Accidents are a part of life and action sports are, of course, no exception. As a participant you can do your best to stay prepared, but even so they can't be avoided. That's why they are called accidents.
Some accidents go way beyond a simple crash or fall and enter the realm of the truly bizarre. Here are a few of our favorite examples.
1. On the Upside, He Became an Internet Sensation
The odds of this ever happening again are pretty slim, but there is still a lot to be learned from Mikey's experience. First and foremost, that the third time is, in fact, not always a charm. No, there is nothing charming about getting stabbed in the "gooch" by a shattered skateboard.
Also, we learned that in serious times of need you could do no worse than to be surrounded by a group of your middle school pals. Not the best crowd to handle an injury of such a sensitive nature.
And, of course, suffering such a bizarre injury makes you an easy target for the comedians.
Is it just me or does he gets really mean spirited at the end? The biggest lesson learned may be that after having something like this filmed by your pals that it is imperative to talk them out of posting it on the internet. Good luck with that!
2. Oh, the Novice
Taking something on with little or no experience can sometimes lead to innovation, other times it becomes a practice in poor judgment and can be absolute proof that every thing should come with detailed instructions. (What in the world did this kid think he was doing?)
Then there is the occasion when the novice creates new and exciting ways to wipeout. Try duplicating that one why don't you. Good luck getting her back on the board.
3. The Pros Are Not Immune
Mother Nature should never be taken lightly as snowboarding legend Xavier De Le Rue learned on this fateful day when he tried, in vain, to outrun an avalanche. A good lesson for all on being aware of and paying attention to the warning signs when you are hitting the slopes.
4. The Crazy Mom Factor
Pro Skater Leland Goldberg can tell you that it isn't always the accident that is bizarre, but sometimes what happens as a result.
After Goldberg accidentally ran over an unsupervised child who was running willy nilly through the skatepark, he got a hard lesson in how irrational some people can be.
While Goldberg was checking on the boy and apologizing for the accident he was confronted by the boy’s mother, who had the audacity to shove him before punching him in the face.
Not cool lady. You would think that most people would understand that having a kid at a skatepark is not that different from crossing a busy street. Holding hands is highly recommended.
Props to Goldberg for handling the situation like a mature adult and walking away. To argue with a fool is to become one, after all.
There you have it, some bizarre action sports accidents. Whether you are snowboarding, skating, surfing, or even watching you can never be too careful.
So next time you are at the skatepark be sure to keep your eyes open for flying boards, small children and psycho moms.
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