Pro Kite Racer Gunnar Biniasch (Flysurfer) talked in an interview about his injury and his way back to competitions. He's one of the favorite racers at the MINI Kitesurf Worldcup Sylt in 2 weeks (26th of June - 1st of July).
Gunnar started experimenting with kiting on the water back in 1999 and he quickly got addicted to this sport. He is the German Race Champion and hopes to keep his title for as long as possible, and to be one day world champion and to ride in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
How are you? Are you optimistic about the future and your riding?
I am feeling great now. After suffering with sciatica for 6 months it feel great to be pain free again. Now that I am back training on the Water I feel very optimistic about my future.
How did you get injured? And what was injured?
I am only guessing, but this is how I think it happened. I was testing kites back in November and I landed a very powered Blind Judge very fast and hard. The next day I woke up with sciatica in my left leg. I have always had bad posture (Kyphosis lordosis) so my lumbar has always been a bit weak.
What motivates you to work hard at a full recovery?
I have lots of motivations this year. First is that I have a daughter on the way and I want to be healthy for her.
Do you think your back problems will effect your riding in any way?
I have pretty much given up on the idea of doing unhooked stuff anymore. I have no more fluid in the disc they operated on, so i don't want to risk hard landings anymore.
What are your plans for 2012 now?