Professional surfer Garrett McNamara calls his wipeout last Thursday off the coast of California one of the “craziest” wipeouts of his career.
McNamara’s wipeout on a 50-foot, El Nino-fueled wave at Mavericks, a popular surfing spot near Half Moon Bay, California, was captured on camera.
The 48-year-old world record holder for largest wave ever surfed (78 feet) can be seen in the video falling off his surfboard and hitting the water three times before being engulfed by the giant wave.
“I hit so hard, it was just like a big, bright light,” McNamara told ABC News. “It was definitely one of the craziest wipeouts I’ve ever had.”
Rescuers on jet skis raced to pull McNamara from the water and take him to safety.
McNamara broke his arm in the crash and is recovering after surgery.
Despite the treacherous wave, McNamara says he will be back on the water soon.
“Surfing is my life. It’s my passion,” McNamara said. “It’s what I love to do and I’ll never stop surfing.”
McNamara took to Facebook Saturday to pledge a comeback and thank everyone for their support.
"A million thank yous for everyone who has been sending positive vibes. Everything went well and is put back together and doctors expect a 110% recovery," McNamara posted, while also thanking his family and medical team. "Love you all and will see you in the water soon !!!"