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Big Wave rider Jeff Rowley deploys airbag to survive wipeout at Jaws

Jeff Rowley Paddle In Surfing Jaws Peahi Maui 30-31 January 2012

Maui, Hawaii 30-31 January 2012 Taming the T-Rex of Surf Jaws bites - Big wave surfer, Jeff Rowley 'paddles-in' to gigantic 15 metre (50 foot) plus waves at Peahi "Jaws" and cement paddling in as the new frontier in big wave surfing.

According to this article in Surfer Today, big wave surfer Jeff Rowley was buried so deep after getting pummeled at Jaws that he had to deploy an airbag safety device he was wearing. Apparently, he also has a miniature tank of O2 with him as well.

I’m not sure if the spill in the second wave in this video is the wipeout in question, but it could certainly be a candidate. I’m also unable to confirm if Rowley was wearing the Billabong V1 wetsuit developed by Shane Dorian and Billabong, which was announced last summer.

It’s good to know that the relatively new safety device for surfing can do its job outside of test cases. Wearable airbag technology is proving to be indispensable gear for big wave riders like Rowley and backcountry skiers and snowboarders alike, who risk being buried in tree wells and avalanches.

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