.fin injury.jpg

    Got me wondering what the worst injuries everyone else has sustained that are directly related to surfing. Pics if you got em
    Your fin or someone elses?

    Few broken toes. A terrible staph infection another time. Bumps and bruises otherwise.

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    Got stabbed by my fin in the foot surfing pre Gloria swell. Doc sewed it up with sand and sea monkeys still in it. Got gangrene and a muscle and artery cut out. Sealed it up with a 2x4 slab of skin from between my belt line and crotchous region. Out 3 months.
    Then ten years later I got stabbed in the bottom of my other foot by a board with kelp cutting fins. Who needs little knives attached on the bottom of their board in Veebee. out 3 weeks.

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    Never had a bad injury in 30 years until I pulled a hamstring on a backside (Carolina) cutback. Took almost a year to recover. I've been stretching a lot more since then.

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    4 broken noses (one at a time).
    i look like carl mauldon.

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    I broke my hip skating. Then went surfing too early after the second surgery and broke it again. Here we are 4 surgeries later.

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    Damn Dune. You idiot. I did that this past summer with my achilles tendon and learned my lesson, no skating for months. Recovery time is vital.

    Surfwise, I've been pretty lucky. Once my fin sliced through the top of my left foot; could have used stitches but no health insurance = tape and a sandal for a few weeks.

    Got denied on a HH/OH day in Argentina this past summer, I was trying to power through a wave with a board way too large ad caught that board to the face... at least I didn't let it go. Thought I broke my nose for the second time, but there was only a little bit of blood. Still, it hurt for weeks.

    Baddy my nose has been altered also- only by a skateboard. 50-50 kickflip out, landed on tail as I crouched forward, stomped the board right into the bridge of my nose. That time is was like a f*ckin faucet, just pouring blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Your fin or someone elses?
    Not sure. Was riding my longboard on a waist high day and some kook blatantly dropped in on me, knocking me off my board as I was going down the line. As I was coming back up for air after he ran into me, another wave broke right on top of us. Either his fin or mine hit my head as I was coming back up a second time. When I finally made it to the surface, his longboard was right next to mine. Could have been either one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicharronne View Post
    Got stabbed by my fin in the foot surfing pre Gloria swell. Doc sewed it up with sand and sea monkeys still in it. Got gangrene and a muscle and artery cut out. Sealed it up with a 2x4 slab of skin from between my belt line and crotchous region. Out 3 months.
    Damn Chich. I think that's the worst I've ever heard of (short of a broken neck).

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    two broken ribs falling on the board in piddly 3' surf. landed right on the rail the board was an epoxy board with zero give and it was a on in a brazillion chance, but the stars aligned.