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bigrig 08-01-2010 08:00 PM

Snowboarder vs Tree
I just found this forum tonight and figured it would be a good place to share my story. Back in February, I snowboarded into a tree at Breckenridge to avoid hitting someone in front of me. I severely fractured my right fibula and tibia and almost lost my foot. I had two surgeries to get two plates and 19 screws installed in both bones. I also had to get a skin transplant to help a wound heal.

Fast forward to last week, I found out that I broke both surgical implants during my physical therapy. I'm back to ground zero, facing my third surgery in a few weeks.

I was dying to get back on my board next February, but it looks like that's going to be pushed back. Anyone else have any problems like this?

I've been keeping a stupid blog up to date since February, mainly to share all of the gross pictures with friends and family. I was in an external fixator for a while. You can get to it at Snowboarder vs. Tree.

HoboMaster 08-01-2010 09:51 PM

That's why when your going to hit a tree, lean back and throw the board out from under you to take the impact.

killclimbz 08-02-2010 10:09 AM

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Getting your board in front of you is fine and dandy but it isn't always an option. Sounds like in this instance, riding in "control" would have served the OP better. If you have to take such a drastic measure to avoid hitting someone, control wasn't there. All above things given, probably a better choice to do what he did. Colliding with someone unexpectedly could kill. Good luck with the recovery. Sounds like it's going to be a bitch, but you will eventually put it behind you and you'll get back to riding at some point.

NWBoarder 08-02-2010 11:05 AM

Ouch dude! Best of luck to you and your recovery! I think it's awesome that you wanna ride still. A lot of people would use something like that as an excuse to quit.

bigrig 08-02-2010 07:13 PM

i was definitely not in control. i was leading with my switch foot for practice going way too fast. i got on my ass about a second before i hit the tree and took the entire impact with my board under my right foot. lesson learned the extremely hard way. i would have been able to avoid all collisions had i been leading with my right foot. sucks.

AlexS 08-03-2010 02:24 PM

Owch! Just stay in control when snowboarding in a sketchy place. If you don't feel comfortable, don't get into dangerous situations

bigrig 08-31-2010 12:44 AM

Update after third surgery
Just got out of the hospital a few days ago. Went great. Here are the pics of my brand spanking new external fixator.

thanks for all the wishes to a good recovery. definitely going to be sure not to go so fast on switch or not in control near other skiers and boarders.

killclimbz 08-31-2010 08:49 AM

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Oh that looks very nasty. You are going to have some really kewl scars though, and chicks dig scars...

bigrig 08-31-2010 07:52 PM

the scars are going to be awesome

eschen515 09-01-2010 11:07 AM

i would have either hit the person. or fallen over.

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