Couch Freaks 2011. After doing an awesome head down coach jump with Kiwi Hamilton, one of SkyVenture CO guys, had a normal deployment. It was windy and turbulent. Guessing wind was probably 15 mph or so, and bumpy. Just like EVERY Couch Freaks seems to be. Coming in for landing I opted for my normal set up and approach which was finishing with a 90 degree front riser turn. I am just a baby swooper lol. BTW canopy was a Samurai 136 at or around 1.45 or so. I went to deep brakes, hit my initiation window, and started on double fronts to get her diving like I always do. After maybe a couple of seconds I hit a bump. I am guessing it was turbulance, or a fucking air gremlin, I don't know, but that is when the risers tried to rip out of my hands. Of course, my reaction was to not let that happen as I was mid-dive about to start the turn, so I pulled down a little harder to fight it. That is when I felt it. A little twinge in my left shoulder. I finshed the turn and even got a decent swoop for the strong winds I was landing into. I felt a slight burning sensation runnin down my left deltoid. Now on a scale of 1 to 10 I would call the twinge and burning a 2. It really didn't seem bad. I was 32 years old, fuck it I just pulled or strained something. I will be fine. Well the past month or so I have been waking up at night with pain in my shoulder. It really hasn't bother me too much except that. I finally say fuck man it was a YEAR ago maybe I should go to the doc. Well now I am scheduled for SLAP tear surgery on October 30th. I tore my biceps tendon partly away from where it attachs to the labrum in the shoulder. I will be in a sling and off work for 6 weeks. I will not be able to skydive for at the LEAST 3 months, maybe up to 6. The bright news is at least I will be rehabing over the winter up here. I guess my winterly trip down to FL is in the crapper though.
Lesson to be learned. Hell, I guess if it is bumpy don't front riser? You can always swoop another day. I guess I shouldn't have resisted the pressure when I hit that bump. Maybe if I would have been further in my canopy progression on a smaller canopy with less riser pressure it wouldn't have tore. Of course then I would probably have been in over my head. Hell a year ago I KNOW I would have been. I don't know. Maybe some of the upper jumpers can lend their thoughts. It really sucks that I have to go through this shit. I have heard shoulder surgeries are HELL.
Anyway not even sure there is anything to learn here, but I figured I owe it to the community to see if there is.