Gettin Lickins!

A few minutes into the opening heat at Mavericks, the whole group of contestants were taken out by a clean up set. Mark Healey had a GoPro camera and captured the special moment.

Sadly they edited out how long he was held under for.

Video courtesy of Transworld Surf Magazine

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7 Responses to Gettin Lickins!

  1. mulletkiller says:

    If someone like Mark is hanging onto the side of his board ventilating before he takes another on the head, you know he took lickins

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      I really wish they gave it to us unedited because he took a two wave beat down. The part I like the best was after he regained composure (I don’t know how), he let out that loud…”Yeeeeeaaaah!!!”

      He then paddled back out and caught a few but finished 4th in his 6 man heat. Heavy stuff.

  2. Odd One says:

    I know! I wanted to get a sense of the hold down. He was tombstoning before he came up for air and this video doesn’t show that.
    His face before he gets smashed shows everything. Ugh.

  3. Odd One says:

    Did you see Alex Martin’s wipeout from the warm up session earlier in the week? And this ‘warm up’ session was especially heavy and dangerous. Massive closeouts. Alex wasn’t able to compete because of it. http://vimeo.com/84881976

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      He is lucky he popped up but there is no way he could get deep for the second one. That must have been hideous. Thankfully he got plucked out before he was in the rocks.

      I am guessing O.B. must have been both huge and a no go.

      • Odd One says:

        Yeah, OB has been big, but not bigger than the swell that hit us earlier this month. It actually looks pretty messy out there. No epic photos come out of OB this week! We’ve had an insane run this year though.

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