Former Pipe Masters champion, Australian Kieren Perrow, was helped off the beach today after suffering a painful wipeout at Backdoor Pipeline. Just as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series finale began on Day 1 of the Billabong Pipe Masters, Perrow took to the water up against local wildcard, Kaimena Jaquinos. Unfortunately, the final heat of Perrow’s surfing career ended dramatically as he was thrown out of a massive Backdoor barrel section of reef, dislocating his shoulder in the opening round of the contest.
“It spat me out and I just felt my shoulder snap,” Perrow told The Australian news outlet.
While information on additional injuries as a result of the wipeout is still coming in, Perrow was clearly suffering from a brutal fall and the entire beach fell quite. He was not able to swim to shore, hit by multiple set waves before water patrol came to his rescue. Fellow surfers such as World Title contendor and No. 1 WCT surfer, Mick Fanning (AUS), assisted to get Perrow to medical staff to put his shoulder back into place.
Pipeline is unforgiving, as many surfers brave enough to face her know all too well. We wish Kieren a speedy recovery.
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