New York surfer survives brutal wipeout at Nazare big-wave contest

New York surfer survives brutal wipeout at Nazare big-wave contest

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New York surfer survives brutal wipeout at Nazare big-wave contest

Professional surfer Will Skudin of New York survived one of the more brutal wipeouts of the Nazare Challenge, a big-wave contest held Friday by the World Surf League in Portugal.

The Long Beach native was “unable to set his stance” on the big wave during Round 1 of the first event on the Big Wave Tour, according to the WSL.

“Two wipeouts, a five-wave set on the head, bloody nose and a bruised ego,” Skudin wrote on Instagram.

One commenter explained why Skudin might have failed to catch the wave on which the vicious wipeout occurred, saying, “He’s on a board he’s never ridden. He’s on a brand-new Twiggy board [aka a Twig Surfboard].”

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Grant “Twiggy” Baker started designing surfboards in Durban, South Africa, in the early 1990s.

Unlike Skudin, Baker’s “Twiggy” board proved successful Friday. Baker wound up winning the Nazare Challenge. No Americans reached the finals.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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