This issues gash gore is our very first featured which did not come about from one accident or incident in itself, yet it is one that all surfers need to be wary of.
Here we have Jeff King who sent in his gash acquired from surgery to remove what is commonly known as ‘Surfers Ear’. Having spent the last 20 years surfing roughly three times a week, this is the second operation Jeff has had to remove the bone growths which occur inside the ear canal. With around eight weeks out of the water each operation, Jeff shares with us these images in hope that you will learn from his experiences and that all surfers out there will take the necessary precautions to stop this from happening to you.
1// Shows my left ear cut back to expose the “extoses”, the bones that the skull grows to close off the ear canal. This condition is due to the cold waters in NZ, cold wind, and the constant flushing of the ear canal, which combined together causes our bodies to react by growing bone to close the ear canal off to stop the ear drum and skull getting cold. Crazy huh!
2// Shows the surgeon drilling the bones out using Swiss precision drills apparently... Each ear op takes about two hours under full anaesthetic.
3// Shows the restored ear canal being bored out so as to prevent the “extoses” growing back for as long as possible. The skin is folded at the bottom of my ear canal.
4// Shows the skin pasted back onto the sides of the ear canal, the shiny disc at the bottom is my ear drum. Keeping your hearing is worth the 6-8 weeks time out of the water I reckon! Infections and inflammation of the inner ear are a sure sign that it’s time to get ‘em drilled. Think you’ve got the goods for the next issue and want a shot at the Skull Candy headphones. Show us your worthy gash and we’ll be the judge. Send clear hi-res jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org, put Skullcandy-gashgore in the subject field...