Niccolo Porcella

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.

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