‘I got annihilated:’ Surfer survives terrifying wipeout

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TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti — We’re still not sure how surfer Niccolo Porcella survived this scary wipeout at Teahupo’o, in Tahiti.

Videographer Tim Pruvost captured the 27-year-old Porcella dropping down the face of a gigantic wave before being sucked back up and slammed into the reef below on July 22. Porcella described the encounter to Surfing Life:

It was the most violent thing – I got annihilated. I was bounced, pin-balled on the reef, the whole nine yards. Just up and over and up and over. It held me under pretty long. My life-vest got blown off right away, and then the second wave drilled me – I actually hit the bottom even harder. Hit my back, my knees, and then I got about four more waves on the head after that… washed over the reef…

Watch more of the action at Teahupo’o below:


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