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Old 07-01-2016   #1
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OBJ injuries

A friend of mine tore his achilles tendon and broke a bone in his foot a couple weeks ago. Then, today I see on facebook that someone was med-evac'd out of there this year with a back injury. Can anyone share details of the back injury? where, how? Any other injuries out there? Not sure I want to know, but would like to avoid similar mistakes/accidents in the future.

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Old 07-01-2016   #3
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Ten years ago on 6/6/6 it was running high and I got pushed too far right on the big one and landed in the shallow area. It jacked my back pretty good and I can still feel it.
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Old 07-01-2016   #4
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So sorry to hear about Nate's injury. My thoughts are with you Nate! I hope you get the best medical care and heal up well.
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Old 07-01-2016   #5
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Even if you don't know Nate, please consider donating a couple bucks to help his recovery. A small contribution can go a long way. We all play this risky game, and sometimes tragedy strikes. Lets help create a safety net for one of our fellow brothers.
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Thank you for posting this. Taking care of each other is is about the most important thing we can do in life.
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Old 07-01-2016   #7
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I remember Jono Stevens jacked his back on OBJ back before he went out to Santa Cruz and got into surf kayaking. This would've been back in the early oughts. Seems like there are lots of injuries there, hence the other name, "Oh be careful."

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I know of several back in the late nineties early '00s:

piton right side on the big one, both ankles broken und jammed under the bulk head of a Perception Phat.

Very lucky to roll up and make the eddy.

Broken back from a different pales same drop.

Compressed disk at same drop due to monster boof to flat landing.

Also back injuries from flat landings at both the top drop and last drop.

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I know Nate and he's good as they come. Please consider helping out a fellow boater and awesome person.
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John Solanik broke both ankles on the big one in '98 or '97, went too far right.

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