Pro surfer minces fingers in motorised foil accident
Carribean-born pro surfer, William Aliotti, is counting his Christmas blessings after learning he’ll keep the two fingers he mangled in a grizzly electric hydrofoil mishap.
Willy, who now lives in Hossegor, had been back home in Saint Martin riding the supercharged alt-water vehicle when he fell from his perch and had his digits chewed up by the propeller system.
Thankfully, doctors were able to stitch the mess back together and Willy had himself a fine tale to share with his pals.
“Good news !! I got to keep my fingers ... it’s going to take a fews weeks to heal.. the surgery went pretty well as you can see. This is pretty much a recap of what happened during this last 3 days and how I did it ... thank you for all the message, friends from Saint Martin and my queen @sdefrutos and mum to be there for me anytime #ibeback #fingerless #thankyou #electricfoil”
The rise in popularity of foiling has dramatically raised the stakes for riders and waterbound bystanders alike, with more and more inexperienced and reckless humans having a swing.
I’m yet to ride a non-powered hydrofoil, let alone one with a blender strapped to the bottom. I'm sure it’s a hoot, but without sounding overly geriatric, perhaps some additional regulation could be in order, starting with some mesh for that unprotected undercarriage?
Be safe out there crew.