Hawaiian Kelia Moniz has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Jeep World Longboarding Championship after injuring her face during a recent boat trip in the Maldives
Kelia is out of the water and unable to compete after slipping on the boat’s deck in heavy rain.
“A bunch of us were hanging on the back deck, it was pouring rain and the deck was pretty slippery, I got really unlucky and slipped straight on my face,” said Kelia. “I knocked out a couple of my teeth and busted my lip in half. I wish the story behind it was little more interesting but no, I just slipped.”
Kelia was told by medical staff that not only surfing, but also competing at this year’s event would not be an option.
“The bone in my gum broke pretty badly, so the doctors have been stressing to me that staying away from any sports from he next two months is important if I want a normal smile again. They say about six-to-eight weeks for my bone to heal properly, but my lip is almost fully healed, and as for teeth, it’ll be about eight months.”
“I really look forward to [this event] and of course having that little battle with Chelsea Williams for the past four years, I’m sad I’m missing the fun this year.”
You can catch all the action of this year’s contest which is being webcast live at worldsurfleague.com.
The Jeep World Longboard Championships hosted by Wanning will run from December 5 – 12. Visit worldsurfleague.com for more information and for the live webcast.