Surfer's last ride caught on camera

2013-11-19 13:41

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2013-10-30 09:03

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Hawaii's North Shore is infamous for its large, bone-crushing waves, drawing thousands of daredevil surfers every year. 

One of these fearless souls, Kirk Passmore, went missing last week after taking off on a monster 20-foot wave at an outer reef break called Alligator Rock on Oahu's North Shore and wiping out soon after, the Huffington Post reports. 

Fellow surfers and photographers watched in awe as he took the steep drop, among them, well known wave cinematographer, Larry Haynes. It so happened that Haynes' camera was rolling when the wave crashed over Passmore, throwing him off his board. According to witnesses, Passmore surfaced soon after, but wasn't seen again after another wave washed over him. 

When Passmore's father heard that Haynes had footage of his son's last ride, he asked the cinematographer to share it with the world in his honour. Take a look at the video: 

Passmore was a professional and experienced surfer, which highlights the caution with which everyone should approach the ocean. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for swimming and surfing safety during the holiday season:

1. Be a good swimmer - and be sure that you are always close enough to shore to swim back 

2. NEVER surf alone - Should you get injured or disoriented, having a friend around to either help you or call for help could save your life. 

3. Don't panic - This is easier said than done following a wipe out, but try keeping your wits about you. As suggests, pretend you're a floppy rag doll and don't try to struggle. You will pop up to the surface eventually.

4. Know your limits - Don't try to take on waves that you won't feel comfortable swimming in. 

Check out this GoPro footage filmed by Larry Haynes 

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