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Kite Surfer Breaks Record ... then His Wrist

11/12/2010 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

An attempt to break the world sailing record went wonderfully right -- and horribly wrong -- at the same time last month -- when one brave SOB ended up shattering the old mark ... and then his wrist.

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Kite surfer Rob Douglas -- the CEO of The Black Dog clothing company -- made his record-breaking run at the Luderitz Speed Challenge in South Africa on October 28 ... hitting speeds of almost 65 MPH. On a SURF BOARD.

At the end of Douglas' incredible run ... dude wiped out HARD ... and was dragged across the water like a rag doll.

We're told Douglas broke his wrist so badly it required "major surgery" -- involving titanium parts. 

Small price to pay for a world record.


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awards    

Broken wrists really suck! Hope he has a great surgeon and recovers quickly.

1377 days ago
2.

Jackie    

That sucks!....I wish him a quick recovery

1377 days ago
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RJ Hunt    

That dude was hauling azz...Hope he gets well soon...

1377 days ago
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Carvey    

Better his wrist than his spine.

1377 days ago
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kickaboo    

ouch.

1377 days ago
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Hertha    

I need to correct you, it was not in South Africa but in Namibia. Get facts right please!!!

1377 days ago
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me    

Wow....can't believe he only broke his wrist!

1377 days ago
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me    

Wow....I'm shocked he only broke his wrist....that must have hurt! He was certainly moving before it happened.

1377 days ago
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MIKE UNSTINGZ    


AWESOME DUDE. AN AMERICAN HERO.. THE FRENCH HAVE HELD THE OUTRIGHT SPEED RECORD FOR YEARS. WAY TO GO HOT SHOT. SORRY YOUR WRIST GOT BUSTED UP, THOSE AFRICAN WINDS ARE SOME OF THE FIERDEST ON THE PLANET, NO DOUBT THAT'S WHY THE EVENT WAS THERE AS WELL AS MIDDLE GROUND FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. WAY TO GO U.S.A. ROB DOUGLAS AMERICA AND ALL THE FANS OF TMZ SALUTE YOU.

1377 days ago
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MIKE UNSTINGZ    

GOD BLESS AMERICA, ROB DOUGLAS AND "I'M A LAWYER" HARVEY LEVIN.
U.S.A WORLD RECORD HOLDERS, AMERICA RULES WHILE THE FRENCH DROOL.
THIS DUDE LOOKS LIKE HE COULD GIVE CHUCK NORRIS A RUN FOR HIS MONEY..

1377 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

Impressive!...until he wiped out. Then again, it WAS an impressive wipeout.

1377 days ago
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Bob    

I'd be willing to bet he is an Obamazombie....

1375 days ago
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gohard    

nahhh u dont need ferocious winds... u need steady 20 with a big ass kite... DUDE KILLED IT!!!!

1362 days ago

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