Watch Billy Kemper surf now and you have to be reminded it wasn’t long ago his entire career and life were in the balance. It was just over two years ago, in fact, when Kemper took a terrifying spill in Morocco that made the entire surf world hold its breath.
“It was some of the best waves I’ve ever seen,” Kemper told The Inertia in 2021. “Points that I didn’t even know existed. With no one around. It was a dream, and on the last day of the trip when everything seemed to be a fairytale ending to the trip of a lifetime, a small mistake led to a fall in a really critical part of a wave that sent me straight into a rock and just completely destroyed the right side of my body, from my lungs to my pelvis, my quad and my whole knee – it put my life into perspective real quick.”
He is still exploring that newfound perspective.