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Video: Surfer Alex Botelho Injured During WSL’s Nazare Surf Challenge

Portuguese Big Wave surfer Alex Botelho is in the hospital following a serious accident at the WSL's Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge held earlier today in Nazare, Portugal. He was being towed behind a jetski when it was crunched between two of Nazare's notoriously massive waves. He, along with the jetski and driver, was thrown high into the air before crashing back down into the choppy foam. It is unclear what, if any, injuries he may have sustained, but event organizers are taking the accident seriously, as they should.

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Safety personnel quickly got him out of the water, onto a backboard, and then to the hospital. According to the WSL, he is currently stable and conscious in the hospital, and will remain there for further evaluation. Our best wishes go out to Botelho, and our admiration goes to the first responders who may have saved his life. 

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