Forums > Stand Up Paddle General

Be careful out there - SUP - fin chop

Reply
Created by breeezeofchange 3 months ago, 27 Jan 2022
breeezeofchange
VIC, 9 posts
27 Jan 2022 8:21AM
Thumbs Up

Hello people,

On Sunday I had a bad accident on my SUP and in some ways I'm lucky to still have my leg or even be alive.
I'm glad I had my impact vest on as it let me float immediately after the incident.

I got a fin chop on a small reef break - steps in the back of my leg. I used my board to get in, then crawled over the reef and a fellow surfer walking his dog helped lift my leg with me in. Somehow it missed my artery -I didn't have a wetsuit on as it was such a beautiful morning.
SUP Melbourne (fb group) have refused to acknowledge the incident took place and won't let me share my story. I'm not sure on the logic here. I just want to warn people to be careful, maybe prevent an incident etc. No body wants to be helicoptered off the reef no matter how cool it might look.

My only advice would be to consider always wearing a wetsuit when out there in the surf, because it's likely to reduce the severity of an incident from a fin.

I am regularly on the water and was due to enter my first comp in a few weeks time. A little disappointed but for me a serious accident was probably overdue.

I'm not sure how I can ever fully thank those at steps (jan juc), the paramedics, SES and the helicopter crew for getting me to hospital plus all the staff here. I am alive. I have a long road ahead but I will get there.
If anyone else has had a similar incident any advice for the road to recovery would be much appreciated.

colas
4550 posts
27 Jan 2022 1:16PM
Thumbs Up

Sorry to hear this, but glad for you to have a road to recovery.

I sand all my fins so that they are blunt (with a Donaldson half-rounded trailing edge), and I even rounded the (nose, tail) of my surfboards if they were sharp. I have seen too many mishaps, but was lucky up to now...

DaveSandan
VIC, 1142 posts
28 Jan 2022 3:00PM
Thumbs Up

Ouch, sorry to hear about your accident. It's not exclusive to sup many a surfer has had similar injuries albeit not to often like yourself. Once you are recovered I hope you manage to get back in the water to get the monkey off your back if you have that lingering doubt that is about hurting yourself.
Not sure why it would be kept quiet, **** happens, no ones fault that why we call it an accident, or is there a legal angle here?
Hope you get better mate really soon, nothing worse than being hurt.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 2056 posts
28 Jan 2022 4:12PM
Thumbs Up

What a bummer!!

So what happened? How did the fin cut into your leg? Was it when you fell off, or going back out through the white water, or something else?

I don't quite understand the "keep it quiet" message. If you were participating in an event, how come no one knew you were in trouble?

I hope you are able to recover quickly!

Daveb27
40 posts
28 Jan 2022 10:47PM
Thumbs Up

I fallen on my fins a few times, prone & SUP, luckily with rubber inbetween. Hard enough to cut the neoprene and drive the fin into the board and cause bruising. Only happens when pushing my limits, so I wear a wettie and helmet when I'm likely to be getting a bit rad.

FRP
467 posts
29 Jan 2022 12:33AM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
colas said..
Sorry to hear this, but glad for you to have a road to recovery.

I sand all my fins so that they are blunt (with a Donaldson half-rounded trailing edge), and I even rounded the (nose, tail) of my surfboards if they were sharp. I have seen too many mishaps, but was lucky up to now...




Thanks for posting Breeze and wishing you a full and rapid recovery. This is a good reminder to sand my newish fins. I was doing this with every new set after a fin slash destroyed a wetsuit leg (just a scratch on my leg) a few years ago and then sort of let it slide.

(Colas, what is the "Donaldson half-rounded trailing edge"?

Cheers

Bob

breeezeofchange
VIC, 9 posts
29 Jan 2022 7:08AM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
I wear a wettie and helmet when I'm likely to be getting a bit rad.


Yeah, I was just feeling guilty about it being summer, the water temp coming up etc. I've always got my helmets on and impact vest - and I've been winded before so it's definitely helped. It also helps to 'pop you up' in big surf.

colas
4550 posts
29 Jan 2022 5:10AM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
FRP said..
(Colas, what is the "Donaldson half-rounded trailing edge"?


This: www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Stand-Up-Paddle/SUP/The-definitive-solution-to-fins-and-foils-whistling-humming--The--Donaldson-trailing-edge-

breeezeofchange
VIC, 9 posts
29 Jan 2022 7:13AM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
cantSUPenough said..


So what happened? How did the fin cut into your leg? Was it when you fell off, or going back out through the white water, or something else?

I don't quite understand the "keep it quiet" message. If you were participating in an event


No event, I was out on my own. It's interesting I was advised by one of their admins in person about safety, I WAS a financial member and I went to social paddles. Maybe it's all about numbers?

Like all accidents- they all happen so quick. I was late on take off on a small wave -1-2 foot or something. You know when you get that oh 'shut' moment. As I went under something slammed against my leg - behind my knee and pushed away. Shark? Unlikely. Reef - possibly. But I think it was the board and a fellow surfer whom worked at the hospital who came for a look pre-surgery thought the same.
of course we may never know

micksmith
VIC, 1613 posts
29 Jan 2022 7:14AM
Thumbs Up

Firstly, all the best on your recovery.
I wonder if SUP Melbourne ( SUP Vic ? ) rationale is they don't want to put newbie's off, sometimes graphic photos/description can put people off, not trying to defend them as I really don't know the full story.
Appreciate your warning and advice though not sure peeps are going to wear wetties in 30?c + days , and even if they did you still have feet, hands and head vulnerable. basically it comes down to risk V's reward and inherent risk, do it at your own peril.

soundsolution
6 posts
29 Jan 2022 6:29AM
Thumbs Up

I windsurf or SUP surf every possible day and every day in the summer. Except for missing all of August. 2021.
I had a late take off on "one more wave" of a waist to shoulder 3 hour SUP surf session. Closed out abruptly going down the line and got rolled with my favorite board and excellent G-10 thruster fins. I had sanded the fins but not enough. A fin sliced my heel very deep. I did not go to the ER for stitches due to COVID overload and my DIY nature. I glued it and taped it. It was deep and took a month to heal. Kept me out of the water due to persistent bleeding. The most painful part was being out of the water for a full month. It could have been so much worse. Sand your fins....

Gboots
NSW, 1285 posts
29 Jan 2022 8:52AM
Thumbs Up

Instead of sanding what about using water proof tape on edge (the way you tape a paddle) ? At least you could remove

justaddwater
NSW, 411 posts
29 Jan 2022 11:04AM
Thumbs Up

Or the protec rubber foiled trailing edge fins( flame suit on re performance)

breeezeofchange
VIC, 9 posts
29 Jan 2022 2:46PM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
micksmith said..
Appreciate your warning and advice though not sure peeps are going to wear wetties in 30?c + days , and even if they did you still have feet, hands and head vulnerable. basically it comes down to risk V's reward and inherent risk, do it at your own peril.


Exactly. Life is about calculated risk and balance. Lying on the rocks/reef post incident I wasn't cold and I bet it was 25*C :-)

stamp
QLD, 2725 posts
30 Jan 2022 9:23AM
Thumbs Up

compared to a prone shortboard or even most longboards; sanding the fins on a SUP is not going to make a huge reduction to the risk of a fin bite. A SUP is just so much heavier.

If you land on the board it is not going to move much to absorb your force, and if it lands on you it has a lot of momentum that is not easily deflected.

sanding your fins might help a bit, but don't become complacent just because you have dulled the trailing edge a bit. I reckon thinking ahead & planning your fall on every wave is more effective & important.

FRP
467 posts
30 Jan 2022 8:27AM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
justaddwater said..
Or the protec rubber foiled trailing edge fins( flame suit on re performance)


I agree justaddwater. I used Protec fins for years and most of the surf schools here use them. As I progressed fin design seemed to make a noticeable difference and I stopped using Protec. Those learning to surf are at the greatest risk of injury and Protec fins will help reduce that risk.

Bob



Subscribe
Reply

Forums > Stand Up Paddle General


"Be careful out there - SUP - fin chop" started by breeezeofchange