Best wishes to Col. I hope he recovers fully, or at least so we see him on the water again.
How did this happen exactly?
Head injury or was the water an issue?
Good luck mate!
Provided Col gets back vision in one eye good enough to judge distance he will be back on the water I reckon, he may have to stop the 30+ footer jumps and stick with a bit less height and stay out of the waves, but I reckon he will be back.
He was kiting in waves, got caught by a set wave somehow and smacked into it, not sure of the exact details just yet, anyway when he surfaced he thought he had seaweed wrapped around his head, somehow he made it back to shore and had a mate check in his eyes. Apparently nothing looked wrong, they went to a hospital, and the doctors did not pick up on the detached retinas, but said to come back tomorrow when a specialist was in town, its the delay that cost him his eyesight most likely, damned unlucky!!
He was in a fairly remote area of Western Australia.
So the cause was more of a sudden change of direction of his head, caused by the mass of moving water in a big wave, combined with his speed moving towards the moving water.
He may have had a bit of a history of it, he was an active police officer for for a few decades??