This latest blog is to commemorate one year since I broke my femur in a skate boarding incident. March 27th is the anniversary date of breaking my femur while visiting a friend in Hawaii. The official description would be a comminuted right intertrochanteric femur fracture. That means I broke my femur in two places clean through near the hip. March 28, 2016 was the surgery date where two titanium rods were used to fuse the femur together so it could heal properly. A day I was sure would change my life, and looking back I can see it has but not in the many ways that I feared. Many blessings and growth have come to pass, and one year feels like 3.
Last year I was still skateboarding the pool here at Tinnell Memorial Skate park a couple evenings a week and I was feeling good. However it had been maybe 4 or 5 years since I had been surfing.Surfing has been a part of my life since I was maybe 15 - 16. Since leaving California, that part of my life was as empty as Kellyanne Conwaye's eyes and I decided taking some surf trips a couple times a year would be a good way to fill that void. I have a friend living on the North Shore of Hawaii had previously connected with me about making a visit for a week in March. I had opened the yoga studio in September 2015, my friend wanted me to come to her wedding in October and surf, but because of timing with being busy here, we opted to schedule my visit for March when stresses and the waves settled down. 2015 was a big year for waves in Hawaii.
The trip date was set, my yoga classes were covered, and I was taking my first surf trip in over 5 years. I got to Hawaii with no problems, I normally travel light with a carry on backpack, not meaning to throw my mom under the bus but she insisted I take a suit case and bring my skateboard since there is a park right down the street from my friend's house. In addition to seeing if I could still surf a sideline for the Hawaii trip was just to decompress. After getting picked up from the airport my friend took me to get food, and we checked out the beaches behind her house. Freddy's and several other spots with surf about 3 - 5 foot by California standards. The next day we surfed a couple times and the first wave I caught I got up and bailed. It felt strange to get up on a wave after so long. Next wave my friend commented that I looked like I never stopped, and it felt so good to be in warm water with great waves.
So the week went on, I was surfing and eating great. without trying I think I lost 5 pounds from swimming everyday and hiking up and down the North Shore everyday, about 12 miles. We practiced some yoga and took a co-op class that was pretty good. By the end of my visit I was going to go to Kauai and visit another friend but I backed out because I had to fly and it was Easter weekend so my friends were busy with family. I thought oh well I'll just chill, get through the week and head back to Arizona.
My return flight was Monday at 9 am, and on Saturday I went surfing by myself for 2 hours and then with my friend for another couple hours. I was going on my walkabout and my friend suggested I go skateboard the park. So I ventured to the North Shore skate park across from Su