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Alex Bloechinger needs your help!

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Early Morning on friday March 22nd Alex Bloechinger did what he has been doing for the last 24 years. He checked the forecast, gathered up some gear, called in his local squad of riding buddies and went out for a kiteboarding session in extreme conditions. As he began riding the waters of Tampa Bay he knew conditions had aligned to try something that to most would be unthinkable, he decided to try and jump a pier. This has been done before by kiteboarders in different places around the world and Alex has been a part of orchestrating and performing many different high consequence stunts in his years as an athlete. After a successful first attempt he tacked upwind to attempt the stunt a second time and conditions began to intensify. For an experienced rider such as Alex higher winds mean a greater chance to jump high and cover extreme distance making the feat more obtainable however during his take off a gust pulled him from the surface of the water prematurely and swung him into the object he intended to clear.

With the support of his friends he was pulled from the water after a very significant impact. First responders arrived at the scene within minutes and provided exceptional support in stabilizing him and getting him to the local trauma center where he will remain for some time. He is currently in stable but critical conditions and with some luck and support will have a long but viable road to recovery.

Alex first became a professional kiteboarder in the early 2000’s beginning a long and celebrated career with Slingshot Sports a premier kiteboarding and action sports manufacturer. Alex went on from being a team rider in the early days to a talented designer responsible for helping test, tune, and design some of the most successful kites in the industry. Alex has been integral in helping bring kiteboarding to the main stream and has long been someone behind the scenes helping other riders get more time on the water and learn to get the most out of their gear.

This past year Alex lost both his dad and his brother and then due to industry cutbacks his job as well. He decided to take a few months to get back to his passion of not just working in the sport of kiteboarding, but participating in it and pushing himself and his friends to higher heights. Stunts like what Alex intended to perform have known consequences and assumed risks but action sports athletes and human beings in general have a long history of pushing the boundaries of whats possible. Alex did not put himself in a position this day to hurt anyone or anything but due to variable’s beyond control he found the consequences himself.

Alex’s crash has gone viral and the overwhelming wishes of healing and health have been very warmly welcomed by both his family and friends who have been by his side through this past 24 hours as his vitals have stabilized.

Immediately what we know is Alex has suffered the following injuries and will take a significant amount of help from friends and the action sports community to ride again one day.

Broken Sacrum & Pelvis
Right Femur Fracture
Left Knee with Multi Ligament Damage
Fluids in his lungs have been removed twice over the past 24 hrs
Luckily doctors have stopped arterial bleeding in his right leg.

He is currently in a neck brace and at the moment it appears he has not suffered severe head trauma despite losing consciousness from the initial impacts.
He remains intubated with respiratory support while the doctors work to reduce the severe swelling throughout his body.

According to the doctors it is nothing short of a miracle that he is still with us and they have scheduled surgery for Monday morning to start piecing him back together.

Alex’s mother is currently by his side and after losing a husband and a son over the last 2 years we will be raising funds to help them with the extreme expenses and ongoing care that Alex will require over his long road to rehabilitation.

I can write with great certainty that Alex would not want this helping hand as he knew the consequences of his decisions and the risks that come with trying to push ones own limits. However as friends, fellow athletes, lovers of action sports, and family members we cannot allow him to fight this fight alone.

All proceeds of this go fund me will go immediately to helping Alex with his medical bills and surviving this fight. We will continuously update all of those following as information comes available.

Thank you for your support and prayers.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Matthew Sexton
Organizer
Marathon, FL
Alex Bloechinger
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