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Brittany Parker was flown to a Denver Hospital with significant injuries earlier today. Photo: GoFundMe


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Brittany Parker, a river paddling and surf athlete who is often considered a pioneer in the sport of river SUP, was seriously injured this morning when she was using an industrial air compressor to inflate a board. Few details are known at this time, but apparently, the board was over-inflated, and a powerful blast of air came off the valve, throwing her backward the same way an explosive device would. Parker suffered a concussion and blacked out when she hit her head falling back against the ground. According to a GoFundMe page set up to help her pay for expenses, she has air in her skull and brain hemorrhaging.

“She has what’s called a blast injury,” Mike Harvey, co-owner of Badfish SUP, where Parker works as a social media marketing director, told us. “It was kind of like being in the radius of a bomb. The force of air shot back at her, went into her nose and up into her skull. We’re all kind of trying to piece together what happened.”

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Harvey says that no one actually witnessed the blast and Parker has no recollection of the accident. The incident happened in Buena Vista, Colorado, and she was taken to a Salida, Colorado hospital and then flown to Denver where further tests are being conducted.

Parker, who also broke her arm, is a regular on the river SUP racing tour, a popular paddling instructor and a talented river surfer. In 2015, along with fellow paddler Heather Jackson, Parker released the film Can I Surf That (below), an inspirational look at river surfing and paddling.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Parker with medical costs.

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