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Albee Layer Shares His Highs and Lows from Jaws

Brain injuries like Chronic traumatic encephalopathy have become a topic of a big concern in sports like football, but you rarely hear about it within the context of surfing. Some surfers, like Albee Layer, have taken heavy slams to their heads, causing major repercussions. After a massive wipeout on a 30-foot wave at Jaws last month, Layer was left with a serious concussion that he’s still coping with today. The injury prompted him to explore the highs and lows of big wave surfing for his latest edit The Hits So Far.

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Going through several years of highlights and slams has helped me start to look at some big questions, mainly is it worth it. Are the highs of surfing this wave now, worth the physical and mental pain it's very likely to cause later in life, and... I HAVE NO IDEA. I wish I did but I don't. I'm sure like everything in life it's about finding a balance

-Albee Layer

Layer still plans to surf big waves, but recent events have him thinking critically about the future.

About The Author

stash member Katie Lozancich

TGR Staff Writer and photographer. Fond of bikes, pow, and dogs. Originally from Northern CA, home for me has ranged from the PNW to a teepee in Grand Teton National Park.