Its now been exactly 8 months since I had my ACL surgery. Before I broke my knee I thought that the rehab period was about 6 months as that was what I had heard, but I later learned that with an ACL patella graft you can usually take your first ski turns after that time, but a full recovery does take some more time. My physio has been super positive and said that my rehab has been great but its still taken me 8 months to get to where I am now. I feel like I am totally fine to ski and cruise around, but I feel like I still have some time before I can take a flat landing on a big jump after overshooting or coming up short.
The biggest part that I have left is to mentally feel like I am 100% and never doubt my knee, after an 8 months rehab period I think it will take some time to erase the doubts in my head. I do think that a surf trip is the best thing i could have done as when you have a wave coming up behind you its very easy to forget that you are coming out of rehab and just act like on normal instinct, and the more times you do something without thinking of your knee, the closer you will be to a full recovery. In a machine you can get strong but muscles are not worth anything if your head is not ready.
So far I have had zero problems with my knee and I have never once thought about it in the water so that gets me very pumped up to go skiing when I get back to Europe! But first I am going to try to get some more waves and repetition in my head!