'I Haven't Felt Pain Like That': What You Didn't See After Ross' 'Devastating' Injury
Big wave surfer and sock enthusiast Ross Clarke-Jones has left 'Australian Survivor' 2019 prematurely after a "devastating" injury.
As the Champions and Contenders matched up for the last team immunity challenge before the merge, they were tasked with completing an obstacle course that involved stepping across upright logs, swinging across to a platform and completing a wooden puzzle.
"We had to do these stepping stone sort of logs and I found that quite difficult and I had a couple of goes at it and I finally got there," Ross told 10 daily.
"Then I had to swing like Tarzan from one platform to the other, which is probably the least extreme part of the challenge, probably from all the challenges," he added.
But it was to be the element that would send Ross home from the competition entirely, despite it looking relatively straightforward.
"And then, halfway through, the rope broke on me and I slammed into the platform I was meant to be going on. I couldn’t believe it, it was like slow motion for me," he explained.
"I felt the rope breaking in slo-mo it was kinda weird," said Ross.
Pia and Abbey were the first to realise Ross had been injured, calling for the challenge to be stopped as the medics rushed in to help.
"I screamed in pain, I haven’t felt pain like that, sort of anywhere," the big wave surfer told 10 daily.
"If you feel pain, it’s usually not that bad. Usually, the surfboard injuries I’ve had, when I get a fin in the leg or something and you can feel it, it’s not that bad. "
Ross was transported to a local Fijian hospital and knew as soon as he saw the X-rays that he'd have to leave 'Australian Survivor' well before he was due.
"I could feel that my body wasn’t right, I knew I couldn’t walk on it," he said.
Ross told 10 daily that he's still got "a long road ahead" as he attends physio for the injury and will probably "be out for four to six months".
He added that it was "a bummer" to leave the competition so prematurely, having formed alliances with multiple people -- without relying on lying or cheating his way through.
"I hadn’t even gotten started yet, I was just warming up. I had everyone where I wanted them to be. I could have gone either way. I had alliances with everyone," Ross told 10 daily.
Although this 'strategy' wasn't something that Ross had formulated from the beginning, explaining that, really, he had no idea how the stealthy game of 'Survivor' works.
"I had no strategy going in, at all. I was relying on my intuition, really. I had no 'Survivor' fan experience at all.
"Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into," he said.
He added that while he generally got on with everyone, the only person who rubbed him the wrong way was Nova, for her dominance in the camp kitchen and tough love when it came to rationing food.
"She was pushing my buttons from the start but she’s a brave woman to go up against me as well," he laughed.
"Her kitchen, I get it, but I’m not a kid!" Ross added.
"That was about it, but in the end [it's all] all fun and games!"