Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gerard Butler Hospitalized After Two Wave Hold-Down

Talk to a surfer who surfs big waves and they will tell you how life changing a two wave hold-down is. Gerard Butler just suffered his first while filming scenes for his new movie and was rushed to the hospital, but he will be fine. A two wave hold-down is exactly what you think it is. You get pulled under by one wave and can't make it back to the surface by the time the next wave comes through. You think to yourself that you will never breathe again and are going to die right there.

29 comments:

MISCH said...

Think he'll realize he's human like the rest of us...?
But as someone who grew up at the beach it is absolutely frightening.

yourfaceisamess said...

they are horrifying.

Sherry said...

It's pretty scary!

lolaluvs2snack said...

maybe every celebrity needs a 2 wave hold down....

MacVixen said...

Just read about this in my local paper this morning - the surfers he was with are from my home town. Mavericks is serious business. I actually can't believe they took a novice like Butler out there. People die at Maverick's on the regular. The waves are HUGE!

cheesegrater15 said...

Good thing he's gonna be okay.

KLM said...

That is pretty terrifying - have had it happen and it is the opposite of fun.

kelley said...

I'm not a big fan of his but I'm really sorry this happened to him. It sounds terrifying! Macvixen, glad to get some behind-the-scenes details on the area.

Rita said...

Happened to me in while vacationing near the Pacific. It rolls you and rolls you, and all of a sudden, you don't see the sun, you don't know which is up and which is down.

Most terrifying moment of my life, believing I will have to inhale and drown.

cheesegrater15 said...

OMG, Rita and KLM! *hugs*

Dishtlk said...

Ugh sounds TERRIFYING!!! My fish phobia (or fishues as I call them) keeps me in pools 99% of the time and now here is one more reason to add to that list.

feraltart said...

We call it being dumped in Australia. I have been dumped once, and it is scary.

Rita said...

Thanks Vicki, and it WAS scary! The worst thing? I was vacationing with my gay guy friend (gay husband), and HE GOT SAVED BY THE CUTE BODYGUARD, while I was left fending for myself and trying to find my bottom bikini (lost it in the waves).

No worries though, my bikini simply floated towards me while I was still spitting sea water.

timebob said...

take Mark Wahlberg's advice, use stunt doubles.

mooshki said...

The water there has got to be freaking freezing, too! Brr!

Sylvia said...

Rita, what happen to your gay friend and the cute bodyguard lol

Rita said...

He freaking got drunk with the cute bodyguard later that night.

And I don't want to know what happened. I might ask for a fake divorce!

trogdor said...

Wow! When we used to cut school here in the east bay, back in the mid-ninties when Maverick's first started getting popular with the non bay riders, we used to go out to Pillar Point and just watch the waves. I've been to a lot of places around the world, but I swear I've never seen nature so beautiful and so angry in one singular moment. 20 to 80 foot tall, thick, massive, inky green waves breaking right to left and only about 400 yards from a sheer rock face. You have to drop in high and from the right to ride out left or you'll hit the rocks and you continuously get rolled and rolled until it pushes you under and spits you out half a mile away near shore. We thought we were bad asses for surfing at Fort Point, but Maverick's makes the point look like you're merely wading in a bathtub while wearing floaties and a lifejacket. In about 20 trips, I've only ever seen 4 or 5 people actually riding pipe. This dude seriously got lucky. If you ever end up in SF around winter, you have to check it out. You will never forget it.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

I've been under for one, got knocked sideways, scared as shit it was all over. I coughed up ocean water for a long, long time after I got out.

Texshan said...

I've had it happen to me, and even though I am a super-strong swimmer and the "floatiest" person alive, I was convinced I was going to die. The waves spin you around and around so you are completely confused, and the undertow is so strong it feels like there are hands holding you down. It's only happened once and I hope it never happens again. Glad my not-so-secret dirty-boy crush is OK!

MnGddess said...

I am sick to my stomach just reading about your experiences! I hope that never happens to any of you again!

nunaurbiz said...

Oh, how I wish I were there to give him mouth-to-mouth!!!!

Paramedic: Ma'am, you can stop now. He appears to be breathing now. ... Ma'am ... He's breathing now. ... Ma'am! Please! You can stop the mouth-to-mouth because he's breathing now ...

Police: Ma'am, step away from the Butler!

tee hee hee

cheesegrater15 said...

LMAO @nunaurbiz

Sylvia said...

LOL@Rita

mooshki said...

Trogdor, there's a restaurant right outside of Half Moon Bay that is above a rocky section of the coast. My mom and I had dinner there one night when it was storming, and it was absolutely spectacular watching the waves crash.

WBotW said...

What the heck were they thinking, having him at Maverick's?!

Rita said...

@nunaurbiz - LOL! But don't worry, the Butler is easy and likes kissing the ladies. You just have to be in his way. That's all it takes!

Rose said...

This is one of my worst nightmares, although not specifically a two wave. I can't and don't swim. I don't get in water past my ribs and I won't dunk my head. I can't put my head under water.

Anonymous said...

Oh Man, just reading all of your scary stories about almost drowning and not knowing up from down, is making me gasp for air-- And I'm just sitting in bed typing !!
Sounds like Butler got very lucky ! I wonder why they let him do that at such a dangerous place ?? Stupid Director ? Butler thought he was a good enough surfer?

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