Puerto Escondido Hold Down

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by Bruce Springsuite, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Bruce Springsuite

    Bruce Springsuite Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015

    Have you guys ever experienced anything like this?
    Longest hold down?
  2. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014

  3. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    He was getting worked
  4. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Yes, but no GP in my mouf to prove it.
  5. Bruce Springsuite

    Bruce Springsuite Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    That guy was committed to the footage. I would have probably spit that thing out so I could breathe, or at least held it in my hand.
  6. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    Ive experienced what felt like that, but was probably 1/10 or less as bad. Speaking of Escondido, my buddy and his brother went down there and on his first paddle out the brother was nailed by a set wave right on the back. It broke his back and the board under him like a karate chop. Spent the whole vacation in the hotel room in agony refusing to see a mexican doctor for more than pain killers. Didnt know his back was broken until he was back in the states and x rayed. That place has always scared the sh*t out of me.
  7. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Yep. When it's that big, I want every molecule of air I can take in for survival.
    Great footage though. Live and learn.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
  8. wik

    wik Active Member

    Apr 26, 2007
    When you paddle out into bigger surf you have to be ready for those situations. He's fortunate he had his board nearby to hang onto (in one piece). The board becomes a lifeline. When its big like that there is so much air stirred up in the impact zone that it is very difficult to get to the surface because you keep sinking into the aerated water. Just getting above the water for a breath is exhausting. Its hard enough to get ping-ponged by a big wave or two but when a long set runs you down it can get pretty serious, especially if the rips keep you in the impact zone. Always replace your big wave leashes every couple of years as they can age and of course the big boys wear life vests now.. I can think of a few situations where that would have come in handy-
  9. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2014
    I've definitely had a couple gnarly hold downs in surf only a fraction of that size. I can't imagine that ish. But when I was under I could've sworn I wasn't coming back up. It's always when it's too deep and I can't kick off the bottom. The board is definitely a lifeline in times of desperation.
  10. Bruce Springsuite

    Bruce Springsuite Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Good advice. I didn't even think about sinking in the aerated water that has to be a ****y feeling.
  11. Bruce Springsuite

    Bruce Springsuite Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    That's crazy, did he swim all the way in with a broken back or did someone have to bring him in ?
  12. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    He obviously did not wax his board properly....
  13. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Agreed. Big wave leashes should be replaced annually, however.
  14. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Didn't this guy make the same exact video for Todos a while back? "How to not surf Todos Santos"
  15. Towelie

    Towelie Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    ^^ +1 oh yeah! it's all coming back now...
  16. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
  17. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Schit that guy had a yellow borte too.


  18. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    He made it back in by himself and crawled up the beach.
  19. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Glad he made it back in. I can relate, as most of you know, a year ago today I had my shoulder completely dislocated and my side was sliced wide open from the fin on my board while going through the rinse cycle and I was pinned to the bottom for what seemed like an eternity.

    I had to make it back in with DOH sets breaking on top of me while I was trying to hold onto my board with one hand and just get pushed back into shore. It took me about 30-40 minutes to make it back in. There were times where I wasn't sure I'd make it but the will to survive is a powerful thing. It was by far the worst experience I've ever had surfing.

    When I finally made it to shore, I just took a knee and assessed the damage and was very thankful I was still breathing (barely). I was in shock and it didn't really hit me what I just went through until about 30 minutes later when the adrenaline dump happened. I was pretty upset that I almost left my wife as a widow in PR on day one of our vacation. It's still in my head every time I paddle out.

    It's getting better each time I go out, but I'd be lying if I said I don't get worried when the waves get well overhead now. I didn't break my back, so i'm sure his situation was worse, IDK, but I don't wish what happened to me on anybody.
  20. salt

    salt Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    holy cow, that was Gnarls Barkley