Nik Baker Update
Top ranked PWA sailor Nik Baker (Mistral, North) has been off the water since February following a broken ankle sustained during a windsurfing photo shoot in Tasmania. After missing the start of the season including the first PWA wave event of the season in Vargas he is hoping to be back on the water in time for the Pozo event in Gran Canaria.
My injury happened when I was in Tasmania on a North Sails photo shoot. I was coming down from a big aerial and somehow as I landed, the board railed up and my front foot snapped around my foot strap.
After a long ordeal in hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, I finally made it back home and had it put in plaster. My foot was badly damaged, I broke the heads of some metatarsals and I broke the bone that holds the archway of your foot into 3 pieces. That has been the problem bone in the healing process. I have been using a hyperbaric chamber and all sorts of other machines including 'cell inform' which generates blood flow and an air cast machine that works on compression to disperse the swelling.
I have just sailed in Maui for the first time since the middle of February when I had the accident. It was a little weird, a little scary and little painful but I'm trying to take it easy at the moment so I don't re injure myself.
I am hoping to be ready to compete in Gran Canaria with a bit of luck.
Nik Baker K-66