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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Dane Searls critically injured in accident

Giants of Dirt creator Dane Searls was critically injured in a non-BMX accident on Sunday night.

Australian dirt rider Dane Searls, the mastermind behind the Unit Clothing 'Giants of Dirt' long range dirt jumping project, is in critical condition in Australia's Gold Coast Hospital after he apparently tried to jump into a swimming pool at Surfers Paradise night club Billy's Beach House on Sunday night, according to Australian newspaper The Courier Mail.

Searls' sponsor, Unit Clothing, confirmed that he had been "badly hurt in a non-riding accident," adding that Searls, 23, needed "everyone's positive energy, prayers and strength right now" in a company statement.

Unit Clothing team manager Ryan Guettler added via Twitter that, "Dane Searls is a champion but right now he needs everyone's thoughts going his way to get him out of this coma."

Reports of Searls' coma are unconfirmed.

Searls rose to worldwide BMX notoriety after creating the 'Giants of Dirt' dirt jump course alongside sponsor Unit Clothing in 2010. The project, a series of dirt jumps that rivaled the biggest dirt jumps in the world, created a mild viral sensation on YouTube and catapulted Searls into the worldwide BMX spotlight. On Searls' last attempt at riding the jumps in November 2010, he snapped his bike in half. He had planned to return to the course in the days after breaking his bike, but was unable to because of flooding throughout the Gold Coast area.

We will update this story as it develops.