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Old 01-02-2007   #11
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Ture - you're an animal! Of all the folks that I can see surviving that situation, you're on the top of the list.

Since I moved to GA, I have been paddling almost exclusively in the ocean... Here I thought surfing in the ocean alone was better than paddling a river alone. Thanks for the reminder that there is no such thing as a safe solo paddle.

Man! I’m gland to hear you have a good attitude about all of this. You’ve been out of the game before, so keep your chin up!

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Old 01-02-2007   #12
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Sure sorry to hear about this, but glad you stayed strong and made it out alive. That's not an easy story to read, much less experience. I paddled with you a couple times last summer and saw enough to know you're a strong athlete and pretty safe guy. It's another reminder how fragile we are. Best of luck to you on the difficult road ahead.

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Old 01-02-2007   #13
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This is Ture's wife Marcella. I've read all of the replies out loud to him and he was moved. We met with a physical therapist today that said he would kayak again. He'll be standing on the bank video taping this year but will be pumped up and ready to go next year. He loves all of you!
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Old 01-02-2007   #14
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Man, the PT on that must be extensive. Sorry for the hard days ahead but great to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Old 01-03-2007   #15
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Get better fast. Glad you are going to make it.
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Old 01-04-2007   #16
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Stay Strong Ture!

I pray you make a swift recovery.
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Old 01-04-2007   #17
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That is one impressive survival story. I never thought it was possible to break your neck play boating. Good luck with the recovery.
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Old 01-05-2007   #18
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Ture - damn that is a tough year. You are one tough mo'fo for sure. I'd never want to fight you. Now you've got two stories in one year that most people never get to tell. Get better, keep kickin and we'll see you soon!
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Old 01-06-2007   #19
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Yikes! Very scary. Good to hear you are on the mend and we all send our best to you!
If you or your family/pals get a chance, can you write up some more info. Where were you, (you mentioned high tide), was the beach particularly steep, ... was it compounded by the way you were trying to land off the lip, etc.
Lots of butt surfers out here in SoCal are fairly casual about the risks of paddling in shore break, though that is about all we DO surf. (Points and reefs are less common and often crowded.)

We would sure like to learn from your scary experience.

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Old 01-18-2007   #20
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Hey Kimy,
Here is a bit more detail about the accident, to help all you butt surfers out there realize that the shore break is totally not worth it. I've been board surfing for 15 years and kayaking for 10 and I was 100% confident that I was just going to have some super mellow fun for a few hours before Christmas dinner.

It was high tide, on a steep beach on the north side of San Clemente. With the steepness of the beach and the tide, the inside waves were basically breaking on sand or in very shallow water.

It was a 3-5 ft swell and the wave that did me in was breaking inside and was probably a 3 footer. I hit the lip vertically but was a little late so I ended up going backwards over the falls with the lip. I could have landed on a rock because there were a few boulder in the area, but I don't know. I hit hard but thought it was really no big deal. I've taken shots like that countless times while creeking in Colorado.

I realized I was in trouble when I could not roll because my arms were completely paralyzed. If any of you ever see a kayaker making no attempt to roll then you need to jump in and get them out of there unless you are in a spot where jumping in is going to kill you. Now I know how some creekers seem to mysteriously die after flipping and making no roll attempts. I was completely conscious and unable to move my arms at all.

I was able to hold my breath until the waves pushed me in. Because the beach was steep I got dragged back out a few times and ended up doing a few laps of that stuff. I was certain I was going to die but I didn't. My neck was completely broken and my head was flopping around. I should be dead.

The neurosurgeon told me that I cannot take any blows to the head anymore: no more kickboxing or kayaking. I can't believe that I am taking 5 boats to the gear swap this spring. It is hard to believe that it is over.

My advice would be to stay far away from shore break in a kayak. If you go over the falls upside down the amout of pressure on the bottom of your boat will pile-drive you into the bottom hard enough to mess you up bad. I wouldn't mess with shallow reefs either. I used to kayak surf fairly large waves up in Humboldt County and, looking back on it, I can't believe some of the spots that I casually surfed alone. I was getting worked on the rocks put I had my elbow pads on and thought it was no different that creeking...I was actually having fun getting spanked. But now I realize that the ocean waves are more powerful than most features that I ran into while creeking. Respect the power of the ocean!!!

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