After breaking both his tibia and fibula in perfect six foot Supers during a warm-up session ahead of the Billabong Pro, Royden Bryson is in high spirits and focused on the long road ahead to full recovery.
“I’m naturally disappointed I couldn’t have been in the event,” said Royden from the comfort of his couch while he watched the contest on his iPad.”But these things happen and it’s a part of surfing”.
Never one to dwell on the negative, the die-hard goofyfooter says he’s getting incredible support from his long-time girlfriend and friends, and says that the injury has given him time to reflect.
“It is a kind of blessing in disguise I guess, a chance to look at my surfing career from a removed point of perspective.”
Doctors have given Royden between six and nine months for a full recovery, during which time they will remove the large screws (as seen in the scans below) currently holding his leg together. After that there will be intensive physiotherapy that will be crucial for a full recovery. When asked what is next, Royden said he’ll be spending some time in East London with his mom and friends, followed by a return home to Cape Town.
Zigzag wishes Royden a speedy recovery, and we all look forward to seeing him in the barrel again soon.