Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Big Wave Worth the Broken Leg

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Big Wave Worth the Broken Leg

Article excerpt

TWO surfers with ties to the Coffs Coast have taken out major awards at the Oakley Big Wave Awards.

Justin Holland and Heath Joske have been crowned the champions of Big Wave Surfing in Australian waters for 2015/16.

Holland, born and raised at Emerald Beach, put it all on the line and broke his femur on this wave in June on what was deemed as the biggest wave in Australian waters at Western Australia's Cow Bombie.

"I felt comfortable as I got to the bottom but I was definitely wondering where the lip was and knew that I needed to power up and get out of there fast," Holland said.

"It was at that moment that the lip hit me. It was this amazing noise, this explosion behind me, and instantly I felt my leg snap. The pain hit me so hard and so fast, but at the same time I was under the water getting destroyed. …

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