Surf Legend Kelly Slater Saves The Day After Freak Wave Hits Mom And Young Son
As I showed you yesterday when surfer Tom Dosland got gobbled up by a wave in Hawaii known as “Jaws,” mother nature and her rolling water is never anything you want to mess with.
Fortunately, for a mom named Sarah White and her 22-month-old son Van, they were rescued after getting swept under a freak wave in Hawaii by surfing legend Kelly Slater, who, no doubt, saved both of their lives yesterday.
Walking along a footpath, White and her young son were taken down by the force of the wave, with Slater coming to their aid at the most critical time, able to play lifeguard and have them walk away unscathed.
The 11-time world surfing champ tried to downplay his actions, saying, “For some random reason I stopped there when I normally don’t. Lifeguards were on it either way and had it handled.”
After saving the White’s lives, Slater even gave the two a ride back to their house and made a visit this morning to double-check that they were OK, with Chris White—the husband and father of the rescued thanking Kelly with an Instagram post.
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So thankful the surf gods denied @kellyslater today cos for whatever reason he was right there to save my wife and kid who were swept across a road by a freak wave today. Forever grateful to the great man and so thankful my family is alive and safe 👊🏼 ❤️💙 Thanks to all the lifeguards too who saved many lives today.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen another person help save someone from drowning—as Andre Botha and Mick Fanning did so for a surfer late last year at Pipeline—so that Slater helped a mom and son walk away is just another bro move.