Did Mark Healey Just Attempt the Biggest Beach Break Wave Ever?
by Chris Dixon
Mark Healey drops into history. Screen Grab from Jon Aspuru.
On Sunday, May 3, swells from a tremendous southern hemisphere storm – a cyclone that produced a thousand mile field of fifty foot seas – funneled into the submarine canyon just off Puerto Escondido, in mainland Mexico. Fresh off the plane from the Quiksilver Punta De Lobos Ceremonial big wave contest in Chile, Hawaiian charger Mark Healey paddled into a titanic lefthander on his 9’8″ Ron Meeks big wave gun, made the drop, somehow tucked in under the lip, was absolutely annihilated and then miraculously survived an epic pounding. It was a beast that local legend Edwin Morales called the biggest Puerto wave ever paddled into. Puerto is generally considered to be one of the biggest surfable sand-bottomed beach breaks there is, thus, this is probably the biggest beach break wave ever attempted.
Mark Healey. Going down. Screen Grab from Jon Aspuru.
On his Instagram feed @donkeyshow, Healey, who is no stranger to fear, wrote: “It was really scary out there this morning. Glad everyone is OK. Managed to be in the right place for a solid one on my @meeksboards / @wrv1967 9’8.”
Check out the incredible video from John Aspuru – complete with audio from awestruck onlookers.
And the unbelievable pull back of the action from Clive Richter and a horrendous wipeout are below.
First wave caught in 2 hours followed by a huge clean up
Posted by Clive Richter on Sunday, May 3, 2015
More footage at Surfline.