Got a low tide pile drive from pipeline yesterday afternoon. No memory of the impact. Only of being disorientated underwater. I could feel I was near the surface but could not get there. Luckily my neighbor Daniel saw me floundering around and pulled me up with @ryantfoley and put me on my board. Daniel was telling me to paddle but I couldn’t move my left arm, so he towed me out of the impact zone and pushed me in on a white water like my dad used to do. Next thing I knew I was laying next to a fire truck with super human lifeguards @mikeybruneau and @davewassel. I was taken to Queens Medical Center for a CT scan and MRI. Both showed everything in tact and was released at 3:30am. I got a few staples on the back of my head for two puncture wounds and now have to wear a neck brace for a week. My neck and back are so sore and swollen, but could have been a lot worse. Lucky to be alive. Thank You @ryantfoley Daniel, @mikeybruneau @davewassel @mikalajones and everyone else who helped me. Thanks @a_gray for the dry cloths, got them on right now!
North Shore charger and former WQS surfer Daniel Jones was helped back to shore by friends and lifeguards after a nasty wipeout at Pipeline on Wednesday afternoon, the day before the Volcom Pipe Pro kicked off. Mikala’s younger brother, who is now shaping boards as well as surfing, was taken to hospital on a spinal board, but fortunately neither the CT scan nor MRI showed any sign of serious damage. Things were pretty hairy for a while though — he explained what happened in the above Instagram post. We wish him a speedy return to the water.