Patricia Druwen Shares Injury Update After Crash Ahead of Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle Finals

Mar 28, 2024
by Sarah Moore  
Photos by @maddogboris


Patricia Druwen was determined to compete in the Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza last week as the women's field took to the Diamond Series slope course for the first time ever, despite battling illness all week. In the end, a crash to the head and an abdominal muscle injury meant that she was unable to compete.

bigquotesHi everyone,

As some of you might know, I unfortunately had to pull out of the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle contest spontaneously last weekend.

I was fighting a bad cold for basically the whole week, but I was still determined to compete. During the last training session on Saturday, I crashed heavily on my head and tore an abdominal muscle. I wasn’t even able to finish a top-to-bottom run in the McGazza train afterwards and had to pull over half way down the course.

It was super hard not to drop in the for first Crankworx women’s slopestyle contest ever, but given the circumstances we decided it would be best to sit this one out.

I will be focusing on my recovery now, starting with a visit at the Red Bull Athlete Performance Center next week. I am convinced to be back for the next Crankworx stop in Cairns at the end of May. See you all there!
Patricia Druwen


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18 Comments
  • 20 3
 Heal up. Looking forward to watching your successes to come.
  • 18 1
 She rides, she wins. Patricia is miles ahead of the next best.
  • 12 1
 Patricia is literally the best female slopestyle rider out there right now
  • 2 8
flag MrRight (Apr 1, 2024 at 6:07) (Below Threshold)
 She would have been if she’d chosen to compete. She chose to support the guys and now come out with a fake injury story.

Such a shame.
  • 2 1
 @MrRight: Why would she fake an injury for that? She would've just said she didnt compete in support of the mens field if she wanted to have it make an impact right?
  • 2 0
 @Merijn1: not if she then thought it would be bad optics
  • 8 1
 I just checked her IG, She's fucking dope
  • 5 1
 I can respect all this, this crash is a testament of how far she pushes herself. Safe runs are fine but we all know it takes a few crashes to get to the next level. Heal up and kick butt next time. Cheers
  • 5 2
 Innjuries happen, just part of the sport. You've got a long riding career ahead of you Patricia, focus on getting back to full strength. Looking forward to watching you compete in the future!
  • 3 3
 Hilarious to see this PR bullshit.

She was actively (angrily) telling other female riders to not compete as she wanted to show solidarity with the guys.

Poor form and entry to the sport PD.
  • 2 0
 Can confirm this.
  • 3 2
 Jup, she flew all the way to New Zealand to not compete in the very first female Slopestyle comp ever, without communicating it, to literally have zero impact. Then she crashed on purpose and now travels to a rehab center in a different country to cover it all up. You might be onto something big!
  • 1 0
 @ramonrazor: my source is one of the people in the room when she was telling the girls they should not compete, but sure downvote me.

They obviously told her they were still going to compete.
  • 1 0
 @ramonrazor: also all the guys flew there only to pull out? And seeing as the other girls did compete, maybe she didn’t want to look like the only one who didn’t want to be a part of the first ever WS. That would explain it?
  • 1 0
 @FairGoFalcon: The boys had to attend to be able to go on strike, to change "the old system" but obviously hoped to solve the matter on-site. The girls on the other hand did not even have a reason to do that, since they never rode a diamond comp before. So they didn't have anything to complain about. And even if your intel is correct, why would anyone still not drop in, after finding out that everyone else would compete and then come up with a (verifiable) injury story afterwards? It just does not make any scene. Especially not if you can be sure to take home the price money and be the first female winner in history? Big Grin
  • 3 3
 Healing vibes.
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