WATCH: Big Wave Wipeout at Teahupo’o

“I got annihilated,” says Porcella

Niccolo Porcella was sucked back up by the wave after falling from his board. (WSL Big Wave Awards/Flickr)
Photo: WSL Big Wave Awards/Flickr

Professional kiteboarder and big-wave surfer Niccolo Porcella took a huge wipeout at Teahupo’o, Tahiti, on July 22. After dropping in, the 27-year-old Maui native fell off his board, only to be sucked up by the wave and hurled toward the reef.

“It was the most violent thing—I got annihilated,” Porcella told Surfing Life. But he said it won’t be his last time at Teahupo’o. “The best day of my life was marrying my wife, but this, for sure, was second best. I’m coming back every year.”

Tim Pruvost, who took the video of the wipeout, already submitted it as an entry in the TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year category of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards, according to Time.

Check out the wipeout below: 

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