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aaron gold cloudbreak

Hawaiian big wave dignitary Aaron Gold was found face-down and unconscious at Cloudbreak early this morning, after taking a fall on one of the first waves of the day. Gold wasn't breathing when ski driver Uri Kurop pulled him onto the sled, and Mark Healey was pumping on his chest and blowing air into him for around a minute before he showed signs of life.

Hawaiifrican Benji Brand (@benjibrand) reports:

"Live from Fiji - my brother @therealaarongold had a heavy wipeout this morning at cloudbreak, got a two wave hold down, and then blacked out unconcious [sic] underwater for 2 mins. Currently in the hospital checking the amount of water in his lungs. He wouldn't be alive without @ukfiji grabbing him with the ski or @healeywaterops resuscitating him. God bless you guys. Thank you Lord for being with Aaron. Please keep praying."

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aaron gold cloudbreak

"According to witnesses," reads the WSL press release, "the Hawaiian began breathing again after about one minute of chest compressions, but remained unconscious as they began the trip back to the island. Then, halfway back to the island resort from the offshore reef Gold regained consciousness.

"Back on the island he was given oxygen, and within an hour Gold, while sore and humbled, was smiling at his good fortune. It was a tense moment for all on hand, and the lineup cleared as a result. Gold was eventually transported to a hospital for precautionary reasons. Shortly afterward Gold's friends, much relieved, were back in the lineup."

aaron gold benji brand

aaron gold benji brand

And oh, it was big. Like, this big:

aaron gold ross williams

aaron gold ross williams

Hobgood was in town, of the Damian variety:

As was Gudauskas, Dane:

@therealaarongold love u and am so happy you're okay. Witnessing @gerglong @healeywaterops @ryanhipwood work on Aaron calmly and so professionally was the best thing I've ever seen. Thank you for all the practice you guys have put in for a moment like this morning. For the most part #cloudbreak was onshore with some really dangerous chandeliers. The goofy footers ruled. @danedamus found the gem of gems with a wave twice as perfect as anything else ridden. But @damienhobgood made it look easy and has the best attitude ever as seen here after his crazy tube :) right on everyone! @tavaruaislandresort

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Eddie invitee Gold was one of the standouts of the historic El Niño winter, and his Jaws bomb in January, winner of Biggest Paddle Wave at the recent WSL Big Wave Awards, was hailed by many as the biggest wave ever paddled into.

Best of luck to Aaron with his recovery, more news to follow soon...