VIDEO: Cocoa Beach’s Kelly Slater Helps Save Life of Big-Wave Australian Surfer Russell Bierke
By Space Coast Daily // April 20, 2017
was surfing 15-to-18-foot waves in Victoria
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)
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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— The Standard (@WboolStandard) April 20, 2017