On March 18th, 2009, Comet team rider Kawika Omoto set out to the Colorado hills looking for another great downhill session with friends. The tragedy that unfolded shook the Colorado community, everyone here at Comet, and riders from all over who caught the bad news. Equally shocking was Kawika's heroic return, which seemed to us from afar to be as sudden as the original accident. I recall saying, "What do you mean Kawika came in fourth? Isn't he in the hospital?!"