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Local pro snowboarder in critical condition in Spain

Nate Peterson
Special to the DailyFriends and family ask for prayers and positive thoughts for Josh Malay, who suffered a head injury while snowboarding in Spain.

Local pro snowboarder Josh Malay, 23, of Avon is in critical condition in Spain after suffering a head injury while riding in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Complete details of the accident haven’t been made public.

“All I know is that he was in Spain with Transworld Snowboarding and he has a head injury,” said Trish Fowler who owns the Other Side Snowboard Shop which sponsors Malay. “He went into surgery, and for all I know he may be out of it now. We are just waiting to hear back.”

Locals close to Malay were still waiting for news Friday.

“The Other Side Snowboard Shop asks that you send out positive thoughts and prayers for Josh Malay. He is in need of support from the community at this time,” said Fowler. Other Side Snowboard Shop sponsors the team Malay rides for.

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Girlfriend Lindsay Aldridge, who also works for The Other Side, was on her way to Spain Friday, along with Malay’s mother, Pat, of Prior Lake, Minn.

Malay moved to Avon six years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a professional snowboarder. He graduated a semester early from Prior Lake High School before heading to Colorado.

Along with corporate backing from The Other Side, Malay also rides for Oakley, Nixon, Santa Cruz, Vail and grenade. Malay referred to his sponsors and teammates as “his family,” during a recent interview with the Vail Daily.

Malay’s Other Side teammates were shaken by the news of their friend’s injury, but remained optimistic about a full recovery.

“He’ll be back,” Ricky Rodriguez said. “He’s the only one I know who could go through all of this and make it back.”

Malay was riding in Spain for a story that would appear in Transworld Snowboarding. He had left Avon Tuesday.

Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555 ext. 608 or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.com

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