For a surfer, catching a big wave can be both exhilarating and frightening at the same time. In July 2008, Australian surfer Kerby Brown rode a 41-foot monster wave in Western Australia. But he almost didn’t live to tell the tale of his epic ride.
Kerby Brown: The Big Wave Gone Evil
Brown was elated to have the opportunity to ride such a massive wave, but the feeling didn’t last long. Moments after photographers were able to document his epic ride, the wave went “evil” causing a devastating wipe out that he almost didn’t escape from.
“Usually the wave never steps out or goes evil like that one, but it just went dry,” Brown said when recalling the details of his ride. “I went straight over in the lip and did about 10 backflips and then pulled a muscle in my shoulder. It felt like I ripped my arm out of its socket.”
But getting crushed by the wave for just the first part of his wipe out. Brown still had to reach the surface with a bad shoulder.
“I felt like I was the deepest I’d ever been (underwater). I took about 10 huge big strokes to get up, and I was seriously struggling. I finally got to the surface, and I was ready to pass out, luckily my brother was there on the (jet) ski.”
An Award Worthy Wave
The unbelievable photos of Kerby Brown surfing this monster wave were entered into the Oakley Surfing Life Big Wave Awards. The organization rewards surfers who dare to ride the biggest waves off the coast of Australia. Brown’s monster wave is being called the largest Australian wave surfed in 2008. Pictures of the July 2008 ride were just released on November 7, 2008, by the Oakley Surfing Life Big Wave Awards.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.