Thursday, August 20, 2009

Race Results - First Ever Kiteboarding World Cup in San Francisco

Congrats to #1 Sean Farley (North Kites) who has been incredibly consistent and tough to beat for several years now; also to friends (and Ozone Team Riders) Chip Wasson (2nd) and Johnny Heinekin (3rd) who were riding Chip's radical new fin designs - with great results. Lastly a congrats to my Cabrinha Team team mates - Bruno Sroka and Jesse Richman - who were in the top 6.

Kiteboard Worlds Results GOLD

Saturday, August 15, 2009

For WHEN this happens to YOU!

One of these 'when and not if ' experiences. Rib cage hurts. How severe is it? Can I still kite? What should I do? A weekend before big races in SF, I tore my rib cage on a "splat landing", attempting a double backroll kiteloop (at least I think that was what I tried) doing a photo shoot for an upcoming article in the October issue of The Kiteboarder Magazine.

For future reference, here is a great guide to healing ribs: Care of Rib Injuries
In my case it took a solid 6 weeks to fully heal - I split the cartlidge between ribs 6,7 + split cartlidge where rib 7 meets the sternum, tore the nerve along rib 6, and sprained the ligament where rib 6 meets the spine in back. The guide, time, and lots of situps before, and after got me back on the water in 3 weeks. In my next life I want to have the healing powers of Wolverine in the X-Men.