This is the dark side of the sport. Watching surf videos, we all wonder how the hell these guys survive surfing such powerful, gigantic waves. What happens when they wipe out and the wave eats them?
This is what you never see.
This is what happened to the fearless guys who were eaten and spit out by some of the strongest forces of nature on the planet in 2014.
They save the freakiest wave ever surfed for last, make sure you watch to the end, or skip to 7:30.
“It’s like a building falling on your head.” (Screenshot)
“I was sliding on my back and had a ton of time to get a decent breath in…before it hit me.” (Screenshot)
“It just felt like every joint in my body was being pulled out of socket. Ah, it was brutal. ” (Screenshot)
Jamie Mitchell at Belharra, Australia said this was “one” of the worst wipeouts of his life. OK… (Screenshot)
James Holmer-Cross is already off his board and about to free-fall into the crushing jaws of this monster, at 6:25 on the video. He had “that feeling of leaving my own body, just letting go.” Screenshot)
The worst wipeout, saved to the end! Look closely, you see a huge dip forming in the giant barrel, and a new wave forming. You have to see the footage. (Screenshot)
Credit to Surfline for the footage.