Worst Surf Injury

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by mattinvb, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    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
  2. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Your fin or someone elses?

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

  3. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    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.
  4. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    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.
  5. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    4 broken noses (one at a time).
    i look like carl mauldon.
  6. Dune

    Dune Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2013
    I broke my hip skating. Then went surfing too early after the second surgery and broke it again. Here we are 4 surgeries later.
  7. Slashdog

    Slashdog Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2012
    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.
  8. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    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.
  9. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Damn Chich. I think that's the worst I've ever heard of (short of a broken neck).
  10. Shikkapow

    Shikkapow Active Member

    Jul 22, 2013
    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.
  11. Vince Fontane

    Vince Fontane Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2013
    Worst surfing injury???...... Im not sure. The dislocated shoulder was inconvenient. Cracked rib made breathing hurty. Eating it and having a board hit my back and ending up with a lump that looked like I had half a baseball sticking out of my lower back pretty much blew. Reef cuts sown shut with fishing string wasnt fun. That time a crab grabbed my toe and wanted a fight wasnt cool. The concussions (Im use to from skating). I guess they are all on equal level.
  12. pkovo

    pkovo Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Torn right calf muscle.
  13. ibc

    ibc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    Yeah. The broken chest bone (sternal fracture) seems to be kinda popular. My bud Paulie had one of those a couple of months ago. Heard it pop out in the surf. Kinda like the cracking your knuckles sound, but lower pitch. He's almost completely recovered. Didn't miss much surfing, because it's been flat here. On a positive note, "chest boning" was added to the SI glossary as a result (DPSup and or Manisses I think). Every cloud has a silver lining.

  14. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Wait, you mean, Paulie, the accused SJB guy? Haven't heard from him in a while...... ???
  15. ibc

    ibc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    He got tired of being mistaken for SJB, and bailed. Too old and tired for the arguements. Yup, that Paulie. Chest boning was pretty funny though.

  16. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
  17. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I was admitted to Bayside Hosp and they l left me there for 3 days to rot. I got my senses together enough to get a buddy to come get me. While I was laid up before going to Norfolk General, my dog walked by my foot, sniffed, and left out the most pitiful howl.
  18. NJ glide

    NJ glide Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    Surf - Broken Jaw from a loose board while pitted, almost knocked me out made my ears ring but when I hit the 42 degree water I came right to life. Broken nose , got hit by my own board. Once I went over the falls and I was thankful that I came down on my upside down board just off center enough to slice my butt cheek instead of my butthole 8 stiches for that.

    Snow n Skate- Torn achillies, cracked eyesocket, dislocated shoulder, 2 broken ribs.
  19. MFitz73

    MFitz73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I got yelled at in the lineup and it hurt my feelings. My feelings were really banged up for a few months.
  20. satanv

    satanv Member

    Sep 17, 2007

    rail to mouth