“The former surfer was left screaming in agony…”
Ain’t no intro’s necessary for former world number 24, the Australian big-waver and 2001 Eddie Aikau winner Ross Clarke-Jones.
(Jamie Brisick summarises his career thus, “His wipeouts are right up there with Evel Kneivel’s.)
Last year, Ross appeared on Australian Survivor, a worldwide reality television franchise where a group of celebs are dumped on an island and compete in various survival challenges to avoid elimination etc.
Last person standing wins.
Ross, who was cast as “Mad Dog”, broke his ankle in a rope-swing challenge gone wrong.
In a shocking moment during last night’s episode of Australian Survivor, contestant Ross Clarke-Jones was horrifically injured after a rope he was swinging on broke.
The big wave surfer was sent hurtling towards the edge of a wooden deck, causing him to hit his leg and snap his ankle.
While his tribemates made it across, the rope broke during Ross’s swing, sending him plummeting to the ground below.
The 53-year-old could be seen laying on the floor after his fall as a medical team rushed on set.
“The rope just broke!” Ross cried out in pain as the medics treated him.
The medical team deemed the injury serious and could be heard saying:
“The injury is serious enough that we need to take him off.”
Not wanting to leave the show so soon, the contestant insisted that he was fine.
“I’m good I’m good. Just stretched something,” Ross adamantly said.
“I’ve been to a couple of physio appointments, I’ve had an operation. It’s a long road ahead still, I won’t be surfing for another four to six months. This is the hardest thing to do, surfing is my livelihood so I can’t do anything, it’s horrible,” he told TV Week
Now, Ross is seeing hell out of Endemol Shine Australia, the production company that produces Australian Survivor.
Ross, named as Howard Ross Clarke-Jones in court documents, is chasing damages for loss of past and present earnings, depression, anxiety, medical expenses etc.
“At the date of injury, the plaintiff was a professional big-wave surfer with sponsorship arrangements, including with Red Bull and Quiksilver…The plaintiff is and has been since his injury totally incapacitated for his previous employment and claims past loss of earning and future loss of earnings.”
Ross, who was paid twenty-five thousand dollars to appear in the series which featured a half-a-million dollar first prize, said, “I haven’t felt pain like that.
More as this unfurls, although legal matters do proceed at a glacial pace.