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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.

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@ PACIFICMEDIA.CO.NZ PUT SKULL­CANDY- GASHGORE IN THE SUB­JECT FIELD...

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