Get well Jesse - From all your Friends!

Aug 9, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
Today was one of the most painful days I’ve ever experienced. But here’s the catch…. It wasn’t me who was in pain.

Glen, Reece, Jesse and I were riding some trails out in K-country in the outback, basically in the middle of nowhere. We were having a blast hitting some new gaps and pinning some fresh dirt when we ran into a fairly large hip that was a bit technical to get speed for. Our whole gang practiced the run in for about half an hour, each of us trying to decide if it was worth the risk to hit this new hip gap.The lip itself was a bit poor compared to the quality of the other lips on this trail. I decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to hit the gap, but Jesse decided to Ginny pig the booter, and see how she goes. I figure the gap is about 20-25 feet across to where you land, and the lip/landing is around 5-6 feet from flat bottom – so it’s fairly big. Plus the lip was really steep, which meant that when you hit the gap you will be going very high! Sounds fun right??? Nope, not at all.

Jesse pinned it into the gap, it wasn’t a question of having enough speed, he was going to make the gap. But the lip popped him really high and funny, probably around 15 feet off of the ground at least. He over shot the landing by 10-15 feet, making a smooth run-out almost impossible. I think he made the right choice by ditching his bike in the air, but ultimately it would lead him into a world of pain. THUMP!!! “I’m broken everywhere!

Glen, Reece and I sprinted over to see that his ankle was twisted 90 degrees in the wrong direction, and that his arm had been basically flipped around with a bone sticking through the skin. His helmet visor was completely shut covering his face, but he immediately knew that his ankle and arm were harshly broken. We all assessed the situation and decided he needed an ambulance right away! After all, his glove was starting to act like a sponge for all the blood which was coming out of his arm – it was so gross. Reece even went as far as saying “I almost threw up when I saw his arm”.

I raced down to my Jetta in order to drive into town because none of us had cell phone reception in the middle of nowhere. About half way to town I noticed a pay phone on the side of the road, so I called 9-1-1, and they sent an ambulance right to the pay phone…talk about luck. I guided the ambulance and about 4 other EMS / Park ranger vehicles to the origin of the accident where Jesse lay. He had been laying there for more than an hour when help finally arrived. When I saw him next he had put his ankle back almost straight with the rest of his leg, but you could still tell it wasn’t supposed to look the way it did. The medics packed all his wounds up into “speed casts”, then strapped him down onto a portable stretcher, which later all of us carried out of the back country.

I’m broken everywhere!

One the medics gave him this pain medication…well he was loving life – cracking jokes, etc. So I would assume he wasn’t feeling too much pain at that point. After that, we got him into the ambulance at the bottom of the hill, where he was loaded up and sent to Foothills hospital to get the care he needed ASAP.

Through out this time I learned so much about how strong Jesse is as a person. He handled loads of pain all at one time. I know some people complain about a broken wrist, or a broken collar bone, but just imagine having that, except your bone is sticking out of your arm, and your leg is bent 90 degrees and pointing the wrong direction. Add in a ton of humidity, mosquitoes, and an hour of waiting for help… Jesse is a tough kid. Way to handle yourself dude, I know I would have been screaming my head off.

A big thanks to the EMS that helped Jesse out in his time of pain, with a fairly quick response time, and the fact that they put him as #1 priority for the day. A ton of people arrived on scene making light of such a poor situation to be in. Also a HUGE thanks to Reece who stood with Jesse the whole time making sure he was comfortable, swatting flies off his open wounds, and just in general being a wicked friend. Also Glen was running around coordinating everything between the EMS and Jesse before help had totally arrived. Together as a group we tried so hard to make sure Jesse was in the least amount of pain as possible, for the shortest time possible… Hopefully because of us his healing time will be shorter than if he somehow had stumbled out of the woods.

That’s how my afternoon went down, hopefully you guys had a fun time riding bikes… I know I did for a full run, and then half of the next one…

Healing vibes to Jesse – feel better buddy!

A quick video of the aftermath:




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33 Comments

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 Jesse, sorry about your luck man. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a good winter of physio. You'll be back rockin' it next year without a doubt. Stay positive, shit happens, it's part of the game. You'll come back stronger than before. nate
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 well thats a sweet story and vid o and g.w.s lots of healing vibs and what not man seriously lol he took it like a man and thats good to hear and when he cracked those jokes in the vid, lol funny. Anyways, i was reading this article cause my buddy's young bro was biking and split his leg in half and well he didnt pass out but man he was screaming so this article kinda brought back memories,......
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 hey broo hope everything heels up well.....i cant believe how well u handled that the pain must have been crazy.....i live in Ontario so there nothing really that big but props for givin er'......i myself have been braaped by a couple booters before aswell
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 Wow, that guy has quite a character. Serious injuries, waiting for an hour on the ambulance and *still* cracking jokes! Props man. With that mentality you'll be back on the bike a lot sooner! Smile Healing vibes.
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 Heal up bro..... A ton of healing vibes coming your way.... Great to see you composure in the video. You are one tough mo fo, great to have buddies like you have..... Get well...............
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 Get well soon man...crashing sucks...and I feel ur pain w/ the ankle, because a year and a half ago, I did the same thing. 90 degrees the other way!...lol. hope you have a fast recovery.
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 make sure u get better soon bro. in march my ankle was like yours. i'm back on my bike now, even if sentenced to 6mounths of nothing harder than a light allmountain
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 Jesse man, overshoot by 15 feet, you have to ride COP more and get better... hahahaha... Good luck with your recovery, I hope your nurse is hot, and wearing a mini skirt
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 Dam man. No way to know until you hit it. Smart ditching the bike. Props to you man. Mabey you'll hit it again one day. Best regards from the riders in london.
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 wow man ur a hero most people would have passed out with an injury like that , Heal fast man !!!!!!
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 HOLY shit man that was a bad injury. G.W.S. hope to see yeah ride before the end of the year!!!!
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 That's sick, I rode that trail today as well... guess your carnage happened after our run. Hope you're feeling better!
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 oops nvm I thought it was somewhere else...
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 holy shit, that guys a tough cookie, i would be screaming myy head off... lol.. get better soon.....
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 holly crap you got some balls man i would never ginny that gap serious props
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 straight gnar gnar...hope you get better...very funny video..and how well you handled it
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 good job mate... took it like a man
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 That made me feel slightly ill just reading about it.... Heal up quick!
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 get well soon. horns up.
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 That sounds like one gnarly crash! Get better soon!
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 crashes suck man. hope for a mach ten recovery.
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 gwt soon bro i hope u can still ride
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 heal up man! what did the wardens have to say about the booter out there?
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 Get well soon. I'll be sure to send some healing vibes your way!
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 damn, get better soon. Reading that story made my ankle feel weird...
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 omg jesse your a pinkbike star
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 yo jesse get better bro see ya wensday!
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 just heal you fag. were all going to vernon for sept 16. your coming
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 thats harsh man, get well... your arm look like it seriosly hurt!
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 Get better soon.
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 get better soon brother
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 get will bro
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 get well soon

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