Tom Lowe's Horror Wipeout at Mullaghmore

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Updated 97d ago

Tackling one of Ireland's premier big wave spots at Mullaghmore is difficult at the best of times, even when you've covered all safety aspects. Yet, nothing can prepare you for taking a huge set on the head, being held-down and blacking out – exactly the situation UK's Tom Lowe found himself in a few days ago.

Lowey's a seasoned charger who's put a lot of time in at Mully. But following a horror fall, he was rescued by Peter Conroy (Ireland's big wave safety guru), and Barry Mottershead (fellow big wave ripper). Lowey was in a bad way, unable to feel his arms to pull his flotation before passing out. This is heavy.

Tom said: ''Having hardly processed what went down yesterday I still felt the need to post something before anybody else does. Firstly to give a big shoutout to @pedro2468 and @sligokayaktours for rescuing me, to let my friends and family know I'm all good and to stress the importance in covering as many safety angles as possible when in heavy surf. I for one have paddled with no support many times, that is now going to stop.

''Yesterday was a big reality check when I fell on a wave at Mullaghmore, the impact knocking the air out my lungs and I couldn't feel my arms to inflate, a hold-down followed. Swallowing water I was in a bad place, never been so scared.

''I surfaced for a split second but couldn't breath and the next one rolled over. I was out of it, like freedive training when you briefly blackout. If not for my impact suit I wouldn't have surfaced in time.

''Barry and Pete were straight on me with ski support, Pete got me on the sled where it took a while before I could breath property. Next thing I'm sitting there with Santa administering oxygen and @noahlane_ getting the shot.

''Again, I feel very grateful for such good friends to watch over me ? For those out there chasing these wild swells; train hard, stay healthy, prepare, wear your vests at all times, look out for your fellow surfers and most importantly - organize safety.''

Having hardly processed what went down yesterday I still felt the need to post something before anybody else does. Firstly to give a big shoutout to @pedro2468 and @sligokayaktours for rescuing me, to let my friends and family know I'm all good and to stress the importance in covering as many safety angles as possible when in heavy surf. I for one have paddled with no support many times, that is now going to stop. Yesterday was a big reality check when I fell on a wave at Mullaghmore, the impact knocking the air out my lungs and I couldn't feel my arms to inflate, a hold-down followed. Swallowing water I was in a bad place, never been so scared. I surfaced for a split second but couldn't breath and the next one rolled over. I was out of it, like freedive training when you briefly blackout. If not for my impact suit I wouldn't have surfaced in time. Barry and Pete were straight on me with ski support, Pete got me on the sled where it took a while before I could breath property. Next thing I'm sitting there with Santa administering oxygen and @noahlane_ getting the shot. Again, I feel very grateful for such good friends to watch over me. For those out there chasing these wild swells; train hard, stay healthy, prepare, wear your vests at all times, look out for your fellow surfers and most importantly - organize safety

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Cover shot: Tom Lowe at Mully last year by Ian Mitchinson