Over the weekend, a surfer shared a terrifying video on social media of himself getting dragged under and drilled by numerous giant waves. He gasped for air each time another huge wave went washing over him, and caught the whole thing on camera.
The TikTok account @thatwastooclose posted the intense clip, and the video lived up to the account’s name. A jet ski pulls the surfer towards the large waves at first. He then lets go of the rope and rides the ocean waves. All is well at first before things take a drastic turn.
One second he’s riding a large wave, and the next the ocean has swallowed him whole. The surfer is using a GoPro camera or something similar to capture his run on the waves. In fact, he’s able to keep it on himself and film the entire time he fights to stay alive and keep his head above the water. The first wave subsides and he’s able to return to the surface, but that’s just the beginning.
The enormous waves continue to crash over him. He’s pulled underneath the surface of the ocean four more times as he’s tossed around like a ragdoll. Although the surfer is surrounded by jet skiers, they have trouble getting to him at first, which adds to the suspense of the clip.
Finally, after the fifth dip into the murky waters of the ocean, a jet ski comes to his rescue. The big wave surfer grabs ahold of the waverunner and the relief on his face is clear. There’s no doubt that the unnamed individual just had a near-death experience. Yet he lives another day to ride another wave.
Surfer Dies After Having Arm Ripped Off in Shark Attack
In other surfing-related news from this past week, another man wasn’t as lucky in Australia on Saturday. A shark viciously attacked a surfer who lost his arm before dying off the Australian coastline this weekend.
According to local police, the shark attack victim appeared to be a man in his 20s. He went surfing at the beach to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, which Australians acknowledge on September 5 each year. As of now, officials have not released the man’s name.
Authorities told CNN that the surfer was off the coast of Shelly and Emerald beaches in Coffs Harbour. The location is around 300 miles from Sydney. Multiple bystanders saw the shark attack and tried to rescue the surfer. Paramedics quickly arrived at the scene as well, but he sadly passed away before making it to the hospital.
“A number of local surfers and bystanders came to the aid of this man,” New South Wales ambulance official Chris Wilson told CNN. “Despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics, and other emergency services, the patient couldn’t be revived.”