"The Jaws wipeout gave me more confidence," says Tom Dosland

February 1, 2016 | Surfing
Tom Dosland at Jaws: the wipeout that shocked the world | Photo: Chris Egan/WSL

A survivor. A lucky man. Tom Dosland is the man of the moment. After nearly escaping death by guillotine, the big wave surfer from Maui says he's ready... to get back to Jaws.

The American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Always do what you are afraid to do." Tom Dosland survived a 40-foot wipeout at Peahi's death-defying sports arena, but the episode didn't change his plans for the near future.

On December 31st, 2012, Tom had already suffered a painful wipeout at Jaws, but this one shocked the world. What happened? Why did Dosland free-fall from the top of that giant wave? How can he still be alive?

"At the beginning, I was telling myself I was going to go out and just get one big bomb, and get out of there. As soon as I paddled out, one just came right to me, but I pulled back," Tom Dosland tells Red Bull.

"I kept telling myself 'I'm going on the next'. Then, all of a sudden that thing popped up, and it was just like the biggest sea monster. There was just too much wind pulling me up. I looked like I was in a five-storey building, and jumped from there. The most memorable part was the view I had.

"DK Walsh picked me up and took me to the channel. I am just happy to be alive. It kind of gives you some more confidence, you know. I think there's some more swells lining up, so we'll see."

Tom Dosland's monumental wipeout at Jaws is a serious contender for "Wipeout of the Year." What can beat that?

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