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.
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.
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…