Pismo Beach, California
A big swell was incoming, I wanted to take advantage of the Central California slammers. When it peaks the ledges are beautiful with plunging 10 footers. The barrels are insane. It’s ‘Perfect Pismo’. I was hungry to practice before the Blowsion Surf Slam arrived.
I did all my normal tricks, back flips, and combos. As the story always go, I was heading into my last flip of the day. This was a biggie smacking in at 8 foot high, I wanted to ledge off it’s lip. I held my ski wide open and went for a super big leap. Lifeguards were watching from shore. Later people viewing from shore said this last jump of mine was nearing thirty feet of clear air.
Feeling like I was hitting 20 feet off the water, it was a big launch. Pretty big air, reminded me of last winter. I was a bit hesitant of landing flat from this height. I bailed off but did not clear away from the ski. I go ahead of the ski, and landed on top of the hood coming down waterside. I knew my arm was broken. It felt like it had extended backwards. I hit my head and I’m still burning a fat bump from the impact on my chin.
Another wave was coming. I had enough time to swim to the ski, hurt, I climbed back into the tray. Pulling that trigger throttle was the worst. I had to move fast. Controlling the ski with my broken arm, I lost most of my steerage on that side. Riding back to shore in limp mode I finally made it. An old guy who was watching from his car came up to me. He said he was impressed with my riding. I told him I had just broke my arm. ‘Do you need me to call an ambulance’ he says. I declined, saying I’d do the honors.
The lifeguards drove towards me, I waved to them They iced and splinted my arm and I was off to the hospital. Once in SLO the first Xray showed only one broken bone, no surgery. The following week at the orthopedic, a second Xray revealed I had two fractures and a separation. Clean breaks which should heal up in 4-6 weeks.
It didn’t hurt as much as the disappointment of missing the Surf Slam event.
Liquid Militia Team Rider Stanton High didn’t get a repeat performance at the BSS in Oregon. He had some new tricks he wanted to reveal to ramp up the style at the contest. Always next year!