Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Surfer Flattened by a Wave in the West

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Surfer Flattened by a Wave in the West

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Byline: Emily Burley

EMERALD Beach pro-surfer Justin Holland has spoken about the dice with death that saw him flattened by an 18m wave.

The wave, hailed as "probably the biggest ever ridden in Australia," left Holland with a broken leg.

Holland was surfing at Cow Bombie, an open-ocean reef break about 2km off the coast of Grace Town in WA, with mate and world champion paddle boarder, Jamie Mitchell.

"Conditions when we were out there, there was a little bit of wind but it was big," Holland told MySurfTV. "It was beautiful, the sun was up, there wasn't any clouds in the sky and I was flying down this thing.

"I probably faded a little bit too much but it was fun, it was fast and it was clean so all things were going well at that stage."

Holland described the moment when the freak wave hit.

"It was an amazing noise, like a big slap and an explosion behind you.

"It happened so quick that it was chaos straight after that. …

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