I just got home from the PKRA World Tour in France after many hours of driving, I certainly need some recovery time after this one, I feel battered and bruised!
I had an incredible event considering I have been out the game for 3.5 years and only been back on a board for about 4 months since my knee gave way at the beginning of Feb 2012.
It was a very last minute decision for me to even enter the event, 1 hr before the end of inscription I still didn’t know but at the end of the day I wanted to test myself to see if I could get that spark back. The decision was for me, whether it resulted positively or negatively.
It was also difficult as I wouldn’t say I was prepared for the event, each day I would rig up my only bar and my smallest kite (7m Hadlow Pro) whilst most had additional 5′s or 6′s. On the morning of the trails I wondered if I had made a good decision, sand was blowing up to my eye brows and I couldn’t even walk my board to the event site.
I also wanted to test my body and fitness and that I did! the event really did take its toll on me, especially towards the end. I could tell I wasn’t match fit, I was fatigued physically and a little slow on my decision making in the final, that may have cost me a position or 2. By the end of the single elimination my body was tired, my knee felt weak and I had badly bruised my ribs.
In the double elimination there was an error with the flag system (usually the green flag goes down 1 minute before the heat ends, in mine it was down for 15 second) so I was unable to attempt my last couple of tricks that I knew I needed get through the heat. I challenged the decision, a rerun was announced, then many of the riders complained which resulted with the original heat standing.
All competitions have their ups and downs but in general I can’t complain, if i’m honest I wondered if I would make it through the trials, so a podium is a good result!! I know that I need some more hours on the water but still, it’s a really nice piece of motivation.
I’m very happy to see the PKRA moving forward, I’m impressed and think the new judging system is awesome, to connect the world with the live streaming and scoring has made a major impact, just maybe next on the list is an automated flag system hahaha
Mondial Du Vent
First skippers meeting in a while, up bright and early.
2011 was a very fun year packed with some amazing trips, this year we documented them by alternating filming duties between the 4 of us, Tom Court, James Boulding, Sam Light and Myself.
There has not been a DVD in kiteboarding for quite some time so we came up with the idea we would release a 30 min movie from out year.
This is what we came up with!
On the 3rd of February I was shooting for the RedBull Media House with a Phantom Camera. We were shooting for a new short movie to start the year and stepping up the level with some 2500 frames per second super slow motion action.
Kiteboarding has become more and more technical as the years have gone on so I thought the Phantom would be ideal to show every detail and movement so that it’s possible for the brain to process just what is going on.
A few tricks in I hit a kicker and went for a sizeable Mobe 5, I landed a little over the front and collapsed my right knee.
It turns out I tore my ACL in half and took a few major tears through both medial and lateral Meniscus.
Thanks to the RedBull team in the UK I have got some of the worlds best specialists treating me. I cannot thanks them enough for all the help and support they have given me for the best possible chance of a full recovery.
4 days ago on the 24th of Feb the decision was made to operate back in the UK, the next day I was on a flight back home to London and 4 days later (today) I will be put back together by one of the best knee surgeons world wide who deals with the top premiership football players.
Thanks for all the support from my friends, family and sponsors. I’ll be back before you know it.