Keahi’s Close Enocunter…

Reo Stevens talks us through Keahi’s ‘dreaded leash bounce back’ incident…

MG 1186 - Keahi's Close Enocunter...

Keahi came over to Oahu for a few days. His timing was perfect for this wave that only breaks on a large wind swell on the east side of the island – normally the spot is flat with light winds and is perfect for beginners, so it’s quite ironic and I chuckle at the thought that he hurt himself there.

We had just spent 20 minutes tacking upwind to the wave, when he decides that he’s going to try some ‘jumpy spinny thing’ right in front of me.. Half way through the spin, the board separates from his feet and he splashes down in the water with the board springing tail first towards his head. At that point I wasn’t sure if it had hit him, but it looked close enough that I felt I should check.

Turned out the center fin near broke off on his head, leaving a huge gash. We went back to the beach where it was clear that a trip to the doctors would be necessary. 10 stitches (and a valuable lesson with a doctor bill that clearly reflected how much it sucks to be in America with no health insurance) and he was out the door counting the days till he’d be back in the water again.”

keahi head wound 2 - Keahi's Close Enocunter...

I’d like to point out, that although you see many pros wearing surf leashes, it is usually in situations that would put more risk chasing a lost board (dry reef, wind shadows etc) than risking the dreaded leash bounce back. If you can lose a board and recover it without any added danger to you or anyone else, I wouldn’t not recommend wearing a surf leash.

The culprit. Notice the hair still stuck in it.. and yes it was a brand new fin before the session - Keahi's Close Enocunter...

Yes… It was a brand new fin…

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