In some unfortunate news, my friend, Nate Fletcher, broke his femur at Pipe yesterday morning.– The weird part is he did it doing a cutback.– The waves were 4 to 6 ft. and Uncle Eddie decided not to run the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, so everyone was out free surfing.– Apparently, Nate got a fun one, pulled in, got spit out, and threw down a ridiculously high speed cutback, and when he banked of the whitewater. Snap!– It was the crack heard around the world. –See, quads go fast!
Dave Wassel said he heard the bone break from the beach, and Ryan Hackman said he heard it from the Quiksilver house.– Fuck, that’s gnarly.– Dave and Myles Padaca pulled Nate out of the water and onto the beach where the lifeguards were waiting.– He was taken to Wahiawa Hospital, and had surgery today at Queens Memorial Hospital in Honolulu. –Turns out, he has two fractures of the femur, and metal rods were inserted into his leg during surgery. –
Nate has always been the future of surfing.– The guy was riding quads years before the fad, and I’ve always looked to him to see what’s next.– Let’s hope what’s next is some more ripping from Nate.– Make a speedy recovery buddy!– The photo above I took, the photo below is from Surfline taken by Sean Davey.