NFL player's helmet to my ribs is the only thing that I can think of to compare what I felt when I impacted the water yesterday. No, wait. An NFL player laying on the hood of a car doing 30, and then his helmet impacting me in the ribs. I write this from bed b/c it hurts too much to move right now.
Just two weeks ago, we unveiled the Nautique G23 and it was going into action for the Nautique Wakegames. For many riders, this would be their first ride behind it. The response has been awesome from everyone who got to ride behind the G23. The wake is massive, and clean which is why for the first time ever in a competition, 2 wake to wake 1080’s were done by riders. First Harley Clifford and then Oli Derome made wakeboarding history. I’ve been saying for the past month that the G23 will change what people thought was possible on a wakeboard, which I realize is a big claim, but it’s already happening in a short couple of weeks.
I had a good time riding in the quarter finals and made it to the semi’s by winning my heat. Day 2 conditions were a bit windy which didn’t help me when I initiated my KGB quite a bit early and got hung up mid flip. I saw the water coming for a split second and then it happened. My ribs were slammed into my left lung and the pain began. All I knew was that my ribs cracked and were pushing into my lungs and I was having trouble breathing. Travis got the boat to me first, got me to the dock and waited for the ambulance while I was on the verge of passing out, either due to the pain or the lack of oxygen.
Some people noticed I threw on my Fox hat while I was being carted off to the ambulance. No, that wasn't a sponsor move, my head was cold, not much hair:)
Two rounds of Xrays, one CT scan and multiple doctors to exam and keep an eye on me. Punctured lungs and a lacerated spleen was what they were concerned about, but all showed up okay.
Some fractured ribs are what the doc told me I was dealing with, but I don’t remember all the details since I was on some heavy pain meds.
I’ve been lying low today and trying to keep as still as possible. Just inching around in bed is a toll right now.
I've had an unreal amount of emails, texts and phone calls all wishing me the best and passing along prayers, so thank you to everyone. Y'all are awesome!
Doing my best to not cough or laugh, so just drama movies for now:)