A New Year dawns. What will it hold? There are heaps of things that I hope for but I will put in a plea to the Boarding God for no more injuries for a while, please.
I have always been lucky in this respect, at least until 16 months ago. Jumps off rocky platforms into some unpromising situations used to be my stock in trade. Whilst more than one board suffered the consequences of this approach, I paddled away unscathed countless times. My luck ran out September before last in Southwest France. On the penultimate day of our holiday I messed around in a shallow bowl somewhere near Bayonne. My foot slipped off the back kick and the result was ripped knee ligaments. I was side-lined for a good portion of 2010s autumn swells and of course skating. By the Christmas period though I was fit again. We ventured up Codden Hill on our mountain bikes in the snow. I took a small launch off a drop and landed in a snow drift. The result was that the bike stopped when the wheels touched the snow drift below but I maintained my trajectory. I partially dislocated my collar bone. Late February saw a return to the water but in truth I have been left with depleted paddle power. March saw me skating again. A snapped Achilles tendon soon put paid to this though. A snapped Achilles takes an eternity to resolve itself. The low point for me this summer was when I returned to the water on a kneeboard. It took me 30 minutes to hobble across the Croyde reef rocks from the Baggy Point car park. Finally. in September I had a coming together with a hot hatch whilst on my bike heading towards South Molton. This time though it was only some abrasions and a slightly tweaked leg.
From October onwards though my rehab work aided by Jane Cumming started to take effect. I am fit and rearing to go. So please no more injuries I have waves to surf, bowls to skate and trails to explore.
The answer to the title question of course is almost certainly yes but as far as I know he is still boarding with the style displayed above.