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08/24/2011 - created by Ed Sinclair

Swift out of Action

Disaster strikes for British wave ripper Robby Swift, as a broken foot puts him in a cast and unable to complete the 2011 wave tour.

Having had a fantastic start to the year Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) currently sits in 9th place on the overall results ladder and he has been looking stronger than ever, pulling amazing push-loop forwards in competition along with super-fast double forward loops. However we have received the unfortunate news that Swift has suffered an injury to his foot whilst sailing an enormous wave in Chile.

Swift explains all:

"My parents came to Chile to meet me to go skiing for five days, but the day that they arrived there was a massive swell. I couldn't bear to miss the waves so I made them come down to my house in Matanzas so that I could surf and sail for a couple of days, and then the plan was to go up to the mountains on the third day.

We arrived at my house at 3am and I woke up at 8am to go surfing in the morning. The waves were massive and perfect, and I surfed for about three hours before the wind picked up and I came back home, ate breakfast and left again with my windsurfing gear before mum, dad and Heidy were even awake. I rigged up my 5.3, sailed out, got one long sick wave and then caught one more wave where I did a 360 on a mast and a half high section and although I landed perfectly, the lip kind of barrelled over me and squashed me down onto my board.

I was pushed forward and my board was positioned slightly sideways on the wave, so it started to get sucked up the wave and that meant that my toes were bent unnaturally up towards my tibia. The footstrap didn't allow my foot to get out and the momentum and pressure of the wind in my sail pulled me forwards and I felt a sharp pain in my mid foot.

I didn't realise it was broken as the water was so cold, but I knew that it was badly hurt. I was able to sail back to the beach and then hobble towards the wooden rigging area. A couple of friends of mine from Australia and Chile were there to help me walk, and as we walked further and my foot warmed up on the sand, the pain became worse and worse. The foot started to swell up in exactly the same area that my other foot had swollen up 5 years ago so I became afraid that I had done the same injury as before. When I went to the hospital, they confirmed my fears and now I am back in the UK waiting for an operation.

We arrived in Chile on Thursday night and were already back in London in hospital on Monday.

In the end, nobody was able to go skiing and we had to pay thousands of dollars each to change our flights home, so I wasn't a very popular son. That will teach me for changing plans at the last minute as usual.

It is a pretty painful recovery as it is a very sensitive part of your foot that bears the weight of your whole body, and it is right in the place where the foot strap goes but my other foot recovered 100% and I am having the same surgeon perform the surgery on this foot so I am confident that I am going to be back on the water as soon as possible. I should definitely be able to enjoy the second half of the winter in Maui, where I will be going as soon as I get the plaster off to do rehab with Scott Sanchez at Team MPG and Yoga with Northshore Ashtanga. I am looking forward to the recovery already, it's going to be a long six weeks in plaster.

Heidy and I will still be going to Denmark and Sylt to make videos of the PWA action. It looks like poor Heidy will have to carry all the camera gear on her own though and be my nurse at the same time, I am sure that the rest of the team will help her out! I am not going to enjoy being on the side-lines but I suppose it will be more fun than being at home on my own, watching the action on the internet!

I'm disappointed that this year's competing is over for me. I've been doing all the right things, eating well, training hard and I felt as strong and fit as ever before I hurt myself. I feel like I have been sailing better than ever and am sad that I won't be able to compete in the last two wave events this year.

However, last time I broke my foot I came back more motivated than ever after feeling trapped like a caged animal until I was allowed to go back in the water and I came 3rd in the waves two years after starting my come back. I have an operation on Monday and from there on, I will be counting the days till I can get back on the water!"

You can keep up to date with Swift's progress and watch his amazing video's HERE

From all of us at the PWA we wish Robby a ‘Swift’ recovery!

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