At the X Games Skateboard Big Air competition in Los Angeles, Brown was in the lead heading into his fifth and final run when he lost control during his second trick, sailed out away from the ramp’s platform and plunged about 40 feet onto his heels and then tailbone. He amazed thousands of fans by getting up and walking away. He bruised his lung and liver, broke a wrist and a vertebra, and had his sneakers knocked off.
Brown said watching the video isn’t painful for him. “I can actually learn from it,” he said.