Well if you were the best you'd never fall and get hurt, so, no?
All I know is, after taking a cannon rail to the gucci plateau and tearing my acl, I generally stay the fuck away from cannon rails now. That's not true. Sometimes I hit them, but they're still evil.
Others, being out for a few months makes you want it more. I didn't miss any skiing, just a lot of warm weather surfing.