Chris Craig Takes a Knee
Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 by Zack | Posted under General, Riders
As you may or may not have already heard, Northwest staple Chris Craig recently took the “initiation” many a wakeboarder does with the first major injury of his career.† He did a number on his knee that ended his season back in October.† We asked Chris about the knee and where he goes from here.† Have a read below.
WBNW: You received your first major injury in wakeboarding toward the end of the season.† What happened?
CC: It was October 22nd and I was riding with Tom Olson and filming for ďOne Eye Shut.Ē I cased the wake on a Toe Seven.
WBNW: What went through your head when you realized you blew your knee?† It was the end of the season for wake, but near the start for snow…so I imagine a good/bad timing for it to occur.
CC: Yea, snowboarding has always been one of my favorite things to do, so I will miss it this year. Itís always fun to go up to the pass and not care about learning something new or riding for a camera. Even with the loss of the snow season my injury could not have happen in any better circumstances. I won’t have any longer of an off season from wakeboarding, and I hate to say it, but I was kind of expecting something like this to happen to me. Riding so much all the time, it was almost bound to happen, so I am glad that it is over…I hope!
WBNW: Was there much pain involved when the injury happened or was it more just an emotional letdown?
CC: It hurt bad for the first ten seconds and then the pain went away.† I couldnít walk on it or bend it, but as long as I didnít have to do anything then it was all good. Emotionally I am a strong believer in the whole “everything happens for a reason.” I try to not let things get to me and know that something good is going to come from this. Life is a lot easer if you donít let the small stuff get to you.
WBNW: How did the surgery go?
CC: The surgery went really good. The doctor said at first when he went to fix my meniscus that he couldnít find it. It had flipped up and was resting behind my femur.
WBNW: Are you currently in physical therapy and have you received a recovery timeframe?
CC: I started PT on November 7th,†and so far so good. Nobody will give me a straight answer†on how long it will be until I† am able to get back on the water. I have heard everything from 6-months to a year. I think that they don’t want to tell me the wrong thing and get my hopes up. I am going to do my best to be back on the board by March.
WBNW: What has kept you busy while you have been injured?
CC: Well I am going to school taking some online classes and I also got a Nintendo Wii. So if anyone wants to come over and get their butt kicked at bowling then bring it on.
WBNW: Will the footage of the injury make it into the new “One Eye Shut” film?
CC: I donít know. Spencer Norris got it on film, but I donít know if it made it in the video.
WBNW: Are you planning on riding with a knee brace in the future?
CC: I will ride with a brace for as long as I need to. I definitely donít want to re-injure myself.†
WBNW: Your growth as a rider has been pretty evident for anyone that has been around you enough over the past†three years.† Does an injury/setback like this make you more motivated to continue that growth or does it intimidate you at all as you anticipate getting back on a board?
CC: When I injured my knee it wasnít like I was doing anything crazy or trying to learn a new trick. If that was the case though, I think that I might be a little apprehensive to try that certain trick again. So no…this injury has really motivated me to get back on the water and start pushing myself to become a better wakeboarder. I really want to go to Florida this spring and train for the 2008 season.
WBNW: Shout outs…thank yous…?
CC: Thomas Olson for carrying me to the car when it happened, Mom and Dad for taking good care of me, all my friends who took the time to come and hang out with me when I was stuck on the couch, Dr. Champoux for fixing me up real good, Wakeboard Northwest for giving me some love when I am down, all my sponsors, Bakes Board and Ski, Malibu Boats, Pita Pit, Ten-80, OíBrien, Samson, Arnette, the Donagan family, and both Jared Eygabroad and Spencer Norris for putting me in their videos.
WBNW: Any extra thoughts, input, etc?
CC: Go hangout with friends that are sick or stuck on the couch, it means a lot to them and it gets really boring doing nothing all day.
WBNW: Thanks Chris.† Get better and get back on the water.† Looking forward to seeing you progress even more.† Keep rocking that signature Northwest style.