Just two days ago French freestyler Adrien Bosson published a post that showed yet another pro windsurfer succumbing to injury, this time rather than a broken bone, tweaked knee or rolled ankle it is 'just' a flesh wound. Nonetheless Bosson's windsurfing time in Brazil has come to an end for this season. We caught up with him to find out a little more about what actually happened. Perhaps not for the faint-hearted Bosson gives us every little detail.
Over to Bosson...
(Bosson is also nominated for European Freestyle Windsurfer of the Year, if you fancy voting for him then click here and select Adrien Bosson)
So! About yesterday..
The day started like everyday since I'm in Brazil, Café da Manha in Jeri city and relaxing before the session. Then said goodbye to Antony and Nic who left the place to go back to their own countries.
After that I went to the beach, at Jerisport (Ian Mouro's windsurf centre), to meet Mister Dario who organised a photo/video session down wind to the dune of Jeri. We were a group of five; me and Dario windsurfing, Adrian the photographer, Joao Henrique filming with his camera and Arianne Aukes filming with the gopro.
Me and Dario sailed down wind while the others drove there with Adrian's quad. Once there, we had really nice conditions, amazing conditions even! We were only two sailing, some good waves in the set and stacked with my 4.4. After 10 minutes warming up, we start shooting and sailed like this for 40 minutes until the crash...
The wind at that spot is a bit different compared to the main spot of Jeri, it's stronger and more offshore. And I think I was tired too (sailed 18 days out of the last 20... It is just so windy here!). Anyway, I wanted to do an air chachoo. I learnt this move on that side a few days before and it went alright, but this time not. After 2 big crashes trying the move, I really wanted to land one. I saw the set coming, beachstarted and got straight up to full speed quick to get the best ramp. The moment I hit the ramp I felt that it wouldn't rotate the right way, the power of the wave plus the strong gust just took the control out of my hands. Than I don't really remember what happened, I just remember that I fell first and my gear was right above myself. When I hit the water I tried to protect my face with my hand but didn't work. I ate the tail (or the fins) of the board...
Immediately I felt that it was a bad crash. Whilst I was water starting I could feel the warm blood on my face and 10 seconds I couldn't see anything else except red. When I arrived at the beach, Adrian and Arianne came to see me and gave me a t-shirt to stop the bleeding. Less than five minutes after, we (me, Arianne and Adrian) were driving to the 'hospital' of Jeri with Adrian's quad. Joao took my gear to go back to the main spot with Dario.
Once at the "hospital", a nurse (or doctor, i dont really know) took charge, she starts looking at the cut and cleaning it. After that she said that she was able to do the stitches... It was quite a big cut and I have to say that I was a bit worried about her abilities to do a nice job. You know you're a little more stressed when you are lost in a small town in Brazil with the smallest hospital you've ever seen! Thanks to Arianne who stayed with me all along to speak to the girl in portugues and translate.
In the end I didn't really have much of a choice. So she starts the operation: injection and the stitches. It went all good and no so painful. The cut was quite wide so she had to pull on the stitches to close the cut, this is what I felt the most.
I have to say that the girl did a really nice job in the end. This morning (the day after the crash) I checked the cut and it's very clean and proper. It is still swollen and I have a loss of feeling around the cut but it looks good and I'm alright! It was more fear than pain in the end!
I have two more days in Brazil till I go home, so the plan is to rest and get better, spend Christmas and New Year at home and be ready for my next trip in January to Cape Town! I don't think I'm gonna windsurf before Cape Town. The trip in Brazil was one of the most intense trip I ever had and after this crash I really feel that I need to rest. I really want to thank the guys (Arianne, Adrien, Jaoa and Dario) who helped me a lot, it would have a been a real different story without them!
And I didn't pay anything for the operation, haha, Brazilian style. Last October in Sylt it was way more expensive with my b... injury, but that's another story...
With wish Bosson a speedy recovery.
Images by Adrian Irvine