Surfer Near Death After Giant Wave Hits Contest Spot
Surprise monster close to shore wipes out group
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2011 1:59 AM CST
A wave crashes at Mavericks.   (?Robert Scoble)

(Newser) – A California surfer's life was hanging by a thread after a monster wave wiped out several surf competitors who had gathered for a contest at California's notorious Mavericks beach. Some 30 surfers waiting in the water at the Half Moon Bay site were startled by a 25-footer. Several surfers were knocked off their boards and struggled to the surface, reports the Los Angeles Times.

A photographer on a jet ski hauled the critically injured surfer to shore when he spotted him floating in the water, not breathing. The 30-year-old man was revived by other surfers and rushed to Stanford Medical Center, where he's in a medically induced coma, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A big-wave surf contest planned that day was scrapped at the last minute because waves apparently weren't high enough, but surfers who had gathered for the contest continued to ride the waves. To read more about the surfer's rescue, check out GrindTV here.

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Jan 24, 2011 2:57 AM CST
Spot the difference when compared to the original article: Russell Ord, a photographer who was on a personal watercraft, moved in to pull a different surfer out of the water. As he was taking the surfer toward shore, he came across Trette floating face-up in the white water, according to GrindTV. Trette is the man believed to be injured. Face up/face down. The funny thing is, the last time I tried to write an article for Newser I got an email saying I copied and pasted too much of the article - yet if Newser's own staff did that more, at least they would be slightly more accurate.
Jan 24, 2011 2:19 AM CST
bummer dude...get well soon and recover fully