Gwen Spurlock suffered a head injury on the machine
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 September, 2014 - Swansea's flagship leisure centre is taking action against the providers of an indoor surfing machine after a female surfing champion was hurt. A leisure centre operator has issued High Court proceedings against the providers of a surfing simulation machine which left a sportswoman with a serious head injury.
Bay Leisure, the not-for-profit organisation which runs Swansea’s £32m flaship leisure centre LC2, has moved to take action against the company behind the centre’s groundbreaking Boardrider surfing simulation machine.
High Court papers show Bay Leisure is seeking to recoup more than £250,000 it paid to Swansea-born surfing champion Gwen Spurlock in 2012 after she suffered a serious head injury while preparing to demonstrate the machine shortly before it was opened by the Queen back in 2008.
Miss Spurlock, now 22, a surfing professional who had been taking on the waves since the age of 10, tried out the indoor wave machine at the LC Centre for a series of publicity shots. But she suffered several falls onto surrounding hard surfaces during the shoot, each time getting back onto the simulation machine.
She suffered worsening headaches afterwards and five days later began to suffer double vision and then had a seizure. It led to her family taking her to Morriston Hospital in Swansea where she underwent a series of tests. In the operating theatre two holes the size of 10p pieces were drilled into her skull by surgeons to relieve pressure on her brain.