SAN CLEMENTE, California/USA (Tuesday, January 4, 2011) - Bronte’s Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 24, had a rocky road in 2010, suffering a torn ACL that sidelined the fiery goofy-footer for a chunk of last year’s ASP Women’s World Tour season. After a dedicated road to recovery, Miley-Dyer was back in fighting shape for the O’Neill Women’s World Cup, but was unable to solidify her position to requalify for next season’s Top 17. Fortunately, Miley-Dyer was awarded the wildcard slot for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour, giving her a chance at redemption now that she’s fully recovered. SURFER Magazine recently caught up with JMD to hear more about the injury and her wildcard application process. This… is their story…
After missing multiple events last season, it looked as though Sydney’s Jessi Miley-Dyer would be relegated to the Star series after five years on the World Tour. But just this week the ASP awarded Jessi the sought-after wildcard slot on the 2011 Women’s World Tour. We caught up with the 24-year-old to talk about her career-threatening injuries, going to law school, and treating her self-diagnosed “ADD problems.”
How did the ASP decide who would get the wildcard?
I got the wildcard because of my knee injury that I had in May of 2010. I tore my ACL and did the bone damage that is typical of a ligament rupture. I then had post-impact Hoffas Syndrome where my Hoffa pad (the shock absorber in your knee) was hanging out of my joint. It’s not called the injury wildcard anymore, so that you can apply after pregnancy and other such things. To get it I had to submit all my medical records to the ASP Medical Committee and they reviewed my injury. I think there were a few other girls who went for it, so I guess that they deemed my injury to be the most serious.
For the full interview check out SURFER Magazine.
For more on Miley-Dyer view her full ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE.