You might remember Niccolo Porcella as the guy who had the most epic wipeout of 2015 at Teahupoo. Well, he wanted to start 2016 off right and get another terrifying wipeout at another famed big wave spot—if you don't believe us on that just watch the first 20-seconds of Porcella talking and you'll understand what we mean.
Anyways, this one was while he was kitesurfing at Jaws and when he realizes he's not going to make it he decides to bail and tries to jump over the wave. Bad idea. But Porcella is definitely a guy who enjoys the rush.
Niccolo Porcella paid dearly for this Network A Award. It's typically an accepted risk that if you're going to surf Teahupoo in Tahiti, you're going to be leaving some skin on the reef at some point. Porcella left some skin on the reef and then some in what may have been one of the worst wipeouts in the digital age. Miraculously, he was alright after this.
Tom Lowe enjoyed his first big wave session at Nazare in Portugal the other day, and he somehow walked away unscathed after being taken out by a jet ski. As you can see in the video, Lowe avoids the jet ski initially. But the ski gets taken out by the whitewater and eventually chases Lowe down. As Lowe tells, it basically ran him over and took out his legs.
Lowe was left without a scratch, but the same can't be said of his board...
Consider this an early Christmas present (for you, not for these surfers). History was made at the famed big wave spot Jaws (aka Pe'ahi) off the island of Maui earlier this December when they held the first-ever Pe'ahi Challenge. The first paddle-in surf contest at the treacherous Jaws, it certainly lived up to the hype. And when waves were pushing 60-foot, well you know there was bound to be a wipeouts compilation at some point.
On Sunday, December 6, 2015 history was made at Jaws (also known as Pe'ahi) on the Island of Maui. The first-ever paddle-in surf contest was held at Jaws in 40-60-foot faces for the first Pe'ahi Challenge. For many years Jaws was strictly a tow-in wave, but that's been changing over the last couple of winters.
With his victory, big wave charger Billy Kemper forever ties himself to Jaws and his uncanny ability to be in-tune with everything the spot can dish out. It was a historic day at Jaws that'll go day in big wave infamy. Check out some of the highlights below.
Matt Pagan had the unfortunate luck to be bottom turning right where this guy performed his very first duck dive. Hopefully Matt's face is OK...
The ride of a lifetime and the wipeout of a lifetime
It's never a good thing when someone snakes you. But when they immediately kick out, things usually go alright. Except for this unknown surfer, who had the misfortune of taking the snake's surfboard straight to the face trying to do his first turn. Apparently he wasn't injured, but this is never what you want to happen.