"I don't know if I would've surfaced without the floatation, 'cause I couldn't move," he said. "I learned for sure -- the waves were solid 10 to 12 feet, and when you're in beachbreak that big and go unconscious, nothing can really help you. It's almost funny wearing flotation at a beachbreak, but it's a no-brainer for me. I could paddle and duckdive fine."
hard to picture a flotation device that wouldn't affect your paddling or duck-diving...anybody know what sort of flotation device he might have been wearing?