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…

7 thoughts on “San Diego Wave House Accident

  1. I’ve wanted to check the wave house out. I don’t think I’ll be doing that now after reading what happend.

    How did he get hurt? Did a scag or fin cut him?

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  2. Read the post and you’ll find out what happened to Brian..don’t let the gash scare ya. Its still too much fun to miss.

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  3. Stefan, I’m interested in the accidents at the San Diego Wave House. Would you be willing to speak with me. Thanks. Barbara

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  4. I work for WAC and trust me there are maintenance requests made for both wave riders all the time that are never done. There aren’t enough saftey rquirements to keep you from dying every tme you’re on it. And when people do die like they have there their families don’t even get a oops sorry from anyone because they signed something saying we don’t have to. Don’t. Go. On. The. Flowrider. Find another place with one and make sure it’s a safe facility before trying flowriding.

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  5. Hi, the military base housing threw a free day for 30 military spouses of active duty to use the wave house…for a fun day of play and food. They (the wavehouse personell) rushed us through the disclaimers, no time to read them. Assured us it was safe because of the padding. Then had two teenage girls line us up to use these machines…without much detail they just said ” You grab the handle and hang on trying to balance yourself…with your core.” It looked fun but one by one we all went down. When it was my turn the gal gave me the D-ring handle and after I got on the board it kinda drifted towards the “curb” and she kick/pushed the back of my board away from the side and I went down fast and hard…realizing hanging onto the handle was not a good idea, I let go and the wave shot me up the ramp rolling all over to the top. I knew right away that the fall and wave pressure hurt me. I went to the ER and was diagnosed having a fractured humerus. After 3 months of the fracture healing,and physical therapy I had an MRI done and now have been diagnosed with two completely torn tendons and muscles in my shoulder along with rough areas of bone which means I need major surgery that will make me unemployable for a minimum of 6 months to one year. This place is not for the novice as they advertise. It should be for professionals only. I feel like they should be liable for this life changing injury. Five out of our 30 women were injured…two shoulders, two backs and one 6″ gash on her leg.

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  6. On June 2010 I was invited along with 29 other Military Spouses to attend a Fun Water Diva event hosted by our Military Housing at Wave House Mission Beach California. It was advertised as Safe & Fun afternoon of Surfing and Food. We got there all together but the facility workers were late and not ready for us. We were all handed a stack of forms and because we were late they said just sign the back and go in. In that stack was a waiver to release them from liability. During my first trip onto the Flow Rider I did ok. We had a gal who I am sure was under 18 yrs old instructing us on how to hold on tight and stick our butts our while using our core! The second time I got on my board waved off to the left getting stuck on the side curb and the attendant ran up and kicked it to release it. Well, I went flying in the air, did not let go of the D-Style handle, spun around a few times and then let go and rolled up top getting stuck in the wave…I felt hurt but thought maybe just sprained something. The next morning I went to the ER to find I had fractured my humerus and tore the heck out of two major tendons one partial thickness tear and the other full thickness tear also torn muscles. It is now 9 months later and I am about to go in for a second surgery. My left shoulder / arm will never be the same. They advertise this as a safe family day out…it is not safe. Even the pros get hurt. By the way, 5 of the 30 women got hurt bad…one leg got 6″ gash from the plastic under the water was torn and sharp, two shoulders and two backs!

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  7. My son just got back from visiting his college friends in San Diego and went on this wave machine. He came home with a badly bruised shoulder, thankfully and surprisingly not broken or dislocated ! He also had his skin burned like a rug burn on many parts of his face! He is a wakeboarder and I think he thought maybe he could handle it. I think this is an incredibly dangerous machine and I can believe it is in a bar!!

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