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Mitchell McKenzie of Christchurch had a rather nasty surf accident during one of his first surfing lessons, everything was going perfectly and his day was filled with stoke, until! He takes up the story..
“It was around 4:30 PM and I was out for a surf with my school at Sumner, it was around 2-3ft with a medium onshore wind. I had caught a few good green faced waves and was sitting out the back with my mates, it was awesome! I saw a cleanish looking three foot wave coming in and I called for it, I was paddling my heart out and just when I thought I couldn’t paddle anymore I sped up a bit and I had caught it. Then my heart dropped, the wave stood up like a wall and I thought I was done for, my board started to nosedive, so I jumped off the back. I was tumbling around in the water and then I felt my wetsuit rip. I got up out of the water and it felt like I had a bad dead leg, I started to walk back to shore and wait for my leg to calm down but I looked down and there was all this blood but there was no rip in my wetsuit. I went and sat on the beach and the surf coach came speeding in and she asked what was wrong, so I told her and she called the group in and my teacher one of the other surf coaches came back into shore to carry me up to the surf van. Once I got up there they took my wetsuit half off and covered me in blankets. They then pulled my wetsuit down to my knees and there was this massive gash on my left thigh! The teacher then called 111 and then after 15 minutes or so the ambulance turned up and they gave me a green whistle type thing to use and it tasted foul but I kept sucking in blowing out until the pain was gone, I then couldn’t remember the ambulance ride. When I got to Christchurch hospital my Mum and my Step Dad were there, and I got pulled into the emergency department and after a while they came in and started to clean it out and it hurt so bad 7/10 pain. They then put a drip into my arm and gave me Morphine, they told me they couldn’t stitch it up there as it got the muscle but they said they could do it in theatre but the only problem was that there were no available spots for that night. They came back and said they could do it first thing in the morning so we said we will wait it out. After one of the worst nights sleep I’ve ever had, they got me ready for theatre. They wheeled me in and gave me a thing to calm down through my drip, then put sticky things on my chest and a strawberry flavoured mask and told me to breathe, then I remember waking up in recovery unit with a stitched up leg!”
Mitchell we hope that you have recovered well and that one of your first experiences in surfing hasn’t put you off, as it’s a wonderful sport. So let’s hope you are back out there trimming those green ones! And from the epic crew at Skullcandy here’s a little something to help you get amped with your favourite tunes before your next surf session.
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