Big wave surfer Mike Parsons was surfing San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on Sunday, January 20, 2013, when he got in late on 10 – 12 foot wave and ended up going down hard, according to a story on Surfline.
“It was amazing out there, I was having the best time; everyone was getting waves,” Snips said. “I was having a blast. About four hours into the session, I was looking for one in, and a nice set was coming. I paddled for the third wave, thinking I’d get in a little early with a chip shot out the back.” . . Turned out to be not the case. “I thought I was into it, then suddenly realized I wasn’t. I took two more strokes and tried to stand up in what turned out to be the lip. I free fell, and remember my feet hitting my board for a second, then my head hit the water really hard.”
That hit reportedly cracked his C7 vertebrae. At first he thought he was paralyzed. Luckily, Parsons was wearing flotation and surfer Charlie Vaughn was close enough to hear his screams. According to the story Parsons will spend “six weeks in a neck brace, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. Click the link for the entire story.