Injured Alex Martins Rescued in Heavy Mavericks Wipeout

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Heavy surf came through on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 for a Mavericks warm-up at the dangerous Northern California break. Many of big wave surfing’s finest were in the line-up to test the waters, preparing for a possible start the the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro, an Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour event. Unfortunately, the heavy swell took a toll on a few of the athletes as rescue teams came in to assist in a few emergency situations.

Watch Martins’ wipeout:

Alex Martins Wipe Out and Rescue from Powerlines Productions on Vimeo.

Big wave surfer Alex Martins, born in Brazil and now residing in San Francisco, was rescued after a walled-up set came through followed by a terrifying wipeout. It was so nuts, that the photo below made Billabong XXL news.

Reports are coming in that Martins is suffering from a neck and knee injury.

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Alex Martins faced down what might be called a “Wall of Water” today at Mavericks.  Photo: Billabong XXL | Richard Hallman.

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Alex Martins was due to compete this Friday at the Mavericks Invitational event. Photo: Facebook

We hope that Alex makes a speedy recovery. Check back for updates.

Click here for more info on the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro.




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Shannon Marie Quirk is the Editor-in-Chief of the TheSurfChannel.com, and Director of Digital Media for The Surf Channel and The Ski Channel Television Networks. She is a sports journalist with Bachelors of Arts degrees in English and Spanish Literature from UCLA, trained as a photojournalist by the Los Angeles Times and TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine. A San Francisco native, Shannon is a surfer, competitive snowboarder, and believes that athletes have a responsibility to take care of their playgrounds. FOLLOW: @ShannonReporting


 
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