New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

It was a real stormy day with a strong off­shore wind blow­ing, so Raphael Hierzer thought he’d head on out to West­port’s Tip Head which pro­vided a lit­tle more shel­ter from the wind. A good over­head set marched in a Raphael lined it up, pad­dling hard, but be­ing held up in the wind he re­alised he was too high and at­tempted to just go it late and sneak in un­der the lip, but as he got to his feet the wind got in un­der his board held him up, and he was cat­a­pulted with the lip. While fly­ing through the air his board slammed into his head and he went down hard. That was the last thing he re­mem­bers and can’t re­call a hold down or be­ing sub­merged. Ob­vi­ously un­con­scious for a few sec­onds, he re­mem­bers com­ing up and tak­ing this huge breath. Re­al­is­ing there was a heap of blood run­ning down his left eye, he couldn’t see. At­tempt­ing to wipe away the blood ob­scur­ing his vi­sion, he im­me­di­ately felt the gash in his head and pressed his hand on the wound to stem the bleed­ing. Not know­ing how bad the in­jury was Raphael pad­dled in, blood pour­ing down his face and made his way back to the car. The surf was re­ally pump­ing so he got a friend to check out the in­jury and asked if he thought it was ok to go back out? His mate im­me­di­ately sug­gested he go and get it checked out, so hold­ing a T-shirt to his head to mop up the bleed­ing he was driven by his Grand­fa­ther who just so hap­pened to be fish­ing nearby. Off to West­port Hospi­tal where he re­ceived four stitches. Raphael we’re glad to hear you made a full re­cov­ery and were back in the waves a week later. And are also so im­pressed with your hunger to score waves even when your head has a gi­ant hole in it. Con­grats on tak­ing out the loot from our good friends at Skull­candy! Think you’ve got the goods for the next is­sue? Show us your wor­thy gash and we’ll be the judge. Send clear hi-res jpegs to cory@paci­fic­me­ put Skull­candy-gash­gore in the sub­ject field...

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