James writes that he's very positive about a full recovery.
"I have been getting lots of mail from people that have had way worse damage to their backs than me and that have came back stronger than before their accident. Carlos Burle sent me a message about the back injuries he got at Pipeline and Jaws and judging by his performance over the last year I am very excited about getting back to where I was.
"The docs say that it takes around six weeks for the bone to grow together and bond properly -- bed time. After the bone has bonded it needs another six weeks to get strong and get rid of all the excess material that got deposited during the first six weeks.
"During this period I will focus on getting up and walking around again, stretching, swimming and light muscle building. At three months the bone should be as good as new, then I will start with more focused and intense training to get my body back to where it was before the accident. Lots of paddling, swimming, yoga and surfing, starting in waves of minimal consequence and building my way up for the Northern Hemisphere season at the end of the year. According to the doctors and most of the people that have had similar injuries it takes around six months from when the accident happened till full recovery."