Monthly Archives: February 2006

Benjamin Stewart Virkstis

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I hate moving. Moving is the biggest pain in the ass…boxes, plants, fragile glass, backbreaking Television’s…but this is the life of a renter. So if you rent, you know the feeling…

I am throwing everything away that I don’t need and I came across something that I figured I should archive electronically on this blog. It is a great Hopi Prayer for my best childhood friend who passed away 2 years ago. His name is Benjamin Stewart Virkstis:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glint in the snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle summer rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

It moves me everytime I read it.

I just heard this Bruddah Iz song on YouTube. I felt it would be appropriate to post here.

A beautiful song to go along with a beautiful prayer.

San Diego Wave House Accident

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Ok, I only got two replies on the question I posed on the San Diego Wave House Accident “what if” I posted last week. With that, I will tuck my tail between my legs and still tell you about a horrible experience my friends and I had on the Flowrider Wave Machine in San Diego a few weeks back.

So, anyone who has gone on this thing, knows that it is dangerous. You could break your neck, foot or head at any given time. It is just the nature of the sport and the wave. What isn’t the nature of the wave, is it coming apart mid-ride. If you are having a hard time conceptualizing this, check out this picture.


San Diego Wave House Accident

Ok…so here you are, looking at this picture thinking, what’s the big deal? Well, that spot where the padding and boards peeled up is in the middle of the impact zone. That is exactly where everyone gets funneled by the water after they fall. Three of my friends got caught underneath this thing before the water was turned off. All of them are good surfers and have experience with hold downs….but this really shook them up. There was a lot of water pressure holding them under.

I am not sure the extent of the injuries but two of them had to go to the hospitals. One with compound fractures and the other with a huge gash across the back of his legs. I think he ended up getting around 25 staples to close up his 8 inch gash that was 2 inches deep.

Ouch.

Ya know, the worst part about this situation was that one of the bouncers or managers came running over to us while we were tending to our injured friends waving our disclaimers. He claimed that he would call an ambulance for us but he was responsible for the injuries. What a load of crap. We were also told to stop taking pictures by the bouncers…we told the bouncers to leave us alone. They didn’t really bother us after that…the ambulance came and so started Josh’s birthday…Wavehouse…Emergency Room…Staples…

Wave House San Diego

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Have any of you seen the WaveLoch at the WaveHouse in San Diego? This thing is a blast…it shoots out water from Jacuzi Jets on steroids at a rate of 50,000 gallons a minute. The way the platform the water is shot into is shaped, it creates a perfect barrel (for goofy footers) and propels riders at a land speed of around 30mph. The catch is, the rider looks like they are standing still, but they aren’t…not even close.

I think a lot of people get injured on the Stand Still wave at the wavehouse, but that is the risk everyone takes. If you grew up skating backyard ramps, getting injured doing what you love is just apart of your everyday deal. There is 4 pages of injury disclaimers that everyone needs to sign before they are allowed to ride the wave.

The question i have is this: If the WaveHouse stand still wave actually breaks…is the WaveHouse responsible for the hospital bills and stuff? I am not saying, ouch, I fell and broke my leg while having fun (and at my own risk), I am saying, if the jets malfunctioned and started shooting out 1,000,000 gallons of water per minute and shot the rider off the back of the wave, over the fence and into the street 40 yards away…who is responsible?

I want some feedback on The WaveHouse Lawsuit question before I create my next post…