LAKEY PETER­SON

Surfer - - Culture - — Photo by MILLER

Santa Bar­bara na­tive and World Tour com­peti­tor Lakey Peter­son has had her fair share of in­juries over the past five years: stitches af­ter hit­ting the reef in Hawaii, more stitches af­ter get­ting hit by a bailed board at Snap­per, and re­oc­cur­ring bouts of painful lower back spasms likely caused by the repet­i­tive mo­tion of surf­ing. But the worst was a bro­ken an­kle she sus­tained in 2016 while run­ning prac­tice heats with her coach Mike Par­sons in Ven­tura. “I got a left, did a turn and then a gi­gan­tic back­wash came out of nowhere and pushed my board back up into my foot,” re­mem­bers Peter­son of the in­jury that kept her dry-docked for more than six months. “It was sim­i­lar to what hap­pened to Kelly’s foot at J-bay. The board pushed up and left my an­kle with nowhere to go, so it just twisted and broke the lower part of my fibula.”

1 Bro­ken an­kle

2 Lower back pain

3 Lac­er­a­tions from reef 4 Lac­er­a­tions from bailed surf­board

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