VIDEO: Cocoa Beach’s Kelly Slater Helps Save Life of Big-Wave Australian Surfer Russell Bierke

By  //  April 20, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Big-wave surfer Russell Bierke talks about his serious wipe out and assistance by 11-time world surfing champ and Cocoa Beach native Kelly Slater. (standard.net.au video)

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Big-wave surfer Russell Bierke is a fearless Australian who won last year’s Red Bull Cape Fear event, which was one of the craziest surf contests of 2016.

But even for a spry 19-year-old like Bierke, things can go wrong in the water quickly, which is what happened on Wednesday while he was surfing 15-to-18-foot waves in Port Campbell in Victoria.

Thankfully, 11-time world surfing champ and Cocoa Beach native Kelly Slater was there to save Bierke’s life.

According to The Standard, Bierke was surfing with Kelly Slater, Ross Clarke-Jones, Tom Carroll and Ryan Hipwood when he took an inside wave towards the end of the session, wiped out and was knocked unconscious by his board.

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