A few days ago, I was in the Whistler back country filming with @johnjamun , @camfitzpatrick , @marktremblay , @getsalano , and Justin Hostynek when I was unfortunately caught in a pretty big avalanche. I was standing at the top of a ridge with Cam when the cornice broke under me and pulled me backwards into a slide. It took me through about 1000 feet and over several rock bands before I ended up at the bottom, buried with no oxygen for almost 5 minutes. Luckily for me, I was with some of the most experienced people in the world when it comes to back country safety and without them I wouldn’t be here today so thank you all! I tore my pancreas, knocked out 5 teeth, got a "periorbital hemotoma (basically closed up my right eye) and fractured my L2 L3 and my T12 vertebrae. Initially, I didn't know what to expect because we didn't know how serious my spine and pancreas injuries were. Last night, we got some final results from the doctors and somehow by the grace of God I don't need any surgery and I get to leave here in the next few days since there was no spine or nerve damage. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the love I’ve been shown the last few days. I especially want to thank our pilot, Justin, John, Cam, Mark and Shin for saving my life. I love snowboarding more today than I ever have and I can’t wait to get back on my board and shred with everyone again!
Brock Crouch is lucky to be alive. The pro snowboarder/surfer experienced a fall that would likely have killed or severely injured most– but instead, Crouch will get to walk away from the ordeal without one visit to the operating room.
In the touching Instagram post above, Crouch says he owes his life to the experienced backcountry partners as well as pilot that were in the mountains with him at the time of the accident.
“I love snowboarding more today than I ever have and I can’t wait to get back on my board and shred with everyone again!” – Brock Crouch
The pro riders included Cam Fitzpatrick, John Jackson, Mark Tremblay, and Shin Campos. John and Mark also retold their side of the story via their own instagram posts.
Brock’s injury rap sheet:
- Fractured L2, L3, and T12 vertebraes
- Torn Pancreas
- 5 lost teeth
- Periorbital hematoma
Find their posts below:
I took a short break from social media since the incident we had last Sunday Heliboardin wt/ @absinthefilms . @brockcrouch a Snow/Surf ripper #extreme18 triggered a cornice that took him for a 1000ft ride down backwards into some rocks/cliffs breaking his back in 3 different places, his teeth, and lacerated his pancreas on the way down ,then ended up buried for 5 min. Those 5 min felt infinite. I was picturing myself buried the whole time and felt sick to my stomach, trying to calculate options on where he could’ve been buried… up at the top in a trap, half way down at the bottom ???. It was by far the scariest situation I’ve ever experienced out in the Backcountry. I feel very lucky that the whole crew reacted like superhumans and we were able to save Brock’s life in time 🙏. #Brockisalegend
Can’t explain how happy I am to see this guy! @brockcrouch you are a soldier! I was riding with Brock two days ago when he took a nasty ride in an avalanche down multiple rock bands due to a cornice failure resulting in him being buried for about 4 or 5 minutes. Crazy how a situation like this can surprise you so quickly. I’m so glad the whole crew performed a rockstar rescue and Brock is strong enough to handle what he went down. Especially thankful for our pilot Josh, who didn’t waste a second in the situation. I was so impressed with this kids talent while we were riding all morning and know he will come back with a fury to continue getting after it. Love you bud, and massive prayers for that body to heal quickly! #extreme18 will be back! Although might have to change the m.o. to #nasty19 👊 #toughasnails