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The Inertia

Back on December 6th, Mark Mathews paddled out to Jaws. The waves were massive, and the Peahi Challenge was about to run. But before the horn blew signifying the start of the first ever WSL event at Jaws, Mark Mathews dropped into a wave that would literally tear him limb from limb.

After sticking the drop–an amazing feat in itself, he found himself going way to fast to do anything but go straight. The mountain of water behind ran him over and pulled his right arm out of its socket, then held him down while he took the beating of a lifetime. Thankfully, the safety crew out at Jaws is one of the best in the world, and Mathews wound up safe, if very rattled, on the back of a ski.

His wave has been entered in the Wipeout of the Year category of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards.


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