Worst Wipeouts :: Jake Brown
In the 2007 Summer X Games, Jake Brown had one of the nastiest falls ever caught on tape! Read about how it all went down...literally!
BackgroundJake Brown is a professional skateboarder from Australia. He is 33 years old and has been skating professionally for 11 years. In 2005, he was named "Best Vert Skater" by Transworld Skateboarding Magazine. In August 2007, Brown went to compete at the 2007 Summer X Games in Los Angeles.
The FallOn his fifth and final run, the Aussie skate star landed the first ever 720 on a mega ramp. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have very much time to celebrate it because just seconds later he lost control of his board in the air and fell 45 feet to the bottom of the ramp! That is the equivalent to falling off a four-story building! Although he was on the ground for a few minutes, miraculously, he was able to get back on his feet.
Head to Youtube to see the video!
In His Own WordsThis is what Jake told MTV.com about the infamous fall that got over two million hits on Youtube in the first 48 hours after the wipeout!
"I had plenty of time to think about what was going to happen as I was falling 45 feet. I knew I would be wrecked, but I tried to put myself in a situation where I would be as least wrecked as possible. I was like, 'You've got to take [the hit] to more than just one spot.' So I turned around my feet, back and then head to disperse the slam to more than one part. Luckily enough ... well, I still broke my arm, but it's not that bad."
The AftermathWhile he is more than fortunate to be alive, that doesn't mean Jake walked away scratch free. On top of having lung and liver contusions, he had a stress fracture in one of his vertebra and broke his arm. Jake stayed three nights in the hospital for observations and treatment. But all those injuries are minor, considering how nasty the fall looked. After the fall he was nicknamed "Unbreakable".