Associate Editor

The Inertia

We’ve all been there. You’re in a situation you might call, “over your head.” For some, that’s four-foot Huntington Beach, and for others its 5-9-foot Occy’s Left. You catch a wave, fall, and take what you perceive to be an absolute beating. Maybe you actually do get held under a second wave before having a chance to punch through the surface and replenish the lungs with sweet, sweet oxygen. The bottom line being, waves don’t have to be the size of three-story homes to make you feel like you might die.

That’s what makes it all the more impressive when big wave surfers like Ian Walsh actually get crushed by waves the size of three-story homes and live to tell the tale. The video above comes to us from superfood brand, HANAH – the subtext being if you consume their product you might be able to endure a two-wave hold-down at Jaws. We’re not sure if that’s true, nor are we lining up to verify it. Even through a computer screen, the experience doesn’t seem pleasant.


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