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Yesterday, we wrote about Josh Moniz and his unfortunate accident at Supertubos in Peniche, Portugal. During a freesurfing session, Josh was reportedly slammed into the sand after some unfortunate luck at the barreling beachbreak, one of Portugal’s finest. He was reportedly transported to Lisbon for medical help after experiencing paralysis in parts of his body. He posted an update to his Instagram account today:
“Just wanted to give my friends and family an update of what’s going on with me. I’ll give more details and proper thank yous to everyone helping out about the incident when my mom and girlfriend are here in the next couple days. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of love and support I’ve gotten in the last 24 hours from everyone. It means the world to me. Just to keep it short, I want everyone to know I’m okay and stable. I had a freak accident surfing but the good news for now is I can feel and move my feet. It’s not official but it sounds like I will be getting a surgery on my neck here in Portugal. I’m sorry if I don’t get back to you guys but I figured this will be the easiest way to let my family around the world know everything is ok and I’m in great hands. Love you all and whatever happens I want everyone to know it’s ok. Also if anyone knows the guys who helped me on the beach, I would be stoked to get their info to personally say ‘Thank you.'”
Josh’s sister Keila Moniz also wrote about her brother’s accident, thankful he’s still alive:
“I’m gonna start by saying our boy is ok! He got into a freak accident and hit his head on the bottom (thank God it was sand) at Supertubos yesterday and broke his neck. Although the next couple weeks and months are gonna feel very long for him and us, I’m so THANKFUL that we got to FaceTime him this morning. I’m thankful for life, I’m thankful for ALL the watermen who saved his life, and I’m thankful for how strong this kid is. You got this Josh. We love you so much, and I’m so sorry this happened but I know this is just gonna make you even stronger of a man!!!! Thank you to every person who has been there locally in Portugal to help our boy out. It means so much to my family how supportive the community has been.”
It sounds as if surgery is imminent for the Snapt4 surfer and star of Billabong’s Adventure Division series (below), who is currently ranked in the top 50 on the Challenger Series. We’re thinking of Josh and the rest of the Moniz family.