Mikey Brennan: earlier, this drop went better | Video still: Tim Bonython Productions

Big wave surfer Mikey Brennan has crushed the L1 vertebrae and damaged a couple of discs after a terrible wipe out at a secret spot in Tasmania.

Brennan and friend Marti Paradisi were having a terrific surfing session.

Suddenly, Mikey drops a huge wave and falls at the bottom. He hits the ledge and is forced to quit the big surf.

The Tasmanian surfer will be able to walk in the future but must stay quiet for the next six weeks.