The “Swell of the Decade” has been hitting Western Australia since Friday, thanks to a huge storm 2,000km off the coast. 5m (16ft) waves with 16 second swell periods….. Up to 9-12m (30-40ft) waves. The “Ride of a Lifetime.”
So what would Bodhi do?
Heâ€™d be right in there! Wouldnâ€™t miss it for anything of course!
And the same went for real-life Australian surfer, Justin Holland, who headed down to our South West from his home in the Gold Coast.
QLD Surfer, @justinhollandsurfer, flew ~4,000km to WA to surf the extreme conditions we’re experiencing at the moment. Expecting 6m (20ft) waves where they were surfing near Gracetown, he instead rode an 18m (60ft) monster, which snapped his femur (thigh bone) & landed him in hospital needing surgery. Worth it? He says it was! Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery, & plenty of great rides to come! (No minifigs were harmed in the making of this shot – but a childhood pre-broken piece found fresh love) #lego #westernaustralia #minifig #news #surfing #storm #rideofalifetime #nevergrowingup #nikon
Luckily he didn’t severe an artery with his break, & he was rescued by his friends before heading to hospital.Â He’s had titanium rods installed, & his wife is by his side.Â You can see some photographs of the amazing waves out there he got to experience, as well as his before & after xrays, on his instagram account.
And to those wanting to see what was involved in the making of the above photo:
For those who are worried, the minifig was not broken in order to take the photo.Â I’m not that cruel.
I have no idea when or how it was broken as it’s from my partner’s childhood collection. We found it like that when he dug out his suitcase full of Technic – there were random normal LEGO minifigures & one rather awesome set from the 90s. The pin that holds the leg on is snapped off inside the leg… & when I heard about the injury that Justin Holland sustained on Saturday it seemed rather perfect.
Even broken LEGO comes in useful & can still be loved.