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Damien Hobgood Injured at Teahupoo

damien hobgood teahupooLooks like Teahupoo strikes again, and this time it laid a licking on one of the Dream Tour’s finest.

According to Transworld SURF’s Senior Photographer, Tim Jones, Damien Hobgood got sucked backwards over the falls on an eight-footer at Teahupoo. Apparently someone had called him off the wave, so Hobgood pulled back, but still got slammed onto the reef. Though he is in stable condition, he did sustain a serious concussion, along with a chewed up shoulder and back. Initial guesses have him out of the water at least six-eight weeks.

This will more than likely keep him out of next months Billabong Pro, which of course will be held at ‘Chopes. This is doubly sad considering he won the event last year and we’d all love to see him defend his title. After taking a pounding like that at a break that is as heavy and deadly as any in the world, I’m guessing that is the least of Damien’s concerns right now. The fact that more guys aren’t laid up by this Tahitian fire-breather is a testament to the talent and skill possessed by those who are constantly charging such an unbelievable wave.

We wish Damien Hobgood all the best and look forward to seeing him back in the water once he is recovered.

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Posted by Shaun on Thursday, April 17th, 2008 in Surfing.

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2 Responses to “Damien Hobgood Injured at Teahupoo”

  • petetheripper Says:

    Teahupoo is one of a handful of waves that I have no desire to ever try and drop into. While I absolutely love watching the wave and others surfing it, it’s just way to big, heavy, and the damn thing practically sucks the reef dry. That’s sucks for Damo, hopefully he recovers quickly.

  • scott Says:

    It’s not always big and heavy. It depends on the swell. I have seen perfect Teahupoo when it’s just overhead.

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