I’d almost rather get cut on the reef and get reef rash than have ‘Wana’ sea urchin stingers in my foot. I was surfing out at Kaiser’s a while back although I never go there normally. I went to meet a friend staying at the Hilton to let him try my stand up board but it was windy and choppy and he got frustrated. Since I was there, I decided to go surf at Kaiser’s.
It had to be only 2 waves into the session when I took off an a wave that was steeper and faster than I expected. After wiping out I pushed off the reef with my foot to get back on the board and felt the vanna stinger go through my toe. I thought it was just one stinger but when I pulled up my foot to take a look it was more like 10 of them sticking out of my toe, through the bootie, just like chopsticks sticking out of a bowl of rice.
It burned bad and I ended up moving to surf down at 3s after pulling out what I could get out with my fingers. When I got home I shot some pics. I tried digging out the stingers with a needle but that only got out some of it. It took weeks for the toe to heal but I was back in the water the next day.