California-Born Surfer and Snowboarder Brock Crouch Seriously Injured in Whistler Avalanche

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Brock Crouch, caught in a Whistler avalanche whilst filming. Credit: K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune

News outlets reported last week that up-and-coming snowboard star Brock Crouch had been seriously injured in a backcountry avalanche last month in Whistler, British Columbia while filming with Absinthe Films.

Whilst there hasn’t been much in the way of detail on what happened to the 18-year-old Californian boarder, an Instagram post from his older brother, professional golfer Mike Glennie, claims Crouch may be lucky just to be alive right now.

“Feeling extra grateful today,” Glennie captioned the above post. “For everyone wondering what happened, Mother Nature turned on one of my best friends yesterday. Brock was in the Canadian backcountry living life to the fullest when an avalanche had other plans. He was pulled off an 80ft cliff and upon landing, buried for 5 minutes before help got to him. He broke his back (T12-L1-L2) lost some teeth, busted up his face, then was buried alive. I know you stared death in the face yesterday brother but you also lived to talk about it.”

Pro snowboarder John Jackson was also involved in the filming with Crouch apparently played an integral part in the avalanche rescue operation.

Speedy recovery young legend, glad you’re alright. @brockcrouch #AirAwareness #Skrrrrrt

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Red Bull sponsored Brock Crouch is naturally talented and excels at both surfing and snowboarding. He’s surfed on the ISA junior team and is also a regular on snowboarding’s World Cup circuit.

We will update with more information as it becomes available, but in the meantime wish Brock a speedy recovery.

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