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I haven't seen anything posted here for him yet so I wanted to post the link for those who know him and want to help support him and his family after his crash at Sea Otter this year.

https://www.gofundme.com/rm6zd-bubb...ium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnsharemore_r

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Bubba has always had love and passion for two things; his two daughters Kaylee and Peyton and extreme sports. While his daughters take up the majority of his time, he still found time for riding. Whether it was riding dirt bikes, quads or his most recent passion, mountain bikes. He found joy in downhill racing. He loves the competitiveness, the rush and simply being outdoors and active.

What he had planned for a fun weekend at the Sea Outter Classic in Monterey, CA turn out to be one that will change his life in so many ways. On April 11, 2019 he was coming down the hill for a practice run and unfortunately did not make it down. Bubba was brought down the hill and taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA. There it was discovered he had broke his spine in two places, broken ribs, shoulder, arm, hand, fingers and knee all on the right side. Once his parents arrived, they were informed he had no feeling from the waist down, leaving him paralyzed.
Link to his IG account. https://www.instagram.com/bubba.hustead/?hl=en
 

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To give you an idea of this guy's character I sent him a message via IG to let him know I was thinking of him and to stay strong. He replied back within minutes via a voice recording saying thank you and he really appreciated the message. I was left feeling gutted. Here's a guy who is currently paralyzed, lying in a hospital bed hooked up to every wire and tube imaginable yet he took the time to respond verbally because he can't type the message. I don't even know what else to say.
 

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Tragic, I wish him all the best in the future. He’s obviously a strong willed individual and will dig deep to find some positive in what now seems so negative.
 

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I would encourage him to look to Phil Smage as inspiration. He was diagnosed paralyzed after his crash in a sxs but is slowly working his way back. His Instagram has everything documented. @Smagical I think is what he goes by


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Tragic. You always hate to hear about these kinds of injuries and hope that it doesn't result in permanent disability.

When it does though, there are organizations such as this: highfivesfoundation.org

One of my son's best friends is a High Fives Athlete and they have done awesome things for him.

His story is here: https://highfivesfoundation.org/athlete/jeff-andrews/
 

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This hits close to home. My friend Mark Reynolds died on that course in a freak accident 11 years ago: https://ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/sad-news-from-sea-otter.200859/. I saw him at the top as he was in the class starting right after mine, and he said "Hey Jim! Have a good race, see you at the bottom!" And I never saw him again. That course isn't overly technical but it just goes to show you how quickly things can go bad. My heart goes out to Bubba and his family, best of luck in his recovery.
 

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"Surgery went well for Bubba. His girls were there when he got out. Kaylee suggested he shave the other side of his head so he can have a mohawk. He’s giving it thought. Bubba woke up this morning feeling better than he has. He is eating. Fingers crossed, if things continue to progress and go well, he will be moved to Kaiser South Sac over the weekend. We are anxiously awaiting him being closer to us."

Those kids on Easter, wow.

Heal well Bubba. Hopefully, each day gets better.
 

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"Surgery went well for Bubba. His girls were there when he got out. Kaylee suggested he shave the other side of his head so he can have a mohawk. He's giving it thought. Bubba woke up this morning feeling better than he has. He is eating. Fingers crossed, if things continue to progress and go well, he will be moved to Kaiser South Sac over the weekend. We are anxiously awaiting him being closer to us."

Those kids on Easter, wow.

Heal well Bubba. Hopefully, each day gets better.
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/video-they-said-andrew-cho-would-never-walk-again.html
 

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This hits close to home. My friend Mark Reynolds died on that course in a freak accident 11 years ago: https://ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/sad-news-from-sea-otter.200859/. I saw him at the top as he was in the class starting right after mine, and he said "Hey Jim! Have a good race, see you at the bottom!" And I never saw him again. That course isn't overly technical but it just goes to show you how quickly things can go bad. My heart goes out to Bubba and his family, best of luck in his recovery.
The thing @ Ord is, the wind can affect things on the course more than most people think. Down slope tailwinds in parts of that place can deceive people, or alter their entry speed, or move a bike around under a rider, especially if they're in the air. I know, I've been pushed a few feet off line descending during a few events out there.
 

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Noted, though it wasn't a factor in the incident I mentioned. Basically **** can go wrong really quick at DH speeds, and sometimes it's for no other reason than "**** happens". This is a sobering reminder of that.
 
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