Heavy wipeout at undisclosed California spot ends in neck break
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 September, 2015 - Big-wave record holder and Titans of Mavericks invitee Shawn Dollar broke his neck in four places while surfing a remote reef break in Central California.
According to reports Dollar also incurred head trauma and a concussion. He is currently listed in stable condition and under observation at a hospital in Santa Cruz.
The accident happened while Dollar was enjoying a solid south swell in the overhead range at a protected reef break. Local surfers helped rescue him and get him to the hospital.
“I’m so thankful I’m alive and present today,” Dollar said in a statement. “Being surrounded by my loved ones through this time has been paramount for me. I’m so grateful for those who where there in my scariest and darkest hour and who acted on my behalf to get me to safety and reach the hospital in time. I’m thankful to learn that even with these severe injuries I will make a full recovery. They will be met with challenges but with my family’s support and community encouragement I will be back in no time.”
In 2010 Dollar won the Monster Paddle Award for a 60-foot Mavericks bomb. At the Cortes Bank in 2012 Dollar earned a world record by paddling into a 61-foot wave, which earned him another Billabong XXL award.
The Titans of Mavericks page posted the following support message for Dollar: “The entire surfing community extends support and love to Shawn and his family. Shawn will be recovering and rehabilitating over the next few months to return to the line up soon.”