Video | Surviving Big-Wave Hold-Downs

Every surfer knows the feeling. It’s the point of no return, that split second when everything slows down and fate settles in. You’re at the mercy of the ocean—in a bad spot—and as professional big-wave surfer Billy Kemper puts it here, you’re about to take “eight rounds of Mike Tyson,” or at least the oceanic equivalent.

Here’s a compilation of big-wave wipe outs compliments of Tag Heuer, along with some insight from the professionals on how to survive them. SUP Mag Rule No. 1: Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t paddle out.

See also: Big-wave SUP surfing at Teahupoo