WHOAAAAA: Surfer Gets ‘Annihilated’ By Massive Wave
The surfer formerly known as Niccolo Porchella -- currently known as a puddle of human-colored flotsam -- dipped the end of his board into the base of a 60-foot wave at Tahiti's iconic Teahupo’o big wave break. That's a no-no. It sent him tumbling into the wave, which instantly sucked him into the curl and threw him back down to Earth with a force no one should be able to survive. Teahupo'o, or Chopes as it's often referred to, is considered "the heaviest wave in the world." No joke.
Somehow, Porchella made it out in one piece, but only because God really wanted the world to hear his account of what it feels like to be eaten by a trillion gallons of seawater.
[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…"
"Manoa came over on the ski and his eyes were out of his head, saying that it was the heaviest wipeout he’d ever seen. I came up, spitted blood a couple of times, saw his reaction – then I just got this scream from deep inside me, just rhawghhhh! I felt the most alive and grateful that I WAS alive, I was so happy. I had a headache for two or three minutes, then went back out and waited about 20 minutes for another bomb."
Let this be a lesson to all your thrill seekers out there: don't ever make a mistake, ever. Never. YOU CAN NEVER MAKE A SINGLE MISTAKE OR YOU WILL BE SPITTING UP BLOOD. (If you're lucky.)
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