I Was Drowning.
by Owen James Burke
Pedro Calado at Puerto Escondido, Mexico, in the right place at the wrong time. Photo: Waves.terra.com.br
Brazilian surfer Pedro Calado–who frequents Jaws on Maui and Nazaré in Portugal–is no stranger to big waves or big wipeouts, but this, he says, was the worst of his life.
Screenshot from Surfline’s “Greatest Wipeouts”.
Calado was one among only about six surfers in the lineup that day, which was said to be the largest swell the beach had ever seen and dubbed “Día de la Madre”. Conditions were anything but accommodating, and he was growing antsy after not having caught a wave for sometime.
Below, you’ll find a video of Calado breaking down the near-death experience with a smile on his face, in true Brazilian form. There’s something about these close calls that seems to lighten the rest of our experiences, a sensation with which he’s well acquainted: