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Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:46 pm

Hi guys, it feels great to reply to this myself I'm still in what they call 'recovery' (resting at home) but I feel good breathing great just not as fit as I was.

Thanks for the nice messages, as for what happened "the double megaloop" theory was just a figure of my imagination after spending so long on drugs at the hospital.

Plenty of variables resulted in that crash, the main one is that I never came out of backwards on which is like a cat not landing on it's feet. I also threw the loop whilst backwards on which is unusual. The kite stalled as I was backwards on and continued to steer it past 360 degrees. I also feel a got a bit unlucky with maybe a lul and also the landing, I swear I've taken bigger ones then this. Great reactions from the other kitesurfers around me I have embraced them properly. My parents came out which was nice and my partner and her family have been incredible. Back on the 15th of March Lew
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Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:14 pm

Great to know you are well Lewis, all the the very best.
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Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:10 pm

Well done Lewis. Heart of a lion.
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Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:35 pm

so gald to hear this you are one of the sports true ambassadors.
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Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:00 am

Latest update from Lewis

February Update...

"Quite some update for you this time from the most moving month of my life. February 2016 won't be a month I forget in a hurry. My latest news..."

Recovering from Induced Coma

Wow I can't believe I've even just written that title! The image you see above is the last thing I really remember before I crashed out of the sky and knocked myself out in the semi finals of the 2016 RedBull King of The Air. What followed has been a very moving last three and a half weeks for me, my family, partner and a lot of others. Two Kitesurfers and friends, Reno Romeu from Brazil & Andries Fourie from South Africa rescued me from the ocean where I was transported to hospital and placed in an induced coma for 6 days.

Here you can see just after they woke me up. My parents had flown out from the UK to be there and my partner and her family were incredible. I have been overwhelmed by the support from the public and kitesurfing community around the world and I am relieved to say I have been released from Hospital where I am continuing my recovery.

I'm very positive about what's happened to me and I feel it happened to me for a reason. In time to come I hope I can inspire more people with my story whilst also looking to further educate kitesurfers on ways we can look after each better.

It's very unlike me to ask for help but a fundraiser has been set up to aid my recovery process so I can return to my professional level. Any support would go along way and is much appreciated. Again I want to thank everyone from the lifeguards on the beach to the nurses and doctors at the hospital, sponsors, my family, & my partners family, my partner, friends and anybody that's shown me so much love and support :)
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