Did you ever wonder how you would cope with a major injury physically, mentally and financially? Have you worried about how you would manage?
It has always been in the back of my mind. Every time I heard of a wakeboarder sustaining a major injury, I felt for them and I wondered how I would perform in the same situation. Then there is this sensation when the fear becomes reality and, in my case, the reality set in when I landed wrong off a kicker two years ago and twisted my knee. Although the knee swelled up, I was still walking and after a week or so I was riding again.
Dean Smith provides free ambulance ridesBut I was worried. I was worried it was something more serious and the fear of being out of action made me bury my thoughts. I tried not to act on it thinking if I kept strong and fit it would go away. Nevertheless, I decided to have an MRI at the end of the season and guess what? It revealed a partial tear of my ACL. They stated it was from a previous injury. I thought, “If I’ve been riding for six months and it hasn’t bothered me, it can’t be too bad.”
I continued riding for two years without any worries until a crash at the Masters in May kick-started a string of events that would ultimately take me out for the rest of the year. After the incident in Pine Mountain, Georgia, I decided to rest and strengthen the knee. However, an MRI revealed a tear in my meniscus and a large chondral [articular cartilage injury].
To read more, see the story on Wakeworld HERE
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One of my close friends recently broke the Guinness World Records for the longest time on a wakeboard (at a staggering 7 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds), all to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
This is his story…
Take a look and share this with your friends and family to raise as much awareness as possible.
James’ JustGiving page can be found at justgiving.com/James-Gray26
“We created an environment that was worth to shoot on. With a great setup and great riders, this video is worth your time.“ – Nico
Starring Kevin Henshaw · Yanneck Konda · Brenton Priestley · Nico von Lerchenfeld
Severin van der Meer · Miles Töller · Alex Aulbach
Supported by monsterenergy.com · oneill.com · sesitec.com
Shot on location at wakelake.eu, Wörth a.d. Isar
Filmed and edited by Steffen Vollert