The video starts off with the clearly skilled surfer riding a massive wave. Seconds later the rider is pulled down and thrown around as the wave consumes him.
Niccolo Porcella fell off his board and was swung around as the Tahiti waters took control. According to Surfing Life magazine he was bashed against coral reefs and held under water for several minutes. When he was finally able to resurface he found himself coughing up blood.
“It held me under pretty long. My life-vest got blown off right away, and then the second wave drilled me – I actually hit the bottom even harder. Hit my back, my knees, and then I got about four more waves on the head after that… washed over the reef,” Porcella said.
Being the athlete he is Niccolo Porcella got back in the water just 20 minutes after the incident.
Here’s a view of the wipeout captured by a drone from above: