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Two days ago, during a morning surf at Burleigh Point, Wes Berg broke his neck. “This morning, I [sic] surfer Pumping Burleigh Point and went headfirst into the shallow sandbank, breaking by C4 and C5,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m extremely lucky and have feeling in my arms and legs and movement and mobility.”

Berg plays an integral role in a few world tour surfers’ fitness levels. An accomplished Ironman himself, he developed a training regime for Joel Parkinson, which they then turned into an app called Pro Surf Training.

Berg remains optimistic. “Long road to recovery,” he wrote. “In this collar for a couple of months with restricted movement, but not near as bad as some.”

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Berg fell on his second wave of the morning. Berg said he “heard a crack and momentarily lost feeling to his left side,” but managed to make his way to shore and then drive himself to Robina Hospital. “I was just fortunate that I could sneak around the surf back to the sand and I got feeling back after about a minute and a half,” he said to the Gold Coast Bulletin from his hospital bed. “It was pretty traumatic at the time for me, being in the water and not being in control. I came up and didn’t have any movement in my left side of my body.”

An outpouring of love and support for Berg prompted him to write a thank you note. “I can’t express enough how grateful and overwhelmed I am by all the kind messages, calls and people sharing their experiences of common injuries,” he wrote. “Thank you very much. Means a lot. I feel all the positive vibes from everyone and realise how lucky and fortunate I am to be able to walk and move. The road to recovery begins. Thank you.”

Berg in the hospital after breaking his neck. Photo: GCB

Berg in the hospital after breaking his neck. Photo: GCB




  • David Martin

    Berg’s behavior reminds me of a long-ago colleague, a biologist who was trapping turtle along Florida’s Oklawaha River. He was attacked by a big alligator, fended it off, took his boat back to the ramp, put the boat on its trailer, and rather than go to the nearest emergency room, drove back to the lab in Gainesville. He was clearly in shock. He later moved to Wyoming.

    I suffered a neck injury with no damage to the much-worn vertebrae a couple of years ago, but the subsequent trapezius muscle spasms were a big nuisance. Best wishes to Berg with his serious injury.

  • tum kritcher

    good luck- take your time in recovery..don’t rush your body..it will heal.

  • Carlouco Loko

    FIVE YEARS AGO, fractured COLUMN LUMBAR L2, DIAGNOSTIC likely palsy. I have 8 BOLTS. PAST 5 MONTHS AND CAME BACK THE SURF. Good recovery.

    IAM FROMBRAZIL

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