Skate Anatomy | Paul Machnau

By: | Monday, July 20, 2009 //



LEFT SIDE:
Multi-Roller
For some reason, since I had surgery on my right ankle I always roll my left one.

LA Rodilla
My foot slipped off my tail coming off this rail in LA. I did the splits and smashed my inner knee hard on the ground. Serious pain. I thought I tore something, but it ended up just being sprained. Still took a few months to heal.

Push Comes to Shove
I broke my rib on a switch pop-shove over this street gap. I got wheelbite, stuck, and flew onto my left arm, which stabbed my midsection and snapped a rib. Broken ribs suck.

Rib Jib
I was taking the day off from skating and decided to go downhill mountain biking to relax. Unfortunately, I started getting into it and was bustin’ moves until the ground got in my way. Handlebars to the ribs. Great day off.

Mother Earth Hurts
When I was 8, these bullies at school slingshotted me into a tree, which broke my collar bone on impact.

CENTER:
Barcelona Tailbona
In Barcelona, I slipped of a nollie crook on a bench and stepped back on my board, shot out, and impaled myself on the corner of another bench, right next to my tailbone. I rolled on the ground drooling and moaning for about 25 minutes. By far the most pain I have ever been in.

Czech’d Chin
In the Prague contest back in ’01, I was skating in practice and slipped out and smashed my chin on the concrete. Had to get stitches in the sketchiest hospital I have ever seen. It was cold, dark, dirty, and felt like a horror movie set.

Dipped Back Lip
I was trying to back-lip this rail with a sketchy run-up, so I laid down some wood. Bad idea. My pop was springy and I locked into a back Smith, stuck, flew backwards, and blindly slammed right to my back and head. Knocked myself out for a second and put myself out for a month.

Crack Whore Head Bash
I was coming home from dinner one night around midnight. There was this sketchy girl trying to buzz into my building. She followed me in and for the next half hour I tried to get her to leave my lobby. So I finally called the cops and stood with the door open so she would leave. She had put a brick or something in her purse and on her way out swung and hit me on the side of my head. I almost passed out and immediately started gushing blood from this huge gash in my melon.

RIGHT SIDE:
Impaled Toenail
My board harpooned my big toe about eight years ago and my toenail fell off once a year around the same time for, like, six years. That was weird, but it’s over now. I’ve been running this one for a solid two years.

Unreasonable Breakage
Filming in San Jose for The Reason, I slipped off a switch flip down a double set and fell back on my right leg until my ankle couldn’t hold on anymore. It gave out and popped out of socket as my fibula snapped. I got a dislocated ankle and broken fibula and I actually didn’t know my leg was broken until I went to the hospital.

The Aussie Crippler
I stuck on a front board down this double kink in Australia and fell onto a foot-high brick retaining wall. Pretty much crippled myself for two weeks. I was walking sideways until I had a few physio sessions. If I had hit an inch to my left I could have crushed my spine and really been messed. Someone was watching out for me on that one.

All Thumbs Today
Years ago on a mission to Cali from Vancouver, me and Chalmers stopped at this hubba at a school in Redding. I think I was just warming up and came off it weird, stuck, and fell straight onto my thumb. It’s still all messed up.

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