After a week of training at the always beautiful LAAX. Jeremy, Thijs and I flew over to Turkey for the Youth World Championships. Nobody of us has ever bin to this country. We first flew to Istanbul to get our flight to Erzurum. When we landed at Erzurum airport it was al white. Never imagined to go snowboarding there, but there definitly was snow. We got transported by a van to our hotel. It apeard to be the worst hotel of them all. The rooms were good though. But the food was bad especially at breakfast. We had the first day off to chill a little bit and to take a look on the mountain. There was nog that much snow but still enough to have a decent pipe. The next day we got our first training day. The pipe was short and there where a lot of bumps which sucked. They were trying to get the pipe in perfect shape that evening for the next day. That day I had a good training and I was happy about everything. The day of competion went well but it was not good enough for the semi’s. The day after we watched the final and it was pretty intens. Seeing young guns doing back to back 10’s, crazy.
So it was all or nothing on the Slopestyle. Kickers were sketchy with speed and landings. Rail section was fun. Alot of people were falling pretty hard the first day. They build a kicker you see in the picture on the left. If you jumped that you will be dead. So sketchy. Luckely the made one wide kicker from the right smaller kicker which was still pretty big. Competion day was going pretty good until the last training run. Jeremy landed on his back on the first kicker a few runs earlier. My run was going as planned Bs 7 on the first kicker and Fs 9 on the second kicker that’s were it turned really bad for me. I thought I had the good speed and rotation for the Fs 9, and when I was in the air I saw I was going a little further than planned. I thought I will still stomp this one. But when I landed I felt a real bad pain in my right knee. I felt down and I couldn’t get up for 2 min. I walked away with a lot of pain. I realised that there was something really wrong in my knee. So I couldn’t start the comp. Next day I would fly to Prague for a World cup in Spinderluv mlyn. I had so much pain, my trainer rebooked my flight to Amsterdam together with Jeremy. I went to the doctor straight away the next day. He said there were some tears in my ACL. SUCKS! The monday went to the doctor I went to ViaSana in Mill to check it with a specialist. 1 Hour later I was already undergoing an MRI scan. They concluded I needed a new ACL. A week after visiting ViaSana I had my surgery. Everything except my ACL looked perfect. I will be recovering for 9 months, and I hope to be back on the snow after that as soon as possible.
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