Kelly Slater Saves A Mum & Baby From Monster Hawaii Wave
Every winter in Hawaii, giant rolling waves hit their north shore, tempting surfers from around the world to try to ride them.
Even Kelly Slater, legendary US surfer, struggled to get past the shore break and was forced back to the beach - this is how you know that Mother Nature has brought all her fury out to play.
On Wednesday morning, one of the largest swells in years brought waves up to 13.8 metres high to Oahu's Waimea Bay and Maui's Peahi (aka Jaws).
Slater didn't manage to surf any of those waves, but he did leave the day a hero.
The 43-year-old champion surfer rescued Perth woman and tourist Sarah White and her baby after a massive wave swept them all the way to the street.
Her husband, Chris White, thanked the surfer on Instagram.
So thankful the surf gods denied @kellyslater today cos for whatever reason he was right there to save my wife and kid who were swept across a road by a freak wave today. Forever grateful to the great man and so thankful my family is alive and safe 👊🏼 ❤️💙 Thanks to all the lifeguards too who saved many lives today.
Slater said he was just at the right place at the right time.
"For some random reason I stopped there when I normally don't," Slater commented on White's post. "Lifeguards were on it either way and had it handled."
For another surfer, who made it past the breakers, his day ended with a massive wipeout at Jaws.
Tom Dosland lost his footing at the top of a big wave and plummeted down the nearly vertical wave face.
The photos of the huge waves are simply incredible.
Many people are praising the efforts of the lifeguards patrolling the beaches.
Source: Huffington Post
Photos: World Surf League