Professional surfer Mikey Wright was alerted that a woman struggling in the water

  1. I almost drowned once at the shore. A wave hit me and I lost me balance. I fell off my feet with my head under the water. By the time I managed to get my head back to the surface another wave would come and push me back. At first I wasn't taking it seriously, but after 2-3 times I realized that this is going to keep happening unless I do something or someone sees me and decides to help. I somehow managed to find the strength to get up against the upcoming wave.

  2. Pacific coast line really drops off quick. Out East you can usually walk like a hundred feet out before water over your head

  3. I think there are some exposed rocks along the shoreline where she is. You see he gets into the water farther down the beach, and if you look closely the waves aren’t crashing on sand but rather on exposed rocks in front of where she is.

  4. So I have surfed for many years and one of the few times I have almost drowned was pretty much right next to shore. I considered myself a good swimmer but the combination of the rip current and the waves hitting over and over again can be too much for even the best swimming. When you are that close to shore were she was the rip current is the strongest. So every time you get you legs down another wave hits you and you get pulled out just a little bit further each time.

  5. My god mother was close to shore in rough water and couldn’t stand up. Before she could get out a wave slammed her into the sand and broke her shoulder. She’s an avid swimmer and was in shallow water.

  6. This happened to me when I was around 10. We were at Patrick's Point beach in California and my friends and I were like calf deep in the water just playing around but not going deeper because there's a serious rip current there.

  7. There is a beach in Iceland that some locals call “Chinese Take Away” due to the number of tourists that have been swept out to sea. Granted we have only lost 4 people in the past 10 years…but even that is 4 too many. If the whole area is warning people not to approach the surf….don’t do it. Sneaky waves.

  8. Those outflows are brutal! You can be so close to land but just can't get there. You really have to anchor yourself to not be swept out then use the waves on the top to push you into shore. Timing and not panicking are paramount.

  9. I grew up on the Mississippi where currents could be pretty strong, there was always an accident every summer where someone drowned unfortunately. My parents made us go to swimming lessons from a young age and we always wore life jackets when swimming until high school age, even then we'd get a side eye from mom. We knew how to get to shore if we were ever caught in the current or what to do in an emergency. So I feel pretty comfortable around water since we spent every weekend on it.

  10. The way this guy utilizes the movement of the tide is insane. He stands in the perfect spot for her to get pushed into him, then rides the waves back to shore. He knows he can't beat the water so he uses it. I wish I was that awesome.

  11. It really is. He knows what he's doing. I feel like if you spend enough time in the water especially in places like this you just like...adapt, in certain ways. That was all I used to do in the summers. Every day the weather allowed it, I'd swim from morning til lunch depending on the tides. i knew that beach so well that 20+ years later I can still picture where everything was and what it looked like. Despite being so used to it, I almost drowned once. Got flipped around under water, didn't know which way was up and bashed my head on a rock thinking I was going towards the surface. One of my friends happened to be a professional swimmer and she saw what happened and got me out. She legit saved my life. I was unconscious. Nature can be brutal even if you're really familiar with it and think you're being careful.

  12. You are that awesome. I'm sure if a woman was struggling in your area of expertise you'd be able to help as effective as this. Maybe you could hold the ctrl+alt for her

  13. I live by the ocean. Not taking out anything from the guy selflessnes...but just from a technical perspective , I think I could do that. You just learn not to be afraid of the waves, let them take you a bit out and then in... And then just postiion yourself at the end of a surf session just to get home.... Not trying at all to show off, but the sequence is just super natural for someone living on the shores...

  14. He did great, but all those ppl who are trying to help are only making it worse. Once one if them goes in, he will have to save another one

  15. Those constant assaults from the waves just wear you out. I've almost drowned in 2 feet of water with my friends laughing at me from the beach.

  16. Think about all of the people watching this who were winded watching him run to the water

  17. Two types of people. There are screams that someone is drowning and needs help. The first person runs to save them. The other person pulls up their phone to record.

  18. The video doesn’t do the experience justice. If you’ve never saved someone from a riptide you can’t possibly understand what it feels like to be close to death that close to the shore.

  19. I had my two small sons hanging on me and we were like 2 feet from the shore, right in front of the life guards. There was a ledge in the sand, so it was just over my head and we could not get out. The life guard came, gave us her float and helped us in. It was so frustrating, embarassing and scary.

  20. One of my most vivid memories is of saving my sister from a riptide. I was about 15, she would have been 12, and we were out in Ocean City, Maryland on a family vacation.

  21. If caught in a riptide and being taken out to sea don't attempt to swim directly towards shore but parallel the beach until you get to a channel that is calmer and will allow you to swim toward land

  22. PSA: She is not caught in a ripcurrent. Ripcurrents go perpendicular to shore, she is moving parallel to shore in a longshore current. She can’t get to shore because she is caught in the circular wave action. This is large surf breaking very close to shore which creates especially strong wave action. When people get stuck in the circular motion of waves it is often referred to “getting washing machined,” because it feels like you are trapped in a washing machine. The water is also very aerated which makes it extremely difficult to swim in.

  23. This isn't a rip current. This is another phenomenon called undertoe. Wave crashes you on the bottom then quickly and forcefully recedes into the next wave. A rip current is when a sandbar breaks and the water being bottled up close to shore (by the sandbar) now has an exit

  24. I think you mean parellel to the direction of the rip. In this case it's a travelling rip, moving parellel to the shore.

  25. Was there a riptide in this video? It looks like the victim is being pushed towards the shore. She starts about 3 feet deep and ends up about 12 inches deep. She got pushed in. Riptides go out. Right?

  26. If you ever find yourself in that situation again, swim parallel to the shore until you're out of the riptide and then swim in. Trying to swim in to shore while you're still in the riptide is how ppl drown from exhaustion.

  27. RNLI lifeboat person here - hijacking this comment just to say always try to swim at public beaches patrolled by lifeguards. And always make yourself aware of any flags and what they mean - they’ll often point you to safe areas away from known riptides. And as someone already pointed out if you’re caught in one the best thing to do is swim parallel to the beach, and when it lessens you can swim in. Some rips will funnel you back out to sea, just go with it and swim away from it when able.

  28. A few years ago, I was in an area where they had strong tides parallel to shore (editing this because I have no idea if that's still technically a riptide or not). One moment I was jumping in the waves with my friend, the next I looked up and I had been swept downshore, nowhere near him at all.

  29. wow that looks like a dangerous place to swim. growing up i always hated how boring the beaches are close to where i live, but i'm glad it wasn't like this.

  30. Back in the day a buddy and I were hanging in the ocean just up to our knees. He did a little squat in a wave to cool down a bit and it swept him out 50ft in seconds. The dude was 25 year old and ripped and in the best shape of his life. He was out there for maybe 2-3 minutes and almost died. It took a surfer to get him back in. He could barely walk from the exhaustion.

  31. A coworker died in a similar fashion. He grew up on the beach and was visiting family for a holiday. He was apparently just going to go for a swim and then just disappeared. His body wasn’t found for two days. He was a good kid It always bothered me that it was just casually brought up at a morning briefing. Then everyone just went about their business.

  32. I have only ever really swam in the Gulf which apparently is pretty gentle. It has waves but nothing like this

  33. This video is absolutely destroying all my preconceived notions of how surf works. I thought they were out of it when they were literally rolling on the shore, then they got up and started walking, and five seconds later they're getting smashed by a breaker taller than he is. And no matter how much I rewatch it, it still seems to come out of nowhere.

  34. My life was saved by a random body surfer who came out of nowhere. I was at Sandy's Beach in oahau getting pulled to the rocks on the right.

  35. I'm so glad the camera man kept filming. That man was like I got her out she's safe then bam the biggest wave was like nah.. but seriously I'm glad they are all safe

  36. You can tell he felt the pull of the tide before it hit because he goes to wrap her up right before it hits to protect her.

  37. I’ve been caught in something like that much shallower. It was crazy how I couldn’t get up. Eventually my partner realised I wasn’t messing around and came to help.

  38. I went out after a guy in Cancun on my honeymoon at low tide. I’m not a professional surfer/swimmer. The only training I’ve ever had was swim team growing up as a kid where I placed last place nearly every race. We both almost died. It was so dark and we got sucked out so far. I haven’t been in the ocean since. Guys if you get sucked out just try to conserve energy and float. Yell for help if within earshot. The guy I went out for had been struggling for a few minutes and couldn’t kick because of muscle fatigue. Brett from Chicago if you’re reading this, RED FLAGS MEAN STAY OUT OF THE WATER you dingus.

  39. This made me tear up, such a brave thing to do and thankfully a positive outcome for them both 👏 👏👏

  40. Protip: If you can't rescue someone yourself (and you shouldn't unless you're trained, panicked people will straight up drown you) you should point directly at them and continue to do so until they're rescued. It's very easy to miss a head bobbing around in the waves and once they're gone, they're usually gone for good.

  41. The thing that amazes me is that he calculated the riptide and went right to the spot the person in trouble was going to be. What an amazing rescue.

  42. So crazy story like this (I'll try to keep it short). In 2009 (I was around 20) me and about 10 friends went to Cabo. We took a few of the glass bottom boats over to "lovers beach" and "divorce beach".

  43. This is the moment in movies where the girls falls madly in love with her hero. Like I bet the whole thing play slow motion for her. In all seriousness I'm glad she's okay

  44. Scary stuff. When I was younger my sister and I got caught in a riptide. We tried to swim parallel to shore but instead got dragged out about 100ft+ and slowly made our way back. Wasn’t life threatening by any means but still terrifying.

  45. In Hawaii about a decade ago, the waves were breaking right on the shoreline. Wet sand is very hard , and I commented to my sister that the people playing there should be careful. Moments later there was a woman lying unconscious on the beach.

  46. Not to detract from an amazing act of heroism, and an masterful display of familiarity with the behaviour of the surf, but...

  47. I was saved by a surfer once when I was 12. Got stuck in a rip tide. They saw me 20ft out from the beach thrashing and almost drowning in the ocean. They swam out all triumphant and saved my dumb soggy self. Totally epic moment for me and hopefully for them as well. Thank you random surfer woman from La Jolla.

  48. Huge respect for people who are that knowledgeable about the ocean. I grew up in Hawaii and some people here are basically merpeople living on land. They are way more comfortable on the ocean than i am walking around on dry land.

  49. Saw a rather large woman get smashed by a wave at Napili Bay on Maui. She had her back to the water and got knocked down and couldn’t get back up. Waves kept rolling her up the beach and then dragging her back out. I started to run across the beach from about 50 yards away to help her but by the time I got there, her two friends had finally dragged her far enough up the beach so the waves couldn’t drag her back in. She was exhausted. The ironically funny thing about this was there were two young women about 10 yards away and all they did was watch this poor woman get the crap knocked out of her. What’s wrong with people?

  50. So, my dumb ass thought rip tides happened further out. Not that close to shore. That’s terrifying

  51. I remember one time as a kid, my dad brought me and my brother at the Ocean. I was playing and riding waves literally at the border of the water, but it was a windy day, and the waves were quite big for my small frame at that time. My innocent self thought it was all fun, until one of these waves knocked me on the sand, and while i was laying on my belly, trying to get up, another one came and hit me again, pushing me down in the wet/musky sand. With each wave, i was getting pushed deeper in the sand, and being pulled deeper in the ocean with the waves retracting. I couldn’t get up because the waves and the water kept pushing me down, while the sand was dragging me back with the water, it was absolutely frightening. That whole thing happened in 10 seconds and I still remember the panic I felt at that moment. Thankfully, my dad was right in front of me and pulled me out to safety.

  52. WOW!! I wouldn't go within 50 feet of that water and I'm a damned good swimmer. I'll tell you the truth the first time I was ever afraid of the oven was when I visited my sister in Oregon and saw the Pacific. It was just way too much ocean and the thought that there was nothing between me and Japan, uh-huh.

  53. This is just a stroke of luck that she wasn’t sucked out to sea, and basically was pushed right into his arms. NEVER try to jump in the ocean to rescue someone. You will both probably die. Look how those waves toss those people around like they’re a grain of sand. You cannot pull someone out of that. You can’t hold onto them and swim.

  54. Agreed, most people would not be able to make this rescue. This woman didn’t just land in his arms though, he planned that entry. This kind of rescue isn’t about swimming, you literally just grab your victim and maneuver them and yourself so that you are getting pushed in with the waves but not getting pulled to the back of the wave and thrown over the top. This type of rescue has nothing to do with swimming and everything with strength, breath holds, and most of all wave knowledge. This man is a pro bug wave surfer. He wasn’t lucky, he’s a world renowned athlete that knew exactly what he was doing.

  55. looks like he saw the rip was parallel to shore and positioned himself to intercept her. exactly right

  56. It actually is an amazing rescue. I know it doesn’t look like much because they are so close to shore, but with that much wave action and the water being that aerated, really only someone who was an amazing athlete and had a lifetime of knowledge and experience in the water could have pulled this off.

  57. Stay out of the fucking ocean, not sure why people INSIST on going out there. Between riptides and creatures that bite and sting it’s just not worth it. I got stung by a sting Ray 10 years ago and I will never go into the ocean again.

  58. As someone who was saved from nearly drowning (as a young adult in a riptide) I don’t agree with this, but I do agree there can be risk with helping a panicked person in the water.

  59. Some people stand in the darkness Afraid to step into the light Some people need to help somebody When the edge of surrender's in sight

  60. that surf is way too heavy to even sunbathe on that beach—it looks like they would have made it out okay if the clip hadn’t cut short

  61. What are they doing there , this is not a place for bathing . I can understand if it they were surfing .

  62. Remembering distinctly what it was like to almost drown in the Pacific ocean because I was a ballsy kid that did not understand how the ocean worked and how powerful riptides and undertows were, this video made me SWEAT. The ocean is a big water child and we as humans are just play things for it to toss around with reckless abandon

  63. While this is an amazing feat of bravery and skill, it is a established fact that you should always use a medium(Floatation device, buoy, hell even a rope or shirt)between you and the distressed individual when attempting a water rescue. Nothing worse than attempting to rescue someone, then it ending with both people perishing.

  64. Dazed, confused, and looks like she was caught in an eddy or something. Yeah, this is a good way to wind up dead. Good on him for saving her butt.

  65. Wonder if that's in Pavones, rough rocky surf spot, even if it is one of the best places to surf. I've gotten caught up in that while I was out there and you're fighting repeated inundation of wave over wave while trying to get your footing on otherwise painful rocks.

  66. Growing up on the outer banks we used to go surfing ahead of hurricanes (basically the only time you get decent waves). Water is no joke and this is pretty rough surf. Please be aware of your abilities and limitations before venturing in to surf like this.

  67. Oregon coast claims people being stupid every year. It's really damn cold too on top of being very powerful at weird times, has major rip currents that pull people out and there are large sweeper waves that just grab people and pull them out. When I went there with my niece that had never seen the ocean before I told her to never turn her back to the ocean.

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