According to a recent post on his Instagram, professional surfer Dane Reynolds suffered a back injury at Backdoor Pipeline last week. In the video post, we can see Reynolds elevator drop straight onto the reef in what was an extremely hollow and heavy wave.
Reynolds can be seen surfacing after the drop and limping to the beach in the video, visibly in pain as he attempts to stretch his back out. According to the Instagram post, Reynolds bruised his tailbone and cracked a vertebrae. Recovery time for a cracked vertebrae can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months (or even longer) depending on the severity of the fracture.
As Reynolds said of the particular wave at Backdoor Pipeline that did the damage:
Either u get blown out and u feel so rad and proud and stoked, or u get an elevator drop to the reef and bruise your tailbone and crack a vertebrae… such a fine line that defines your future when you take a wave at pipe! I got absolutely dominated last week.
No details on the recovery time for Reynolds and his current capabilities, but stayed tuned for further details. Back injuries can be very difficult for surfers, as the torquing motions are vital to the sport. Hopefully, he heals up quick and can be back in the water soon.