Albee Layer: falling into the abyss

Albee Layer suffered a massive wipeout at Jaws, Maui. He will be out of the water for while.

The Hawaiian big wave hellman has had a fantastic season at Peahi but, this time, the beast wave almost claimed his life. Layer knew there wouldn't be enough swell to run "The Eddie," so he stayed in Maui for a super session in the dangerous break.

Albee took off on a bomb, got hung up in the wind-affected lip and when the nose of his surfboard caught the surface of the water, the surfer was catapulted into hell.

Albee Layer: ready for another go at Jaws

"I'm alive and luckily no fractures in my neck or spine tons or muscle and other damage but nothing that will stop me from a quick recovery," wrote Albee Layer a few hours after the near-death accident.

"I feel like Jaws owes me one now. Hope there's a redemption swell before the year ends. Thanks to Kurtis Chong Kee and the boys for keeping us safe. Till next time."

Albee Layer almost blacked out, but the jet ski support quickly took him away from the impact zone. The Jaws wipeout forced him to wear a neck brace, but he is expected to make a full recovery in the next three weeks.

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